Amazonia – Bring Your Wild

A benefit for the Conservatory of Flowers

Thursday, May 31, 2018
7:00 – 11:00p.m.


Bring your wild and prepare to be thrilled by Amazonia, a fundraiser for the Conservatory of Flowers. Go wild and let loose on a journey deep into the Amazonian rainforest. An immersive experience inspired by the plants, music, food and culture, Amazonia is a celebration of the largest and most biodiverse rainforest on Earth. Experts in Amazonian flora and fauna will share their experiences in the field. Drinks and delicacies from the Bay Area’s most talented caterers are included!

Event proceeds support the Conservatory of Flowers, home to a renowned collection of Amazonian plants. We leverage this unique resource to educate thousands of Bay Area students about rainforests, plant adaptation, aquatic ecosystems, pollination and economic plants that we depend on – at no cost to schools! With rainforests under constant threat of devastation, the Conservatory serves as a portal to the biodiversity our species depend on.

Attire is exotic, jungle chic – bring your wild!

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Ticket Information

Early Scarlet Macaw
Early bird ticketing is now closed

  • The Early Scarlet Macaw gets the acai berry! Swoop in for this special rate, only 75 are available. Early Scarlet Macaw ticket holders receive the same benefits as General Admission. Purchase is limited to two tickets.

Duo Discount

  • Every party is more fun with two!  Buy a pair of tickets to gain a discount of $20 for the two of you. Supply is limited, must purchase two tickets for the discount, purchase is limited to four tickets.

Amazonia General Admission

  • General admission guests receive two complimentary drinks, dine on tropical delicacies and experience an evening of music, performance, culture, science and botanical inspiration.

Jaguar Dream VIP Experience
$150 – Limited Capacity

  • Pre-party starting at 6:00 pm. Enjoy an exclusive Champagne greeting and passed delicacies. Participate in a professional jungle fashion photo-shoot including specialty makeup and styling. Jaguar Dream VIP ticket holders also receive the same benefits as General Admission.

Experience Design by Carina Hessmer | Hosted by Red Rainey

“THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE” is David Block’s principal project as a live electronic composer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. Our guests will experience a delicious symphonic blend of prismatic soundscapes and sultry beats.

David is constantly pushing the boundaries of live electronic music. Playing, composing, and conducting his own electronic symphony live on stage, his performances are brimming and layered with human emotion, world exploration, and sacred sounds. “The Human Experience” aims to cross cultural barriers through music.

“We don’t play music, music plays us” – David Block

For more than 20 years, ABADA has been using capoeira to improve the health and vitality of the Bay Area. ACSF teaches respect for diversity, addresses socioeconomic inequities that reduce access to high-quality arts and physical programs, and provides opportunities for our community members to exercise both choice and responsibility.

Lou Dematteis
Topic: Crude Reflections: Oil, Ruin, and Resistance in the Amazon Rainforest
Lou Dematteis covers issues of social, political and environmental importance around the globe, and has documented the damaging effects of Texaco’s (now Chevron) oil exploitation and environmental ​contamination​ in the Ecuadoran Amazon. Focusing on the heath impacts on the people of the region as a result of the contamination and the uplifting story of efforts by local communities to​ demand environmental​ ​justice and prevent drilling, this work can be seen in his latest book “Crude Reflections: Oil, Ruin and Resistance in the Amazon Rainforest.”

An award-winning photographer, he has received a citation from World Press Photo and his photos have been included in the New York Times and National Press Photographers Association Pictures of the Year.

Dr. Lucia Lohmann
Topic: How the Amazon Rainforest and its Biodiversity Evolved

Lúcia Lohmann graduated from University of São Paulo with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology (1995), and obtained her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Ecology, Evolution and Systematics from the University of Missouri-St. Louis (1998, 2003) with a specialization in Tropical Biology and Conservation. Her primary research interest is to understand patterns of plant diversification and biogeography in the Tropics. She currently coordinates the FAPESP-NSF-NASA funded project “Assembly and Evolution of the Amazonian Biota: An integrative Approach” which aims to understand how was the Amazonian Biota assembled during the past 30 million years. Her research is highly integrative, combining components of classic taxonomy, phylogenetics, molecular biology, ecology, evolutionary biology, and conservation. A lot of her research focuses on the plant family Bignoniaceae, a key component of Amazonian forests.

Dr. Pat Brown
Topic: Another World is Possible
Pat Brown, CEO of Impossible Foods, addresses how rebuilding the food system from plants could usher in a new age of biodiversity and planetary health

Founded by Patrick O. Brown, M.D., Ph.D., Impossible Foods is a Silicon Valley startup on a mission to make the global food system more sustainable. The first product is the Impossible Burger, which uses 1/20th the land, 1/4th the water, and produces 1/8th the greenhouse gas emissions compared to a burger from a cow. With a new facility in Oakland, Impossible Foods is producing enough product to serve over 1,600 restaurants in the U.S. (and growing!) and recently expanded into Hong Kong.

Topher White
Topic: Rainforest Connection: Listening Leads to Change

Topher White is Founder and CEO of Rainforest Connection. Topher has experience building systems for large and small startups as well as international science projects, including four years working on nuclear fusion at ITER, in France. He has received multiple accolades for his work, including being named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer in 2015, a current Draper-Richards-Kaplan (DRK) Fellow and an “Engineering Hero” by the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Thank you for your support and helping us grow our impact.

Your Support is Vital

Your investment in the Conservatory of Flowers as a sponsor of Amazonia will directly support plant adaptation field trips for thousands of Bay Area students, interpretive education for all visitors and launch of new science and conservation programming to inspire a love for and engagement with, tropical rainforests so critical to our planet’s health.

To sponsor Amazonia, contact Samantha Smart Merritt, Chief Development Officer, ssmartmerritt(at)  415-595-6950


Whether you’re a native San Franciscan, a visitor from another side of the world, or a classroom of budding botanists, the Conservatory of Flowers offers an intimate up-close experience with rare and endangered plants unlike any other. Come see what treasures await you!

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