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Naturalist Notebook 

May 31, 2011

New at the Naturalist Center: Snakes and Lizards

We have some great new arrivals this week at the Naturalist Center! They’ve slithered in just in time for summer.



SSSS : Snake Art & Allegory / Gita Wolf and Ianna Andréadis. [Chennai] : Tara Books : [Paris] : Musée Du Quai Branly, c2010. Unpaged, color illustrations.
Naturalist Center GR740 .W65 2010

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This little book engages even the sense of touch, being printed on thick and slightly rough paper. Bold, swirling brush strokes, primarily in simple black, illustrate short Hindu and Buddhist tales about the place of snakes in the universe.



Stalking the Plumed Serpent and Other Adventures in Herpetology / D. Bruce Means. Sarasota, Fla. : Pineapple Press, c2008. 238 pages, 16 pages of plates.
Naturalist Center QL641 .M39 2008

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Herpetologist Bruce Means writes of his adventures studying the creepy, crawly and maligned creatures of this world. He travels in search of reptiles, going everywhere from his home in the Florida panhandle to Australia, Mexico and Costa Rica. Dr. Means will impart a little of his herpetophilia to the reader.



Check out these and other great new titles next time you stop by and see us!

At 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,Theme of the Month — nature @ 12:01 pm

May 23, 2011

Science Story Adventures: Animal Attractions and Pretty Plants

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Photo: Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna). Dr. Lloyd Glenn Ingles © California Academy of Sciences.

Click here for the Animal Attractions and Pretty Plants 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 @ 4:00 pm

Science Story Adventures: Coral Reefs

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Photo: Foster Bam © California Academy of Sciences.

Click here for the Coral Reefs 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 @ 3:10 pm

Science Story Adventures: Corn

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Photo: FEMA, 1993.

Click here for the Corn 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 @ 3:07 pm

May 19, 2011

Science Story Adventures: Animal Parents

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Photo: King penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus), Gerald and Buff Corsi © California Academy of Sciences

Click here for the Animal Parents 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 @ 2:04 pm
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