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Planetarium will be closed Sep. 22, 23, 24

Naturalist Notebook 

January 21, 2009

Bookworms

The Naturalist Center is starting an adult book club called “Bookworms.” All are welcome to join us for lively discussions of science-themed books. Meetings will be once a month at 6:30 pm in the Naturalist Center. The book club meetings are free, but please call the Naturalist Center at 415-379-5494 to reserve a space. Below are descriptions of the first two meetings.

What did Darwin learn on the Beagle? March 10th, 6:30 pm in the Naturalist Center

Charles Darwin spent almost five years on the H.M.S. Beagle journeying around the world. His book, The Voyage of the Beagle, is a travel memoir, an adventure story, and a scientific primer. In it Darwin observed nature and began to shape his thinking on evolution. Join us for discussion of the book focusing on Chapters, 1-4, 8-9 and 17.

Why We Need a Green Revolution, April 7th, 6:30 pm in the Naturalist Center

In honor of Earth Day this month, we will read Pulitzer Prize winning author Tom Friedman’s latest book, Hot, Flat, and Crowded. Friedman examines the global environmental crisis and offers suggestions on how we in the U.S. can change our energy practices and implement something he calls Code Green.


Filed under: Book Clubs,News — nature @ 1:37 pm

January 14, 2009

Teens Talk Books

The Naturalist Center is starting a teen book discussion group called “Teens Talk Books.” Any teen (age 13-18) is welcome to join. We will be discussing both fiction and non-fiction books that have scientific and/or environmental themes. Below are descriptions of the first two meetings.

The first meeting is on March 21st, but following this meeting all future meetings will be on the first Saturday of the month. Meetings are held in the Education Classroom which is next to the Naturalist Center on the 3rd floor of the museum. The events are free with admission to the museum, but participants should RSVP to the Naturalist Center at 415-379-5494.

Can You be Both Scientific and Religious?

Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature, March 21st, 11.00 am in the Education Classroom

Mena was looking forward to starting high school—new friends, new teachers, new adventures. Instead she quickly finds herself shunned by her old friends and parents as she becomes embroiled in the evolution versus intelligent design debate. Join us for a discussion of the book Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande.

Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith, April 4th, 11.00 am in the Education Classroom

Relationships can be challenging, even more so when you are developing a revolutionary theory of evolution that questions the religious beliefs of many, including your wife. Join us for a discussion of Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith a very intimate biography of Charles Darwin by Deborah Heiligman.


Filed under: Book Clubs,News — nature @ 2:35 pm

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