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Passion for Nature + Smart Financial Planning = Academy Legacy

John and Pam McCosker have made their greatest discoveries through the California Academy of Sciences. They have explored lands and oceans. They have found fellow adventurers and opened minds to science. They have discovered a shared mission and created a shared legacy. And most important, they found each other.

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Passion for Nature + Smart Financial Planning = Academy Legacy

Some day, Sandy Linder will write down all the amazing questions she’s heard in 30 years as an Academy docent. Right now, she’s too busy providing the answers, and with her husband, Ron—a financial planning expert—helping to sustain the Academy for future generations.

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Corsi Digital Library Preserves Images of Nature for the Future

There is no question that Buff and Jerry Corsi love nature. Through their photographs, they have found a way to share their passion with others. Thanks to donations during their lifetimes and a future gift from their estate, the Academy will be able to share their art with many people for years to come.

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Eastwood Traditions: A Passion for Sharing the Stars Inspires a Legacy

By the time he was 16, Michael Bennett had gotten his first telescope, joined the Junior Academy, and started ushering at the Morrison “Imagine fulfilling your lifetime ambition at 16!” he says. Now Michael is perpetuating his passion for the stars through a planned gift.

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Eastwood Associate Volunteers Share Enthusiasm, Cultivate Awareness

Kitty Wallin never dreamed she’d be involved with a museum of science and natural history. “In high school, I wasn’t even able to see through a microscope!” she says. That was before she encountered the California Academy of Sciences. Today, as an Academy guide, Kitty is one of 1,400 volunteers who share their passion for the natural world with visitors of all ages.

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Q&A with Frank Almeda, Ph.D., Emeritus Chairman & Senior Curator of Botany, and Eastwood Associate

Every day, Frank Almeda sees growing awareness of our planet’s fragility. Botanists have always appreciated the role plants play, and Frank gets to share that message. The Academy’s rainforest and living roof, full of live specimens, are incredible teaching tools. People frequently say…

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Eastwood Traditions: Lifelong Educator Shares Her Passion for the Academy

The value of education and the sciences has always been front and center in the life of Dr. Meg Burke—from her days as a doctoral student at Duke University, through 17 years as a university biology professor in North Dakota, to her current position as the Director of Science Integrations & Operations at the California Academy of Sciences. “I believe in science education,” says Meg, who recently took steps to support…

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Donald & Louise Heyneman

Don Heyneman, a professor at the University of California, San Francisco, and his wife, Louise, get up close and personal with the natural world. The Heyneman’s share their love for science by making a legacy gift, and becoming members of the Eastwood Associates.

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Diane Ososke

“Lifelong learning” could be Diane Ososke’s credo. Like so many members, this retired teacher first experienced the Academy as a child and now loves bringing her grandchildren to visit. “One of my fondest early memories was walking hand-in-hand with my father and entering the Academy by the fountain with the seal sculpture, back in the 1940s.”

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