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Naturalist Notebook 

February 14, 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 digs its own burrow for its home.
  • This animal helps with the dispersal of seeds.



Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, February 19th 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 @ 1:55 pm

February 9, 2012

Be My Valentine…

penguin-valentine

Monday, February 13th, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Decorate a valentine for an African Penguin in preparation for the annual Day of Love.
Valentine-making activities in the Naturalist Center from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, while supplies last. The birds will receive them as nesting material at 11:30 am and 3:30 pm.

Filed under: Programs — nature @ 1:35 pm

This Week’s Craft at the Naturalist Center

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Make a puppet to celebrate Charles Darwin’s 203rd birthday!

Friday, February 10 at 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Saturday, February 11 at 10:00am to 5:00pm


Filed under: Programs — nature @ 1:34 pm

February 7, 2012

Spotlight On…

Check out this week’s featured specimen!

(Pictured below, really close up!)
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Photo: C. Spears.

Can you guess what it is?

Here are some hints:

  • This animal eats mainly invertebrates, such as worms, snails and insects.
  • Although this animal lives in dry habitats, it is a good swimmer.



Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, February 12th 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 @ 1:35 pm

February 2, 2012

Celebrate Engineering

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Photo: Flying dragon (Draco volans). Alfius Leman

Test your design skills by creating a variety of simple objects from a Borneo glider to an aluminum foil boat for transferring marine specimens. Join us for these and other drop-in activities to celebrate National Engineers Week (February 19th -25th).

Saturday, February 18th, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm in the Classroom


Filed under: News,Programs — nature @ 11:38 am
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