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Naturalist Notebook 

August 6, 2012

Beach Watch Training

Volunteer for a Shoreline Monitoring Project with the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary!
The Beach Watch ecosystem monitoring program documents wildlife, oil spills and seasonal changes on Sanctuary beaches from Bodega Head in Sonoma County to Año Nuevo in San Mateo County. During monthly surveys volunteers monitor an assigned beach segment, counting identifying and photo-documenting live and dead birds and marine mammals and human activity along the coast.

Join the 2012 Fall Training Class
The 80-hour training will be held September 22 – November 2 on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and all day Saturday, including classroom and field training. Attendance at all classes is required. To become a Beach Watch volunteer you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Attend all required training
  • Commit to surveying your beach once every four weeks for a minimum of one year

Orientations about the program will be held at the Gulf of the Farallones marine Sanctuary Office located in Crissy Field, San Francisco on the following dates:

  • Saturday, August 25, 2012, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • Tuesday, August 28, 2012, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Space is limited so call (415.561.6625 x302) or e-mail (klindquist@farallones.org) to reserve a spot. For more information check out their website.

Filed under: News,Programs — nature @ 9:59 am

July 18, 2012

Dive into Coral Reefs at the Sunset Library Branch


Ever wonder what exactly coral is–an animal, a plant or a mineral? Find out with Naturalist Center staff by examining coral specimens, creating your own edible coral reef polyp and taking the coral reef challenge to help protect this fragile habitat.You’ll also get inspiration for the Growing Up Asian: Our Oceans Essay & Art Contest sponsored by the Asian Pacific Fund and the California Academy of Sciences.

Saturday, August 25, 3:00 – 4:30 pm at the Sunset Library Branch
For ages 8-13. Limit 25 participants. To register please call the Sunset Library at 415.355.2818.There is no cost to participate.

Filed under: News,Programs — nature @ 9:28 am

June 27, 2012

Insect Basics Workshop

Jo-Ann Ordano © California Academy of Sciences

Do you enjoy the outdoors? Wish you could identify some of the interesting insects you encounter? Join the Naturalist Center to get out and learn basic identification skills in and around the Academy. This Naturalist 101 workshop is for families with children ages 10 and up.

Saturday, July 14, 2012, 10 am–noon

$10 for members, $15 non-members (does not include admission to the Academy). Space is limited. Please register online or call 415-379-8000. Meet inside the Research & Staff Entrance.

Filed under: News,Programs — nature @ 1:24 pm

June 21, 2012

Celebrate National Pollinator Week


Celebrate National Pollinator Week (June 18-24) at the Academy’s Naturalist Center on Level 3! Match a variety of pollinators to the types of flowers they’ve coevolved with, and learn more about their intertwined relationships. Look through a microscope at pollen collected from California native plants on and around the museum. Put together a butterfly puzzle, and then see how many of the featured species you can find around the center.

Be sure to stop by tomorrow (Friday) between 11 am-4 pm for this week’s Naturalist Center Craft: a snazzy butterfly pin to show off your pollinator pride.


Filed under: News,Programs — nature @ 4:05 pm

June 6, 2012

World Oceans Day this Friday (6/8)


Gerald and Buff Corsi © California Academy of Sciences

Celebrate World Oceans Day at the Academy’s Naturalist Center this Friday, June 8, 11:00 am-4:00 pm! Color a Dr. Seuss World Oceans Day crown and proudly wear it to show your support in keeping our oceans clean. Watch a nature documentary about marine animals. Play Ocean Bingo, put together underwater-animal jigsaw puzzles, and more.

This Sunday’s Science Story Adventures program continues the celebration with a fish theme. The program starts at 2:30 pm in the classroom next door to the Naturalist Center and is for children ages 4 to 8 and their caregivers.

Middle school students are invited to participate in Our Oceans Essay and Art Contest. Click here for more information.

Filed under: News,Programs — nature @ 5:50 pm
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