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Naturalist Notebook 

July 18, 2012

Spotlight On…

This week we’re doing something a little different. Pictured below are some animal tracks. Can you guess who left them behind?
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Photo: © Hans Hillewaert

Here are some hints:

  • This animal’s front track is usually about 2 in (5.7 cm) long, and its hind track is usually about 3 in (7.9 cm) long.
  • This animal is an omnivore and will eat just about anything.



Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, July 22th at 2:30 pm for Science Story Adventures to see if you’re right and to do some more animal tracking. 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 @ 11:48 am

Dive into Coral Reefs at the Sunset Library Branch

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Ever wonder what exactly coral is–an animal, a plant or a mineral? Find out with Naturalist Center staff by examining coral specimens, creating your own edible coral reef polyp and taking the coral reef challenge to help protect this fragile habitat.You’ll also get inspiration for the Growing Up Asian: Our Oceans Essay & Art Contest sponsored by the Asian Pacific Fund and the California Academy of Sciences.


Saturday, August 25, 3:00 – 4:30 pm at the Sunset Library Branch
For ages 8-13. Limit 25 participants. To register please call the Sunset Library at 415.355.2818.There is no cost to participate.


Filed under: News,Programs — nature @ 9:28 am

July 15, 2012

Science Story Adventures: Ostriches

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Photo: Ostrich (Struthio camelus). Gerald and Buff Corsi © California Academy of Sciences


Click here for the Ostriches 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 @ 12:05 pm

July 11, 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 lives in drier habitats and gets most of the water it needs from the plants it eats.
  • This animal has strong legs and has been known to kill a predator with its kick.



Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, July 15th 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 @ 3:10 pm

July 1, 2012

Science Story Adventures: Earthquake

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Photo: Damage from the 2003 San Simeon Earthquake in Central California. © Hey Paul, 2003


Click here for the Earthquake 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 @ 10:41 am
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