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Naturalist Notebook 

January 3, 2012

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 specimen has male and female flowers on separate plants.
  • It is not native to California and is considered an invasive species by the California Invasive Plant Council.



Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, January 8th at 2:30 pm for Science Story Adventures to see if you’re right and to learn more about this specimen. 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 @ 8:27 am

January 1, 2012

Science Story Adventures: Snow

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Photo:Snowflakes, Plate XIX from Studies among the snow crystals during the winter of 1901-2 with additional data collected during previous winters and twenty-two half-tone plates by Wilson A. Bentley.


Click here for the Snow 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 @ 12:37 pm
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