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Naturalist Notebook 

November 30, 2011

Science Story Adventures: Trees

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Photo: California black oak (Quercus kelloggii). Charles Webber © California Academy of Sciences


Click here for the Trees 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 @ 4:10 pm

Spotlight On…

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

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Can you guess what it is? Here are some hints:

  • It is one of the tallest plants in the world, growing up to 330 ft (100 m).
  • Parts of this plant have been used to treat coughs, colds and rheumatism.

Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2:30 pm for Science Story Adventures to see if you’re right and to learn more about this plant. Science Story Adventures is our program for children ages 4 – 8 and their caregivers. In the program, we explore the natural world through stories, specimens, games and crafts.


Filed under: Spotlight On... — nature @ 1:56 pm

November 29, 2011

Watts Your Energy Usage?

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Curious about the amount of energy your home computer uses in a day?


Wondering if there are any vampires (appliances that suck up energy in stand-by mode) lurking in your home?


For teachers, want to find a way to combine math and sustainability lessons?


All of this can be done with a Watt-Minder, which are now available for check-out at the Naturalist Center. The Watt-Minder measures the energy consumption of various appliances and how much it is costing you by day, month or year. As a member or a teacher, you can check one out just like one of our books. You can have it for three weeks and renew it once, as long as there isn’t a hold on it. Stop by the Naturalist Center the next time you are at the Academy to check one out.


Filed under: News — nature @ 11:24 am

November 23, 2011

Spotlight On…

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



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Photo: N. Sincero © California Academy of Sciences.



Can you guess what it is? Here are some hints:

  • The male of this species does not help out with the care of its offspring.
  • This animal feeds on nuts, seeds, insects, ferns and salamanders.



Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in front of the Project Lab on Friday, Nov. 25th at 11:30 am for Specimen Spotlight or in the Classroom on Sunday, Nov. 27th at 2:30 pm for Science Story Adventures to see if you’re right and to learn more about this animal.


Filed under: Spotlight On... — nature @ 7:29 am

November 20, 2011

Who Pooped?

11-8-11nPhoto: N. Sincero 2011, Scat Wrangler: S. Sumrall, Scat Courtesy of the Academy Docents

This scat may be found in southeastern Africa, most likely near high-quality grassland and water. You would be quite likely to find it in a conservation area, because over 80% of the estimated total population lives on some form of protected land. The dung’s components may vary, from digested grasses to remnants of fruits, flowers, twigs and leaves.

Who pooped?

Leave a comment below with your guess. We will reveal the answer in the comments section on Wednesday, November 23rd.

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 @ 8:35 am
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