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Naturalist Notebook 

July 1, 2014

Junior Academy: Naturalist Know-how

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July’s skill is Observation Basics II — Learn how to sketch and record like a scientist!

Sundays at 2pm – 2:45pm (sign-up at 1:30pm) Naturalist Center / Lab (Level 3 across from the Planetarium exit)

This fun and lively hands-on program is designed for youth ages 8 to 11. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited to 20 youth with attending adults. Onsite registration is required for this program. It is recommended that you stop by the Naturalist Center a half hour before the program begins in order to register. Free with Academy admission.

Each month a new nature skill will be presented. Variations of the monthly skill will be available each week. This is a 45-minute program.

January’s skill is Puzzling Out the Past – Learn what archaeologists and paleontologists do on a dig.

February’s skill is Calls of the WildWhat animal makes that sound? 

March’s skill is Observing ChangesWatching nature transform.

April’s skill is Soil SleuthingLearn dirt science and take home a seed-growing experiment.

May’s skill is Naturalists In the FieldStep out and see nature like a scientist.

June’s skill is Skull Stories — What can skulls tell us about an animal’s ancestor?

July’s skill is  Observation Basics II — Learn how to sketch and record like a scientist!

August’s skill is  Skeletons on the Outside — No bones about it, learn about these cool animals!

Please note: There will be no Naturalist Know-how classes on Quarterly Free Sundays,  September 14, 2014 (additional dates TBA).

Themes may change.


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Junior Academy: Naturalist Know-how

In July, make a naturalist field notebook and learn how to sketch and record like a scientist!

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Kids 8-11, with accompanying adult, can attend our Junior Academy: Naturalist Know-how workshop and make a sustainable field notebook to use in the workshop and to take home for recording your notes and drawings!

Best of all, in the Junior Academy: Naturalist Know-how workshop you’ll learn naturalist skills!  Every month we have a new theme; see below for the list.

Sundays at 2pm – 2:45pm (sign-up at 1:30pm) Naturalist Center / Lab (Level 3 across from the Planetarium exit)

This program is designed for youth ages 8 to 11. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited to 20 youth with attending adults. Onsite registration is required for this program (1:30 PM).  Free with Academy admission.

Each month a new nature skill will be presented. Variations of the monthly skill will be available each week. This is a 45-minute program.

January’s skill is Puzzling Out the Past Learn what archaeologists and paleontologists do on a dig.

February’s skill is Calls of the Wild What animal makes that sound? 

March’s skill is Observing Changes Watching nature transform.

April’s skill is Soil Sleuthing Learn dirt science and take home a seed-growing experiment.

May’s skill is Naturalists In the Field  Step out and see nature like a scientist.

June’s skill is Skull Stories — What can skulls tell us about an animal’s ancestor?

July’s skill is  Observation Basics II — Learn how to sketch and record like a scientist!

August’s skill is  Skeletons on the Outside — No bones about it, learn about these cool animals!

 

 

Please note: There will be no Naturalist Know-how classes on Quarterly Free Sundays, June 1, 2014 and September 14, 2014, others TBA.

 


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May 4, 2014

NATURALIST 101: HANDS-ON SKULLS, Double Workshop

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Tuesday, July 29 and Thursday, July 31, 6:15 – 8:15PM

 

Scientists can learn many things by examining an animal’s skull, and so can you!

In this two-part workshop, you’ll get to investigate a wide variety of fascinating skulls and other specimens plus learn the essentials of how to identify local animals by their skulls. You’ll discover what determines if the animal was predator or prey, what it ate, and what sense was most important to its survival.

You’ll get to compare “your” Homo sapiens skull with other mammals and test your knowledge of animal senses.

You’ll also go behind the scenes to see some of the Academy’s most extraordinary collections, visit the new Skulls exhibit, and be able to attend Thursday’s NightLife.

 

Nan Sincero, Naturalist Center Program Lead, Lifelong Learning Educator
Ore Carmi, Lifelong Learning Guide

For adults 21 and up. Please sign-in at 6PM at the reception desk via staff entrance at 75 Nancy Pelosi Drive (formerly Middle Dr) rear entry to the Academy.

Reservations: Members: $24, General $30Space is limited and advanced ticketing is required. To reserve a place today, buy a Member ticket or Non-Member ticket online or over the phone at 1-877-227-1831.  You may access information on transportation and parking here.


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April 30, 2014

Bandar’s Bones: Skulls of a Lifetime

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Bandar’s Bones: Skulls of a Lifetime
On display in the Naturalist Center on Level 3

Academy Field Associate Raymond “Bones” Bandar has spent more than 60 years collecting skulls — and a collection of that scale holds some pretty fascinating stories!

Make your way to the Naturalist Center to see 63 of these specimen treasures up close in a 10-case display personally curated by Bandar. Highlighting a diverse variety of mammal skulls from different sexes, age groups, and with unique abnormalities, this display features giraffes, monkeys, muntjacs, dolphin, and more!

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Naturalist Center hours:

Saturday and Sunday, 10AM – 5PM

Monday through Friday 11AM – 4PM

Starting May 16, 2014, Monday through Friday until 5PM

 


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Owl Pellet Investigation

What do owls eat? Join Careers in Science interns and Naturalist Center educators to become a skulls and bones sleuth! Dissect an owl pellet on Saturdays at 10AM, May 17 through September 27 in the Naturalist Center on Level 3.

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