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Golden Gate Park
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Regular Hours:

Daily

9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday

11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Members' Hours:

Tuesday

8:30 – 9:30 am

Sunday

10:00 – 11:00 am
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Notices

The Academy will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

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

Naturalist Notebook 

February 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!

 

More monthly themes, TBA.


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Junior Academy: Naturalist Know-how

February’s skill is

Calls of the WildWhat animal makes that sound?

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Image: Gerald and Buff Corsi © California Academy of Sciences

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. 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.

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.

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


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January 27, 2014

NANODAYS AT THE NATURALIST CENTER

Saturday–Sunday, March 29–30, 10:00 AM–5:00 PM

Monday–Friday, March 31–April 4, 11:00 AM–4:00 PM

Saturday–Sunday, April 5–6, 10:00 AM–5:00 PM

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Discover a miniscule world where materials have special properties and new technologies have spectacular promise! Find out how gecko feet, butterfly wings, and other things found in nature have inspired some amazing innovations during NanoDays at the Academy’s Naturalist Center (Level 3).

Build a giant nano puzzle, explore how 3D imaging helps scientists work on the nanoscale, and discover a variety of other activities. At various times throughout the week, join educators for fun activities about topics like how blue morpho butterfly wings aren’t really blue, how lotus leaves have inspired stain-resistant fabric, and how some things like DNA and snowflakes assemble themselves in nature. Each day at 3:15 PM, make a cool keepsake and discover what it has to do with the amazing world of nanoscience.

NanoDays is a nationwide festival of educational programs organized by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Network). To find out more about the fascinating world of nanoscience, visit whatisnano.org.

Free with Academy admission.  Naturalist Center at the California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.  (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.


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October 30, 2013

NATURALIST 101: BE A BAY AREA ICE AGE TOURIST

 
Naturalist 101 workshop — Sunday, February 2, 2014

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Be a Bay Area Ice Age Tourist!

If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, there’s a good chance you’re sitting or standing on the very spot where Columbian mammoths, giant sloths, dire wolves, saber-toothed cats, and other megafauna roamed during the Ice Age! Learn about the real giants of San Francisco and how you can embark upon a local journey to see evidence of these extraordinary, extinct animals.

February 2, Sunday 9:45 – noon.  For adults and families with children ages 10 and up. Please note: Sign-in is required by 9:45 at the business reception desk via staff entrance at 75 Nancy Pelosi Drive (rear entry to the Academy).

Reservations: This workshop is sold out. Members: $12, General $15 (does not include admission to the Academy). 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.

Image of a dire wolf skull (Canis dirus): Nan Sincero, California Academy of Sciences Naturalist Center


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JUNIOR ACADEMY: NATURALIST KNOW-HOW

Do you know a young person interested in nature? 

Take them to Junior Academy: Naturalist Know-how!

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November’s skill is Searching the Sky — What’s Up? Learn to see the sky like an astronomer!

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. 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.

December’s skill is Tricky Tracks: Learn how to identify animal tracks in dirt and snow.

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? 

Please note: There will be no Naturalist Know-how classes on Quarterly Free Sundays,  September 29, 2013; December 8, 2013; February 9, 2014; June 1, 2014.

(Image: NASA)


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