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Sunday

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Sunday

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Please note: The Academy will be closing at 3:00 pm on 10/24 (final entry at 2:00 pm). We apologize for any inconvenience.

Parking and traffic in Golden Gate Park will be congested the weekend of Oct. 3–5. Save $3 on Academy admission when you take public transportation.

Naturalist Notebook 

July 30, 2010

Bookworms (A Bookclub for Adults): Living Green in the City

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Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer and Driving Less are the Keys to Sustainability by David Owen

Tuesday, November 16th at 6:30 pm

Join in a lively discussion of Owen’s premise that cities, especially densely packed and compact cities like New York, are the way to live a more sustainable life. This is a book discussion group and participants are strongly encouraged to read the book before attending. Please meet at the Business Reception Desk off Middle Drive.

Reservations: Free. To reserve a place, do it online or call 800-794-7576. Meet at the Business Reception Desk off the Middle Drive entrance.


Filed under: Book Clubs — nature @ 10:58 am

Bookworms (A Bookclub for Adults): Skinned, Stuffed and Stretched

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Still Life: Adventures in Taxidermy by Melissa Milgrom


Tuesday, October 19th at 6:30 pm


The word “taxidermy” often conjures up images of hunting lodges, dusty dioramas or a beloved Fido, immortalized forever. Milgrom, however, delves into the unusual and sometimes obsessive world of taxidermy, from its Victorian roots with connections to natural history museums, to bizarre art-forms and the World Taxidermy Championship. Join us for a lively discussion of a book that just might change your thinking about stuffed animals. This is a book discussion group and participants are strongly encouraged to read the book before attending. Please meet at the Business Reception Desk off Middle Drive.

Reservations: Free. To reserve a place, do it online or call 800-794-7576. Meet at the Business Reception Desk off the Middle Drive entrance.


Filed under: Book Clubs — nature @ 10:52 am

Bookworms (A Bookclub for Adults): Geology in the Making

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Assembling California by John McPhee


Tuesday, September 21st, 6:30 pm


Join us to examine McPhee’s take on California’s complex geology from its mountains and verdant wine country to the San Andreas Fault system. This is a book discussion group and participants are strongly encouraged to read the book before attending. Please meet at the Business Reception Desk off Middle Drive.

Reservations: Free. To reserve a place, do it online or call 800-794-7576. Meet at the Business Reception Desk off the Middle Drive entrance.


Filed under: Book Clubs — nature @ 10:47 am

July 13, 2010

Science Story Adventures: African Languages and Cultures

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Photo: Ghanaian women dancing. E. Harrington

Click here for the African Languages and Cultures online handout.

Each week in the Naturalist Center, we take elementary school-aged children on Science Story Adventures. We look at a different theme connected with the natural world and the exhibits in the Academy, and explore it through stories, activities and crafts.

Now you can continue your adventure at home with this online handout. It includes the planned learning outcomes of the Science Story Adventure, which are usually drawn from the Science Content Standards for California Public Schools. Can’t remember the title of the books we read or how to do that craft? It’s on the sheet. We’ve also included a list of resources – books, DVDs or websites – for further exploration.


Filed under: Science Story Adventures Handouts — nature @ 8:33 am

Science Story Adventures: Ghanaian Culture

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Photo: Ghanaian schoolchildren. E. Harrington

Click here for the Ghanaian Culture online handout.

Each week in the Naturalist Center, we take elementary school-aged children on Science Story Adventures. We look at a different theme connected with the natural world and the exhibits in the Academy, and explore it through stories, activities and crafts.

Now you can continue your adventure at home with this online handout. It includes the planned learning outcomes of the Science Story Adventure, which are usually drawn from the Science Content Standards for California Public Schools. Can’t remember the title of the books we read or how to do that craft? It’s on the sheet. We’ve also included a list of resources – books, DVDs or websites – for further exploration.


Filed under: Science Story Adventures Handouts — nature @ 8:29 am
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