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Naturalist Notebook 

February 22, 2011

Spotlight On…

Check out this week’s featured specimen! (Pictured below, really close up!)

Can you guess what it is?

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Photo: S. Sumrall


Here are a few hints:

• You can find them in North America, from Canada to Mexico, and in at least 40 US states.

• The average lifespan in the wild is about 10 years.

Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Naturalist Center on Friday, February 25th at 2:15 PM for Specimen Spotlight in order to find out if you’re right.


Filed under: Spotlight On... — nature @ 11:56 am

February 20, 2011

Meet the Author: Marianne Berkes

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Sunday, March 13th, 2:30 – 3:30 pm in the Classroom

Join us for a special Science Story Adventures with award-winning author Marianne Berkes as she reads from her books, shares songs and other activities. Her books, Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef and Going around the Sun: Some Planetary Fun will be available for purchase and signing.

No reservation needed. Free with museum admission.


Filed under: News,Programs — nature @ 10:39 am

February 18, 2011

New at the Naturalist Center: Schoolyard Science

We have some great new arrivals this week at the Naturalist Center! Among our crisp new DVDs and books are these two plum picks, both great choices for teachers (or parents):

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Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation / Sharon Gamson Danks. Oakland, CA : New Village Press,   c2010. 276 pages, color illustrations

Naturalist Center LB3251.D36 2010

Danks is a local designer who shares examples from around the world. She highlights innovative creations such as an outdoor area (complete with sink) for learning about cooking and a boulder mountain with a rappelling area. This book includes an extensive reference section. It is meant to inspire teachers and parents, as well as designers. Creative thinkers may be able to incorporate concepts for use in their own backyards.


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Choice, Control & Change: Using Science to Make Food & Activity Decisions / Pamela A. Koch, Isobel R. Contento, Angela Calabrese Barton. New York, NY: Teachers College, Columbia University, c2010. 288 pages, black & white illustrations (LiFE series; 3)

Naturalist Center GE196 .K63 2010

Recommended for use with grades 6-8.

The Linking Food and the Environment (LiFE) Series integrates the study of food with personal and environmental health, using inquiry-based learning principles. Choice, Control, & Change focuses on activities that allow the student to make informed, scientifically sound decisions about personal food choices. Lesson plans include supplemental teacher material, student pages, homework questions and assessment tools. The book opens with a science standards matrix.


Take some time to devour these and other great new titles the next time you stop by the Naturalist Center. Academy Members and California teachers can check out five books for three weeks and two DVDs or other media for one week, with one renewal possible.


Filed under: News — nature @ 11:21 am

February 15, 2011

Bookworms (Book Club): Marie Curie in Love and the Lab

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Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss

Wednesday, May 11th at 6:30 pm

Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the first person to win two Nobels in two different fields. Join us for a discussion of this illustrated and unconventional look at her life and her science.

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 @ 11:02 am

Bookworms (Book Club): At Table: Fish No More?

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Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food by Paul Greenberg

Wednesday, April 13th at 6:30 pm

Considered one of the best books of 2010, Greenberg’s book explores the history on the world’s tables of the most popular fish: salmon, sea bass, cod and tuna. Join us for a discussion of how what we eat might change.

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 @ 10:57 am
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