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Naturalist Notebook 

April 30, 2014

Bandar’s Bones: Skulls of a Lifetime


Bandar’s Bones: Skulls of a Lifetime
On display in the Naturalist Center on Level 3

Academy Field Associate Raymond “Bones” Bandar has spent more than 60 years collecting skulls — and a collection of that scale holds some pretty fascinating stories!

Make your way to the Naturalist Center to see 63 of these specimen treasures up close in a 10-case display personally curated by Bandar. Highlighting a diverse variety of mammal skulls from different sexes, age groups, and with unique abnormalities, this display features giraffes, monkeys, muntjacs, dolphin, and more!



Naturalist Center hours:

Saturday and Sunday, 10AM – 5PM

Monday through Friday 11AM – 4PM

Starting May 16, 2014, Monday through Friday until 5PM


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Owl Pellet Investigation

What do owls eat? Join Careers in Science interns and Naturalist Center educators to become a skulls and bones sleuth! Dissect an owl pellet on Saturdays at 10AM, May 17 through September 27 in the Naturalist Center on Level 3.


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April 23, 2014

NATURALIST 101 Workshops


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


Upcoming workshops:



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

Scientists can learn many things by examining an animal’s skull, and so can you!

In this two-part workshop, you’ll get to investigate a wide variety of fascinating skulls and other specimens plus learn the essentials of how to identify local animals by their skulls. You’ll discover what determines if the animal was predator or prey, what it ate, and what sense was most important to its survival.

You’ll get to compare “your” Homo sapiens skull with other mammals and test your knowledge of animal senses.

You’ll also go behind the scenes to see some of the Academy’s most extraordinary collections, visit the new Skulls exhibit, and be able to attend Thursday’s NightLife.

For adults 21 and up. Please sign-in at 6PM at the reception desk via staff entrance at 75 Nancy Pelosi Drive (formerly Middle Dr) rear entry to the Academy.

Reservations: Members: $24, General $30Space 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.


Naturalist 101 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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April 1, 2014

Soil Sleuthing!

Junior Academy: Naturalist Know-how’s skill for the month of April is Soil Sleuthing. Learn dirt science and take home a sustainable seed-growing experiment!


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 (1:30 PM).  Free with Academy admission.

Junior Academy: Naturalist Know-how workshops are super fun and you get to learn naturalist skills in a real science lab and/or outside! Every month we have a new theme; click here for the list and additional information.

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


April 2014


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