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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

August 2, 2012

The Landing of Curiosity on Mars

Photo: Artist’s concept of Curiosity examining a rock. NASA/JPL-Caltech

Visit the Naturalist Center this Friday through Monday, August 3-6, to celebrate the landing of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity. Play games and test your trivia of Mars and other planets in our solar system. Take a trip to the Red Planet by creating a mixed-media scene of your own Martian colony Friday, 11:00 am-4:00 pm. Catch a rebroadcast of a NASA TV press conference on the landing Monday, 2:00-3:00 pm.

Filed under: Programs — nature @ 11:48 am

July 19, 2012

Celebrate the First Steps on the Moon

Photo: NASA

Celebrate the 43rd anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission at the Naturalist Center tomorrow, July 20, 2012, 11 am-4 pm! Play games and take a peek at related books, models and artifacts, including an American flag that traveled to the Moon and back aboard the Apollo 14 lunar module. For this week’s Naturalist Center Craft, make a lunar phase flip chart to better understand why our natural satellite looks different in the sky during the course of its orbit. After visiting the Naturalist Center, go back down to the main level, across from the Foucault pendulum, to see a Moon rock collected from Apollo 17, the last manned lunar mission.

Filed under: Programs — nature @ 4:42 pm

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
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