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Naturalist Notebook 

January 29, 2012

Science Story Adventures: Butterfly Life Cycle

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Photo:Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus). Albert P. Bekker © California Academy of Sciences


Click here for the Butterfly Life Cycle 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 @ 1:49 pm

January 25, 2012

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:

  • This animal cannot survive freezing temperatures.
  • This animal has an internal compass that helps it navigate when migrating.



Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, January 29th at 2:30 pm for Science Story Adventures to see if you’re right and to learn more about this animal. 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 @ 1:51 pm

January 22, 2012

Science Story Adventures: Ducks and Ducklings

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Photo:Falkland steamer duck (Tachyeres brachypterus). Gerald and Buff Corsi © California Academy of Sciences


Click here for the Ducks and Ducklings 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 @ 4:57 pm

January 19, 2012

Naturalist Center Changes

As the new year begins, we at the Academy are excited about the many new developments coming in 2012. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, a new aquarium gallery, Animal Attraction, will open February 11th, and prepare to be moved on May 26th with the opening of a major new exhibit and Planetarium show, Earthquake.



Changes are afoot in the Naturalist Center, as well. In order to free up resources to focus on creating more hands-on opportunities for our visitors to engage with science and sustainability, we have made the difficult decision to discontinue making our library materials available for members, teachers and volunteers to take home. The following is a timeline of when these changes will occur:


  • February 1, 2012: Last day to get a Naturalist Center lending card
  • March 1, 2012: Last day to renew an item already checked out
  • April 1, 2012: Books and DVDs will stop circulating (any items checked out before April 1 will be due 21 days from the checkout date)



We know that access to these resources is important to members, teachers and volunteers and want to assure you they will remain available for you to read and watch within the Naturalist Center space. Pages of particular interest can be scanned and e-mailed free of charge, or photocopied for a small fee.



As always, we will continue to offer reference services, helping you find answers to questions about the natural world and assisting with the identification of natural history specimens. The Naturalist Center is—and will continue to be—a dynamic resource for members who are curious to learn more about the natural world. Our commitment to providing quality services and programs has not changed. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at naturalist@calacademy.org or 415.379.5494.


Filed under: News — nature @ 6:00 pm

January 18, 2012

Spotlight On…

Check out this week’s featured specimen!

(Pictured below, really close up!)



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Photo: N. Sincero, 2012



Can you guess what it is?



Here are some hints:

  • This species will often graze on vegetation in grasslands and sometimes in agricultural fields.
  • Although populations of this species declined in the 1980s, they have recovered, and, today, it is a fairly common species throughout North America.



Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, January 22th at 2:30 pm for Science Story Adventures to see if you’re right and to learn more about this animal. 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 @ 1:45 pm
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