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Naturalist Notebook 

July 1, 2014

Junior Academy: Naturalist Know-how

Hippodamia convergens

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

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 Eclipses on the HorizonBe prepared for two October eclipses!

October’s skill is Focus in the FieldLearn how scientists use photographs to study nature.

November’s skill is Nature AdaptsDiscover how turkeys and other animals adapt to their environments.

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

Themes may change.

Image: H. Vannoy Davis © California Academy of Sciences

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  1. The lettuce seed is growing in the loam.


    Comment by Jane — April 27, 2014 @ 8:53 am

  2. Jane — that’s great! Next time you attend Naturalist Know-how, “lettuce”know the latest update!

    Comment by nature — June 1, 2014 @ 2:51 pm

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