Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Academy

The California Academy of Sciences is one of our favorite places to visit, and it makes me beam with pride knowing it is the largest public Platinum-rated building in the world, and also the world’s greenest museum.  The Academy's sustainability extends to all facets of the facility - from the bike racks and rechargeable vehicle stations outside the building to the radiant sub-floor heating inside the building to the energy-generating solar panels on top of the building!  Not only is this a place to learn about science, natural history and species from all over the world, but we can also absorb a few lessons about living more efficiently and eco-friendly.

We spend hours within these 'green' walls ~ moving from the planetarium to the aquarium, through the 4-story rainforest, pausing for penguin feedings, and getting lost in time as we stroll through the natural history exhibits.  Our minds race, our hearts pound, and our yearning for learning increases more and more.  The Academy is addictive, and their mission ~ to explore, explain and protect the natural world is one I believe we should all adopt.


[Image by Sean Patrick McArdle]

21 comments:

  1. It sounds so inspiring and fabulous...a four story rainforest...wow!
    xoxo

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  2. How wonderful that your little Crumb can grow up with all of this right nearby.

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  3. Wow I love the design and the fact that it is eco-friendly. I would love to visit it! I will put it on my to-do-list.
    Thank you for the great tip :)

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  4. I went a few weeks back on a Thursday to there after hours, cocktail event. Nothing like the planetarium at night...try it if you haven't, so fun.

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  5. incredible. i can't wait to visit someday, what an inspiring and amazing place!

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  6. I completely agree! It's a stunning place---inside and out.

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  7. I'm adding this to my places to visit in California list! Whenever we make it there, I'd love to meet you and let our kiddos play together!!

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  8. Hi Mel, it's 5 minutes from my house and I've never been! There are always so many lines of people. I think you've inspired me to finally go. Looks so cool!

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  9. What a beautiful place! I had such a great time in California and hope to come back soon.

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  10. How amazing!! I'm no where near, but it seems a trip is in order.

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  11. What a gorgeous spot. Did the little lady like it?

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  12. Love this post. It's been on our list for a while now. So looking forward to taking Emerson there.

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  13. Wow! What a magical place. I'd want to visit it all the time, too! I really, really want to see that rainforest! xo g

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  14. Stunning space! Will go on my list of must see one day!

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  15. It looks like an amazing place. I almost feel terrible that I am not able to visit it in the nearest future. Rain Forrest sounds spectacular! Wishing you beautiful day full of joy and ispirtaion!:-)

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  16. Fab building! Will definitely have to check it out next time we're in CA!

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  17. aw! i haven't been to the academy of sciences in forever. i remember loving it as a kid. i need to go back.

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  18. Too fabulous! I would spend everyday there if I could! Love this! I never even know about it! How are YOU? I am busy and wearing too many hats but it is all good busy:)
    XO

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  19. i would love to see this one day!
    xo

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  20. I
    WANT
    TO
    VISIT!!!

    it sounds incredible!!!!

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