Starting June 15, 2018, visitors to San Francisco will have an exciting new window into the remarkable coast redwood forest. At the California Academy of Science’s new Giants of Land and Sea exhibit, you can explore the forest canopy virtually through an immersive video experience, walk through a fog room to feel how this fixture of coastal climate bathes the redwoods during the summer, and learn about the intrinsic connection between the forest and Pacific Ocean.
Every corner of the exhibit reveals the bountiful biodiversity found in the redwood forest and how scientists, conservation groups like us, and the Yurok tribe are helping to protect the forest and it’s many special inhabitants.
Save the Redwoods League helped bring this exhibit life, sharing secrets of the forest’s ecology that are now accessible in four languages (English, Spanish, Chinese, and Filipino). An enormous trunk section from a fallen coast redwood is on display, enabling visitors to examine its tree rings firsthand and learn from our Redwoods and Climate Change Initiative scientist, Allyson Carroll, about this tree’s remarkable 800-year lifespan. The canopy ascent video also features League-sponsored researchers giving a sneak-peak into their fascinating studies of the redwood treetops and how they brave remarkable heights to discover how these forest giants provide such excellent habitat hundreds of feet above the forest floor.
I hope this exhibit shows you another side of the coast redwood forest and inspires you to plan your next hike among the trees.
Learn more about the Giants of the Land and Sea exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences. And for help planning your next adventure out to see the gigantic redwoods in person, visit ExploreRedwoods.org.