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Naturalist Notebook 

March 25, 2012

Science Story Adventures: Seeds II

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Photo:European columbine (Aquilegia vulgaris) © Frank Vincentz, 2007


Click here for the Seeds II online handout.

Each week in the Naturalist Center, we take young 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 @ 9:12 am

March 23, 2012

NanoDays starts this weekend!

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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. Build a giant nano puzzle, change the color of a butterfly’s wing, 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?

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Filed under: News,Programs — nature @ 2:46 pm

March 20, 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:

  • When mature, this plant is usually between 3.7-7.6 m (12-25 ft) tall.
  • This plant is pollinated by midges.


Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, March 25th 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 @ 3:18 pm

March 13, 2012

Spotlight On…

Check out this week’s featured specimen!

(Pictured below, really close up!)

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Photo: George W. Robinson © California Academy of Sciences

Can you guess what it is?


Here are some hints:

  • This animal is common throughout North America.
  • Many of the young of this species don’t survive their first year. Of those that do, they generally live 5 or 6 years.



Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, March 18th 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 @ 3:33 pm

March 11, 2012

Science Story Adventures–Dolphins

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Photo: Clymene dolphins (Stenella clymene). NOAA


Click here for the Dolphins 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 @ 10:36 am
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