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Sunday

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Sunday

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Notices

The Academy will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

The Academy will be closing at 3:00 pm on 4/24. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The Academy’s rainforest exhibit will be closed 5/6–5/7 for routine maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Naturalist Notebook 

February 26, 2014

Naturalist 101: Listening to Life

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Sunday, May 4, 2014

9:45AM – noon

Naturalist 101: Listening to Life

Nan Sincero, Naturalist Center Educator, Program Lead
Ore Carmi, Guide – Lifelong Learning

While walking into work, strolling through the park, or sitting on your deck, have you wondered about the sounds around you? What is that animal? Not everyone has binoculars or the time to figure out what’s scurrying or flying by. In this workshop, you’ll master recognizing local animals by the sounds they make.

Join Academy naturalists on the roof, by the garden, and in the classroom to learn how to recognize local animal sounds!

Reservations: Members: $12, General $15 (to visit the museum, an admission ticket must also be purchased). Space is limited and advanced ticketing is required. To reserve a place today, buy a Member ticket or Non-Member ticket online or over the phone at 1-877-227-1831.  You may access information on transportation and parking here.

Barn owl (Tyto alba) photo by Dr. Lloyd Glenn Ingles © California Academy of Sciences


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February 23, 2014

Junior Academy: Naturalist Know-how

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March’s skill is Observing ChangesWatching nature transform.

Sundays at 2pm – 2:45pm (sign-up at 1:30pm) Naturalist Center / Lab (Level 3 across from the Planetarium exit)

This fun and lively hands-on program is designed for youth ages 8 to 11. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited to 20 youth with attending adults. Onsite registration is required for this program. It is recommended that you stop by the Naturalist Center a half hour before the program begins in order to register. Free with Academy admission.

Each month a new nature skill will be presented. Variations of the monthly skill will be available each week. This is a 45-minute program.

January’s skill is Puzzling Out the Past – Learn what archaeologists and paleontologists do on a dig.

February’s skill is Calls of the WildWhat animal makes that sound? 

March’s skill is Observing ChangesWatching nature transform.

April’s skill is Soil SleuthingLearn dirt science and take home a seed-growing experiment.

May’s skill is Naturalists In the FieldStep out and see nature like a scientist.

June’s skill is Skull Stories — What can skulls tell us about an animal’s ancestor?

July’s skill is  Observation Basics II — Learn how to sketch and record like a scientist!

August’s skill is  Skeletons on the Outside — No bones about it, learn about these cool animals!

September’s skill is Owl Pellets — Dissect your own and keep the bones!

Please note: There will be no Naturalist Know-how classes on Quarterly Free Sundays,  June 1, 2014 and September 14, 2014, (additional dates TBA).


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NATURALIST 101 Workshops

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Learn basic naturalist skills in these hands-on, small group (20 person) workshops.

For adults and families with children ages 12 and up. 

Upcoming workshops:

Sunday, May 4, 2014
Naturalist 101: Listening to Life
While walking into work, strolling through the park, or sitting on your deck, have you wondered about the sounds around you? What is that animal? Not everyone has binoculars or the time to figure out what’s scurrying or flying by. In this workshop, you’ll master recognizing local animals by the sounds they make.

Please Note: Please enter via the Academy’s Staff and Research Entrance at the back door located at 75 Nancy Pelosi Drive.

Reservations: Members: $10, General $15. Seating is limited and advanced ticketing is required. (Museum Admission not Included) To reserve a place today, buy a Member or Non-Member ticket online or over the phone at 1-877-227-1831

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Tuesday, July 29 and Thursday, July 31, 6:15 – 8:15PM

Naturalist 101: Hands-on Skulls, Double Workshop

Scientists can learn many things by looking at an animal’s skull, and so can you! In this two-part workshop, learn the essentials of how to identify local animals by their skulls. Discover what determines if the animal was predator or prey, what it ate, what sense was most important to its survival and more. You’ll get to examine a wide variety of fascinating skulls and specimens, go behind the scenes to see some of the Academy’s collections, visit the new Skulls exhibit, and have the opportunity to attend Thursday’s NightLife!

For adults 21 and up.

Reservations: Members: $24, General $30Check back for ticketing for this workshop.

 

Topics offered previously include: Botany Basics, Insect Basics, Birding Basics, Skulls Tell It All, and Be a Bay Area Ice Age Tourist. These may be offered again, dates TBD.

 


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February 10, 2014

DROP IN & DISCOVER

DROP IN & DISCOVER is a hands-on, naturalist program offered in the Naturalist Center during Sunday Members’ hours, 10am to 11am.

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Level 3, across from the Planetarium exit. Free with Academy membership.

 

January – Microscope Views

 

February

What can fur tell us about an animal’s environment? Feel and find out in the Naturalist Center during Members’ Hour Sundays in February.

 

March

Ever wonder what owls eat? Dissect an owl pellet in the Naturalist Center! (And you get to keep the bones, if you’d like!)

 

April 6 — May 11

Snake, Rattle and Roll — Slither up to the Naturalist Center to see how you measure up to some mighty long snakeskins!

 

May 18 through June

Shell Shock
 — Discover shells of all shapes, sizes, and functions and listen to why they make sound!

 

July

Skulls Alive! — Get hands-on with a wide variety of skulls.

 

August

Insect Inspectors
  — Become an insect inspector to discover these incredible creatures up close!

 

September

Birds, Birds, and More Birds –  Fly up to the Naturalist Center to discover surprising facts about some unique bird specimens!

 

More monthly themes, TBA.


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Junior Academy: Naturalist Know-how

February’s skill is

Calls of the WildWhat animal makes that sound?

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Image: Gerald and Buff Corsi © California Academy of Sciences

Sundays at 2pm – 2:45pm (sign-up at 1:30pm) Naturalist Center / Lab (Level 3 across from the Planetarium exit)

This program is designed for youth ages 8 to 11. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited to 20 youth with attending adults. Onsite registration is required for this program. It is recommended that you stop by the Naturalist Center a half hour before the program begins in order to register. Free with Academy admission.

Each month a new nature skill will be presented. Variations of the monthly skill will be available each week. This is a 45-minute program.

March’s skill is Observing Changes Watching nature transform.

April’s skill is Soil Sleuthing Learn dirt science and take home a seed-growing experiment.

May’s skill is Naturalists In the Field  Step out and see nature like a scientist.

Please note: There will be no Naturalist Know-how classes on Quarterly Free Sundays,  June 1, 2014 (additional dates TBA).


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