Academy of Sciences Free Every Third Wednesday

Thanks to the Bernard Osher Foundation, free Admission to the California Academy of Sciences is offered every third Wednesday of each month.

The foundation was founded by Bernard Osher in the 1970s and, according to their website, “seeks to improve quality of life through support for higher education and the arts.” It offers five programs. Two programs offer scholarships to students and re-entry students. Another program has established Osher Lifelong Learning Insitutes at 117 colleges and universities. The institutes offer non-credit classes for adults over fifty “who are interested in learning for the joy of learning.” The other two programs give support for medicine and arts at universities.

While most San Franciscans flocked to the east end of Golden Gate Park for “4/20″ celebrations this past Wednesday, I decided to take advantage of the free day at the Academy of Sciences. It was still crowded, however, so make plans to come early!

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Visitors walk through the rain forest at the California Academy of Sciences

The Academy also offers free days to San Francisco residents throughout the year. Each neighborhood in the city has its own designated free days. Proof of residency is required, which includes photo ID with a piece of postmarked mail showing your address. Each group of neighborhoods gets multiple days in a row to visit.

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The aquarium at the California Academy of Sciences

Though April’s has passed, check out these upcoming free days:

May 18th, 2011

June 15th, 2011

July 20th, 2011

August 17th, 2011

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The California Academy of Sciences features unique species of reptiles, amphibians and fish.

All photos by Cindy Waters

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