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Sunday

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Tuesday

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Sunday

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Notices

The Academy will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

The Academy will be closing at 3:00 pm on 4/24. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The Academy’s rainforest exhibit will be closed 5/6–5/7 for routine maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Naturalist Notebook 

April 1, 2014

Soil Sleuthing!

Junior Academy: Naturalist Know-how’s skill for the month of April is Soil Sleuthing. Learn dirt science and take home a sustainable seed-growing experiment!

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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.

Junior Academy: Naturalist Know-how workshops are super fun and you get to learn naturalist skills in a real science lab and/or outside! Every month we have a new theme; click here for the list and additional information.

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

 

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March 24, 2014

A Shadow Over the Earth: The Life and Death of the Passenger Pigeon

 

A passenger pigeon from the Academy’s Department of Ornithology & Mammalogy will be on Display in the Naturalist Center’s Cabinet of Curiosities April through September 1, 2014.

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Martha, the last passenger pigeon, in her enclosure in 1914 (Image, Wikimedia Commons)

 

When Europeans first arrived in North America, flocks of passenger pigeons (Ectopistes migratorius) blanketed the skies so much so that “the light of noon-day was obscured as by an eclipse,” as naturalist and painter John James Audubon observed. Estimated at 3 to 5 billion birds, passenger pigeons were the most numerous birds on the continent, possibly even the world. On September 1, 1914, Martha, the last of her species, died in captivity.

To mark the 100th anniversary of this extinction, the Naturalist Center is displaying a passenger pigeon from the Academy’s Department of Ornithology & Mammalogy. It will be on exhibit with other specimens until Sept. 1, 2014.

 


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March 7, 2014

Junior Academy: Naturalist Know-how

Make a Naturalist 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 Owl Pellets — Dissect your own and keep the bones!

 

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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February 26, 2014

Naturalist 101: Listening to Life

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Sunday, May 4, 2014

9:45AM – noon

Naturalist 101: Listening to Life

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

While walking into work, strolling through the park, or sitting on your deck, have you wondered about the sounds around you? What is that animal? Not everyone has binoculars or the time to figure out what’s scurrying or flying by. In this workshop, you’ll master recognizing local animals by the sounds they make.

Join Academy naturalists on the roof, by the garden, and in the classroom to learn how to recognize local animal sounds!

Reservations: Members: $12, General $15 (to visit the museum, an admission ticket must also be purchased). Space 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.

Barn owl (Tyto alba) photo by Dr. Lloyd Glenn Ingles © California Academy of Sciences


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February 23, 2014

Junior Academy: Naturalist Know-how

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March’s skill is Observing ChangesWatching nature transform.

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 Owl Pellets — Dissect your own and keep the bones!

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


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