March is the month that the spring season brings a wave of new growth to Golden Gate Park. Flowers are king this time of the year. Your scenery will include blooming cherry trees, flowering shrubs, and liveliness rousing in the Queen Wilhelmina Tulip Garden. The last of the magnolia extravaganza events at the San Francisco Botanical Garden will slowly come to a close this month. Aside from the added greenery, Golden Gate Park events for February 2013 will also include the following outings:

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Free Admission at California Academy of Sciences – March 3

As part of the Academy’s Quarterly Free Sundays program, you can enjoy on-the-house admission on March 3 to the California Academy of Sciences – on a first-come, first served basis, of course. It is suggested to arrive early because this is a popular event. Keep in mind that the last time to enter the museum on free days is 4 p.m.

Magnificent Magnolias Tour – SF Botanical Garden – March 3

Enjoy an afternoon with magnolia expert and San Francisco Botanical Garden Docent Dr. Joe Barbaccia as he introduces you to the beauty and allure of their onsite collection of magnolias. This event will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Admission will cost $15 for the general public.

Family Fun Day – Helen Crocker Russell Library – March 3 & March 17

When looking for an educational yet fun outing for the children, the Helen Crocker Russell Library at the SF Botanical Garden hosts Family Fun Day on the first and third Sundays of each month at 10:30 a.m. Here, children are treated to themed story times, garden walks and craft activities. Children ages 4 to 8 will most enjoy this event with a story time that lasts about 30 minutes. Tours leave the Library at 11 a.m.

This month’s theme: Secret Gardens.

‘Robot’ Nightlife – California Academy of Science – March 7

For those who are intrigued by the world of robots and the advanced technology behind the magic, you may not want to miss out on the ‘Robot’ Thursday Nightlife at the Academy event. Come see what’s cooking at local robot design studio BeatBots. See robotic performance art group Survival Research Labs. Discover the local innovation and commercialization of robotics technologies taking place right in your neck of the woods. Electronic music and other tunes will entertain.

Thursday Nightlife events at the Academy are held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. for the 21-year-old and over crowd when they come with a valid identification. Tickets are $12 unless you are a member of the Academy, as they pay $10.

Other Thursday Nightlife events for March 2013 include:

• March 14 – ‘Pi Nightlife’ – The ideal combination of pie and pi with tastings and demonstrations. Whole Foods and Peasant Pies will be on hand to provide samples and the Academy Café is in charge of a pie-making demonstration. There will even be dough-wranglers…
• March 21 – ‘Bold Local Nightlife’ – Local merchants, designers, artists, and producers will gather to show off their goods and talent. Expect the likes of Arizmendi, Workshop Residence, and Rewinery to delight.
• March 28 – ‘Science of Color Nightlife’ – The Sharon Art Studio, Sinopia Pigments, Anticlockwise and Academy scientists will introduce an evening filled with the ‘perception and expression of color in the natural world and man-made environments’.

Secret Garden Magnolia Scavenger Hunt for Families – SF Botanical Garden – March 9

When looking for a delightful outing for the kids, head for the San Francisco Botanical Garden, where you will encounter a scavenger hunt for the whole family. It is your job to follow the clues to uncover “Secret Gardens” to collect the materials for the assembly of a secret art project. This event is suggested for families with children aged 5 to 12 years old. The scavenger hunt runs from 1 to 4 p.m., and is free with the purchase of regular admission.

Plant Sale – SF Botanical Garden – March 9

As part of monthly plant sales that take place on Saturdays at the Nursery of the SF Botanical Garden, this month offers Magnolia Companion Plants. This event is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can reach the Nursery by accessing the Main Gate.

Free Zumba – Golden Gate Park Carousel Area – March 9

Get ready for the summertime a bit early by taking free outdoor classes centered on the energetically fun Latin-inspired Zumba. As you enter the dance-fitness zone, you won’t even realize just how many calories you are burning . Classes start at 10 a.m. and will continue on throughout the month. Thanks to The Movement in the Parks Program and the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, this event is free with RSVP. Contact Willa at [email protected] or (415) 831-2738.

Conservation Photography Workshop – California Academy of Sciences – March 10

Calling all photographers! There is a Conservation Photography Workshop that will help you get better acquainted with your DSLR, as well as with taking conservation images. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Gary Sharlow (photographer and Academy education manager) will provide a three-hour classroom presentation that touches upon how to take better photos, and better understand your camera. Some of the topics will include white balance, shutter, ISO, and selecting lenses and filters.

Participants will meet at the Business Reception Desk located at the backdoor of the Academy at 12:45 p.m. Space is limited for this event, so purchase a ticket online or over the phone (877) 227-1831. They are $50 for the general public and $40 for Academy members.

Rosemary Verey Lecture – Conservatory of Flowers – March 13

If you’re a gardener and appreciate the work of other gardeners, then attending this lecture and reading may interest you. Author Barbara Paul Robinson will speak on her personal experience working as a gardener for internationally known English garden designer Rosemary Verey. She will also read from her book titled “Rosemary Verey: The Life & Lessons of a Legendary Gardener.”

The evening starts with an open stroll through the Conservatory from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – followed by Robinson’s talk and signing from 6:30-8 p.m. Tickets are $5 for Conservatory and Garden Conservancy members and $10 for the general public.

GGP West End/Beach Chalet Murals Historical & Architectural Walking Tour – March 16

With this walking tour, you will have a chance to explore some of the attractions and features that add to the beauty of Golden Gate Park. Explore the details of the murals depicting 1930’s city life at the Beach Chalet. The tour typically lasts about two hours and may take you on a few hills – so be prepared. It is highly suggested that you leave pets and younger children at home to be considerate of fellow guests. Walks are $15 per person and begin at 11 a.m. You can make a reservation by calling (415) 537-1105 or by RSVPing More information can be found here:

Bouquets to Art 2013 – deYoung Museum – March 19 to March 23

From March 19 to March 23, the de Young Museum will become a haven for art and nature lovers as more than 100 of the Bay Area’s most innovative floral designers will gather in one place to create the displays for Bouquets to Art 2013. Throughout the week, the museum will offer a variety of events, including floral lecture demonstrations, trunk shows, and catered lunches. For more information, check out:

Opening Season for Friday Night at deYoung – deYoung Museum – March 29

It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for…when deYoung Museum opens its doors once again on Friday nights for their cultural extravaganzas filled with live music, dance performances, lectures, art demonstrations, hands-on art activities, and film screenings. While entry to Friday Nights at deYoung events are free, you must purchase a regular admission ticket to visit the museum galleries. Opening night on March 29 will kick off the ninth season of the popular program, which lasts from 5 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

Spring Eggstravaganza 2013 – Golden Gate Park Carousel Area – March 30

The annual Spring Eggstravaganza at Golden Gate Park will feature carnival rides, games, egg hunts, and live entertainment to please locals of all ages. If anything, you should come see the results of the BBQ competition brewing between Rec and Park, SF Police and SF Fire departments. This event will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and costs $8 per person. From more details, call (415) 831-2738. If you would like to volunteer for this event, you may also contact Ramona McGary at (415) 831-6334.