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Naturalist Notebook 

June 6, 2012

World Oceans Day this Friday (6/8)

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Gerald and Buff Corsi © California Academy of Sciences



Celebrate World Oceans Day at the Academy’s Naturalist Center this Friday, June 8, 11:00 am-4:00 pm! Color a Dr. Seuss World Oceans Day crown and proudly wear it to show your support in keeping our oceans clean. Watch a nature documentary about marine animals. Play Ocean Bingo, put together underwater-animal jigsaw puzzles, and more.

This Sunday’s Science Story Adventures program continues the celebration with a fish theme. The program starts at 2:30 pm in the classroom next door to the Naturalist Center and is for children ages 4 to 8 and their caregivers.

Middle school students are invited to participate in Our Oceans Essay and Art Contest. Click here for more information.


Filed under: News,Programs — nature @ 5:50 pm

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 is found in tropical oceans around the world.
  • It feeds mainly on sea urchins, molluscs and hermit crabs.



Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, June 10th 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 @ 1:54 pm

June 4, 2012

Transit of Venus Tomorrow (6/5)!

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Tuesday, June 5, 11:00-4:00 pm

Celebrate this rare alignment between Earth, Venus and the Sun that won’t happen again for more than a hundred years. Play astronomy games, puzzles and much more!  Weather permitting, join Academy docents with solar telescopes on the Living Roof to view this special event, starting just after 3 pm PST. Catch some of the Exploratorium’s live webcast from Hawaii on screens in the Naturalist Center and Science in Action.

Note: Program free of charge with admission to the Academy.


Filed under: News,Programs — nature @ 4:51 pm

June 1, 2012

National GeekDad Day

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Photo: NISE Network

Make Father’s Day a GeekDad Day at the Naturalist Center! Explore nano science, try your engineering skills on a LEGO shake table and much more. Don’t miss a father-themed Science Story Adventures (for children 4 to 8 years old) 2:30 pm in the classroom next door to the Naturalist Center.

For fun things to do at home, go to http://www.wired.com/geekdad/geekdaddaypackage/

National GeekDad Day is a partnership with WIRED.


Filed under: Programs — nature @ 2:44 pm
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