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Naturalist Notebook 

April 11, 2012

Spotlight On…

Check out this week’s featured specimen!

(Pictured below, really close up!)


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Photo: John H. Tashjian © California Academy of Sciences

Can you guess what it is?

Here are some hints:

  • This animal prefers habitats near marshes, ponds or sloughs and will often escape into the water if it feels threatened.
  • This animal is endemic to California.



Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, April 15th 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.


Filed under: News,Spotlight On...,Theme of the Month — nature @ 2:17 pm

March 23, 2012

NanoDays starts this weekend!

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Discover a miniscule world where materials have special properties and new technologies have spectacular promise! Don’t miss NanoDays (March 24-April 1) at the Academy’s Naturalist Center. Build a giant nano puzzle, change the color of a butterfly’s wing, and much more.

NanoDays is a nationwide festival of educational programs organized by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net). To learn more about NanoDays and the amazing world of nanoscale science, visit What Is Nano?

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Filed under: News,Programs — nature @ 2:46 pm

February 27, 2012

New! Living Eco-Wise Program for Brownies

Living Eco-Wise Patch

Discover what makes the Academy the greenest museum in the world–from our reused blue jean insulation to our amazing Living Roof covered with native plants. Increase your eco-awareness doing fun activities like making your own recycled-art masterpiece in this Living Eco-Wise patch program for Girl Scout Brownies (grades 2-3).



Saturday, April 14th, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, May 19th, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm



Reservations: $24.95 per person; includes admission to the Academy. One adult chaperone is required for every eight girls. If attending the program individually, girls under 12 must be accompanied by an adult (max number of two adults). Space is limited. To sign up, register online or call 800-794-7576.


Filed under: News,Programs — nature @ 5:18 pm

February 22, 2012

NanoDays at the Naturalist Center

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Discover a miniscule world where materials have special properties and new technologies have spectacular promise! Don’t miss NanoDays (March 24-April 1) at the Academy’s Naturalist Center.

Make your own nanomaterial using adhesive tape, investigate superthin materials used in solar cell technology, and change the color of a butterfly’s wings! Build a giant puzzle, play an “I Spy Nano” game, and much more.

NanoDays is a nationwide festival of educational programs organized by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net). To learn more about NanoDays and the amazing world of nanoscale science, visit What Is Nano?

Nano Experiment


Filed under: News,Programs — nature @ 4:49 pm

February 2, 2012

Celebrate Engineering

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Photo: Flying dragon (Draco volans). Alfius Leman

Test your design skills by creating a variety of simple objects from a Borneo glider to an aluminum foil boat for transferring marine specimens. Join us for these and other drop-in activities to celebrate National Engineers Week (February 19th -25th).

Saturday, February 18th, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm in the Classroom


Filed under: News,Programs — nature @ 11:38 am
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