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Naturalist Notebook 

August 30, 2011

Science Story Adventures: Recycling for Earth Day

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Click here for the Recycling for Earth Day 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 @ 3:42 pm

Spotlight On…

Check out this week’s featured specimen!



(Pictured below, really close up!)



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Photo: N. Sincero 2011



Can you guess what it is?



Here are some hints:

  • This animal prefers to eat sponges.
  • Males of this species have longer claws than females.



Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us outside the Project Lab on Friday, September 2nd at 11:30 AM for Specimen Spotlight in order to find out if you’re right.


Filed under: Spotlight On... — nature @ 10:04 am

August 28, 2011

Science Story Adventures: Eggs

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Photo:Lincoln’s sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) nest. Dr. Lloyd Glenn Ingles © California Academy of Sciences.

Click here for the Eggs 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 @ 10:43 am

August 26, 2011

Who Pooped?

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Scat Photo: CAS 2011



The dropping of this animal comes out together in three separate parts: a whitish-gray part, a dark brown part, and a ball of indigestible matter such as hair, feathers or fur. You can see the animal that made this scat here at the Academy of Sciences.



Who pooped?



Leave a comment below with your guess. We will reveal the answer in the comments section on Tuesday, August 30th



If you have your own natural history mystery (an unidentified animal, plant or other specimen), send a photo or two to naturalist@calacademy.org. We’ll do our best to help out. Please include location, date and any other details that seem pertinent.


Filed under: Who Pooped — nature @ 8:54 am

August 24, 2011

Science Story Adventures: Rainforests

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Photo:River in the Amazon rainforest. Cesar Paes Barreto.

Click here for the Rainforests 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 @ 9:20 am
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