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Sunday

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Planetarium will be closed Sep. 22, 23, 24

Naturalist Notebook 

June 27, 2012

Insect Basics Workshop

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Jo-Ann Ordano © California Academy of Sciences

Do you enjoy the outdoors? Wish you could identify some of the interesting insects you encounter? Join the Naturalist Center to get out and learn basic identification skills in and around the Academy. This Naturalist 101 workshop is for families with children ages 10 and up.

Saturday, July 14, 2012, 10 am–noon

$10 for members, $15 non-members (does not include admission to the Academy). Space is limited. Please register online or call 415-379-8000. Meet inside the Research & Staff Entrance.


Filed under: News,Programs — nature @ 1:24 pm

June 21, 2012

Celebrate National Pollinator Week

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Celebrate National Pollinator Week (June 18-24) at the Academy’s Naturalist Center on Level 3! Match a variety of pollinators to the types of flowers they’ve coevolved with, and learn more about their intertwined relationships. Look through a microscope at pollen collected from California native plants on and around the museum. Put together a butterfly puzzle, and then see how many of the featured species you can find around the center.

Be sure to stop by tomorrow (Friday) between 11 am-4 pm for this week’s Naturalist Center Craft: a snazzy butterfly pin to show off your pollinator pride.

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Filed under: News,Programs — nature @ 4:05 pm

June 12, 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:

  • The male of this species plays an important role in the care of its young.
  • Although the adults of this species seem large compared to others of its kind, they only weigh about 5 to 6 pounds.



Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, June 17th 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 @ 3:12 pm

June 9, 2012

Science Story Adventures–Migratory Birds

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Photo: Wood thrush (Hylocichla mustelina). U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service


Click here for the Migratory Birds 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 @ 3:14 pm

Science Story Adventures: Fish

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Photo: Sargassumfish (Histrio histrio). Gerald & Buff Corsi © California Academy of Sciences


Click here for the Fish 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 @ 1:01 pm
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