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Naturalist Notebook 

June 4, 2012

Transit of Venus Tomorrow (6/5)!


Tuesday, June 5, 11:00-4:00 pm

Celebrate this rare alignment between Earth, Venus and the Sun that won’t happen again for more than a hundred years. Play astronomy games, puzzles and much more!  Weather permitting, join Academy docents with solar telescopes on the Living Roof to view this special event, starting just after 3 pm PST. Catch some of the Exploratorium’s live webcast from Hawaii on screens in the Naturalist Center and Science in Action.

Note: Program free of charge with admission to the Academy.

Filed under: News,Programs — nature @ 4:51 pm

May 31, 2012

Summer Reading San Francisco Style


In partnership with the San Francisco Public Library, we invite you to join us for the San Francisco Public Library Summer Reading Kick-Off event this Sunday, June 3 at the Academy. The Green Bookmobile will be on-site for you to peruse library materials and to sign-up for the program. All ages from babies to grandparents can join in the summer reading fun. Track the time you spend reading through August 4th and win a prize for:

  • 10 hours of reading (Children)
    Very young children can participate by having someone read to them.
  • 30 hours of reading (Teens)
  • 40 hours of reading (Adults)

Prizes are available at your local San Francisco public library. For more information on Summer Read SF, check out the library’s website.
Young readers can start earning some minutes by attending our Science Story Adventures program at 2:30 pm in the Classroom this Sunday, which will focus on earthquakes.

And speaking of earthquakes…don’t forget to check out the Academy’s new Earthquake exhibit. Experience the 1906 and Loma Prieta earthquakes in our Shake House. Meet live ostrich chicks and learn what they have to do with earthquakes. Immerse yourself in seismic encounters in our new Planetarium show.

If you want to delve deeper into the world of earthquakes (and earn some minutes for Summer Read SF), check out the following earthquake-themed booklists:

Filed under: News,Programs — nature @ 11:36 am

May 30, 2012

Naturalist 101 Workshops

Great blue herons

Gerald and Buff Corsi © California Academy of Sciences

Do you enjoy the outdoors? Wish you could identify some of the interesting animals you encounter? Join the Naturalist Center this summer to get out and learn basic identification skills in and around the Academy. For families with children ages 10 and up.

Birding Basics: Saturday, June 16, 2012, 10 am–noon

Insect Basics: Saturday, July 14, 2012, 10 am–noon

Each workshop: $10 for members, $15 non-members (does not include admission to the Academy). Space is limited. Please reserve a space online or call 415-379-8000. Meet at the Research & Staff Entrance.

Filed under: News,Programs — nature @ 1:38 pm

May 8, 2012

Spotlight On…

Check out this week’s featured specimen!

(Pictured below, really close up!)

Photo: N. Sincero © California Academy of Sciences

Can you guess what it is?

Here are some hints:

  • Breeding pairs of this species stay together all year round and migrate south with their offspring.
  • They are found in wetlands and agricultural fields.

Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, May 13th at 2:30 pm for Science Story Adventures to see if you’re right and to learn more about this animal. Science Story Adventures is our program for children ages 4 – 8 and their caregivers. In the program, we explore the natural world through stories, specimens, games and crafts.

May 6, 2012

Growing Up Asian in America: Science and the World Around You

2012 Student Essay and Art Contest: Our Oceans
Presented by the Asian Pacific Fund and the California Academy of Sciences
Note: The 2012 contest has ended. For information on the 2013 contest, see http://www.asianpacificfund.org/growing-up-asian-in-america

Middle school students can share their wonder of and desire to protect one of our most precious resources by entering our essay and art contest. Dive into hands-on activities related to oceans at the Academy and in public library branches.

Growing up Asian in America is an annual essay and art contest. The contest always has a theme, and prizes are awarded each year. This year there is an added program with prizes for a science contest about oceans.

First Place: $1500
Second Place: $750
Third Place: $500
Honorable Mention: $250

Get Inspired!

Click here for more ideas for your contest entry and to register for the contest. Growing Up Asian: Our Oceans 2012 >>

Basic CMYK
Contest made possible through the generosity of Loretta Huahn and the support of the Oakland and San Francisco Public Libraries.

Filed under: News,Programs — nature @ 10:48 am
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