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Sunday

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Sunday

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Notices

The Academy will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

The Academy will be closing at 3:00 pm on 4/24. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The Academy’s rainforest exhibit will be closed 5/6–5/7 for routine maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Naturalist Notebook 

February 28, 2012

Spotlight On…

Check out this week’s featured specimen!

(Pictured below, really close up!)

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Photo: © 2006 Steven G. Johnson

Can you guess what it is?

Here are some hints:

  • This animal is monogamous.
  • This animal is very slow moving so it sucks up it’s prey rather than chasing it down.

Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, March 4th 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 @ 3:03 pm

February 27, 2012

New! Living Eco-Wise Program for Brownies

Living Eco-Wise Patch

Discover what makes the Academy the greenest museum in the world–from our reused blue jean insulation to our amazing Living Roof covered with native plants. Increase your eco-awareness doing fun activities like making your own recycled-art masterpiece in this Living Eco-Wise patch program for Girl Scout Brownies (grades 2-3).



Saturday, April 14th, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, May 19th, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm



Reservations: $24.95 per person; includes admission to the Academy. One adult chaperone is required for every eight girls. If attending the program individually, girls under 12 must be accompanied by an adult (max number of two adults). Space is limited. To sign up, register online or call 800-794-7576.


Filed under: News,Programs — nature @ 5:18 pm

February 22, 2012

NanoDays at the Naturalist Center

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Discover a miniscule world where materials have special properties and new technologies have spectacular promise! Don’t miss NanoDays (March 24-April 1) at the Academy’s Naturalist Center.

Make your own nanomaterial using adhesive tape, investigate superthin materials used in solar cell technology, and change the color of a butterfly’s wings! Build a giant puzzle, play an “I Spy Nano” game, and much more.

NanoDays is a nationwide festival of educational programs organized by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net). To learn more about NanoDays and the amazing world of nanoscale science, visit What Is Nano?

Nano Experiment


Filed under: News,Programs — nature @ 4:49 pm

February 21, 2012

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:

  • This animal’s teeth can be up to 4 inches (10 cm) long.
  • This animal has a very good sense of hearing.

Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, February 26th 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 @ 4:57 pm

February 19, 2012

Science Story Adventures: Turtles & Tortoises

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Photo:Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas). Caroline Kopp © California Academy of Sciences


Click here for the Turtles & Tortoises 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 @ 11:54 am
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