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Naturalist Notebook 

August 10, 2014

DROP IN & DISCOVER

DROP IN & DISCOVER is a hands-on, naturalist program offered in the Naturalist Center during Sunday Members’ hours, 10am to 11am.

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Level 3, across from the Planetarium exit. Free with Academy membership.

 

January – Microscope Views

 

February

What can fur tell us about an animal’s environment? Feel and find out in the Naturalist Center during Members’ Hour Sundays in February.

 

March

Ever wonder what owls eat? Dissect an owl pellet in the Naturalist Center! (And you get to keep the bones, if you’d like!)

 

April 6 — May 11

Snake, Rattle and Roll — Slither up to the Naturalist Center to see how you measure up to some mighty long snakeskins!

 

May 18 through June

Shell Shock
 — Discover shells of all shapes, sizes, and functions and listen to why they make sound!

 

July

Skulls Alive! — Get hands-on with a wide variety of skulls.

 

August

Insect Inspectors
  — Become an insect inspector to discover these incredible creatures up close!

 

September

Birds, Birds, and More Birds –  Fly up to the Naturalist Center to discover surprising facts about some unique bird specimens!

 

October

Venoms of the WorldExplore the venomous specimens in the Naturalist Center and hear about animal venom around the world.

 

November

Just Chillin’Freeze! Stop what you’re doing and visit the Naturalist Center to explore some amazing ways animals survive winter.

More monthly themes, TBA.


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August 1, 2014

Junior Academy: Naturalist Know-how

Make a sustainable field notebook!

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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!

September’s skill is Eclipses on the HorizonBe prepared for two October eclipses!

October’s skill is Focus in the FieldLearn how scientists use photographs to study nature.

November’s skill is Nature AdaptsDiscover how turkeys and other animals adapt to their environments.

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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July 1, 2014

Junior Academy: Naturalist Know-how

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

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!

September’s skill is Eclipses on the HorizonBe prepared for two October eclipses!

October’s skill is Focus in the FieldLearn how scientists use photographs to study nature.

November’s skill is Nature AdaptsDiscover how turkeys and other animals adapt to their environments.

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

Themes may change.

Image: H. Vannoy Davis © California Academy of Sciences


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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
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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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