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Naturalist Notebook 

August 8, 2013

Can you identify these skulls?

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In our Naturalist Know-how class, 8 to 11-year-olds can!

[This class ended on August 25th. See details on other classes here.]

While dissecting owl pellets, kids learn about owls, owl prey and how to collect scientific data!

Do you know a young person interested in nature? Take them to Naturalist Know-how, Sundays at 2pm (sign-up at 1:30) in the Naturalist Center (Level 3). Each month kids learn a new skill.

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.

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.

See below or here for more information.


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August 1, 2013

Junior Academy: Naturalist Know-how

In August, learn about owls, owl pellet dissection and scientific data collection!

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Do you know a young person interested in nature?  Take them to Junior Academy: Naturalist Know-how!

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 adult. This is a 45-minute program.

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

Each month a new nature skill will be presented. Variations of the monthly skill will be available each week.

August’s skill is Owls, Owl Pellet Dissection, and Scientific Data Collection. Learn the ins and outs of these incredible animals while collecting important data!

September’s skill is Flower/Plant Pressing. Learn how to preserve fresh specimens just like botanists do!

October’s skill is Stones, Spiders and Scum — Up Close! Explore the hidden side of everyday things by learning to use a microscope.

November’s skill is Searching the Sky — What’s Up? Learn to see the sky like an astronomer!

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.

Please note: There will be no Naturalist Know-how classes on Quarterly Free Sundays,  September 29, 2013; December 8, 2013; February 9, 2014; June 1, 2014.


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July 5, 2013

Cruise Our Underwater Highway

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Photo: Lila Garza © California Academy of Sciences

 

The California Academy of Sciences’ new Built for Speed exhibit, presented through September 29, 2013,  examines the physical adaptations and characteristics of various ocean animals as they relate to speed and movement.

 

Here in the Naturalist Center, we are highlighting ocean motion and animal locomotion. We have created an underwater highway system illustrating the ocean currents that various animals use to get around. Sailfish, sharks and other fast-lane movers may use surface currents to increase their speed while whales, turtles and other long-haul travelers use deeper ocean currents to carry them long distances. Seafloor travelers often move up and down through the water column. You can learn about the anatomy and travel habits of ocean animals by using the materials available at our craft table to make an animal of your choice and add it to our highway. Set your animal friend on a summer road-trip adventure under the sea!

 

You can learn more about marine animal anatomy and behavior at our Specimen Spotlight program, “Speedy Species,” Saturday afternoons at 2:00 in the Naturalist Center.

 

 

 

 


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May 31, 2013

Naturalist 101: Botany Basics Workshop

The Bay Area is home to a dizzying array of native plants. From monkey flowers to lizard tails, how do you begin to identify them? Get started by examining the common parts of flowering plants and discovering differences among major groups. Then, explore the grounds around the Academy, where more than 70 local species grow. This program is for adults and families with children ages 10+.

Reservations: Members $10; Non-Members $15; Reservations required; space is limited. To reserve a place today, buy a ticket online or over the phone at 1-877-227-1831.

Please Note: We will meet at the Business Reception Desk. Access via the Academy’s Staff and Research Entrance, 75 Nancy Pelosi Drive (formerly Middle Drive).

 

Image: Gerald & Buff Corsi

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May 28, 2013

Junior Academy: Naturalist Know-how

New program for ages 8-11!

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Do you know a young person interested in nature?  Take them to Junior Academy: Naturalist Know-how!

Sundays at 2 pm, California Academy of Sciences Naturalist Center / Lab (Level 3 across from the Planetarium exit)

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.

July: Observation Basics      August: Owls and Owl Pellet Dissection

September: Flower/Plant Pressing      Additional months: TBD

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.

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