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Green Your Classroom Challenge: Deadline April 2

by megan on Feb. 23rd, 2010 No Comments

Chris pitchAre you a K-8 teacher from San Francisco County? Interested in winning a special day for your class with the San Francisco Giants?

Then be sure to check out our latest contest — the Green Your Classroom Challenge.

Audit your classroom to evaluate how “green” it is, and let your students work together to establish new environmentally-friendly practices for the classroom. Then, have the class produce a creative presentation to showcase their commitment — anything goes!

The winning class will:

  • receive free tickets to attend the Earth Day San Francisco Giants game on Sunday, April 25, 2010, at AT&T Park;
  • have the opportunity to participate in a home plate ceremony to showcase their green classroom;
  • be featured on the HD Scoreboard; and
  • meet an Academy scientist!

All contest submissions must be received by April 2, 2010, so start greening your classroom today!

Click here to be redirected to the contest details

Book Club: March – May Reads

by megan on Feb. 18th, 2010 No Comments

Did you know that the Naturalist Center at the Academy hosts a book club for adults? Known as Bookworms, this monthly book group focuses on science-themed books hand-picked by our librarians and the group. Expand your knowledge of a science topic, engage in dialogue, and perhaps meet an author or two!

Did we mention that the book club is free? This book group meets after the museum closes, so you’ll have time to commute after school. Academy staff just need to know to expect you, so you can be escorted to the meeting room from the business entrance off Middle Drive. To reserve a place, pick up a “ticket” on the online calendar or call 800-794-7576. Space is limited.

Here’s the line-up of books chosen for our meetings this spring! Purchase a used copy from Amazon, or borrow the book from either the San Francisco Public Library or the Naturalist Center stacks. Note that participants are encouraged to read the book before attending.

Bookworms Adult Book Club: Selections for Spring

Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 6:30 pm

The Coral Thief

Topic: Philosophers, Spies, and Scientists

The Coral Thief by Rebecca Stott

In a change of pace, the group will discuss the novel, The Coral Thief, set in Paris in 1815. It combines early scientific ideas about evolution with passion, romance and the theft of a priceless coral specimen.

SFPL . Amazon . Naturalist Center

Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Cold: Adventures in the World's Frozen Places

Topic: The Big Chill

Cold: Adventures in the World’s Frozen Places by Bill Streever

Join the group for a discussion of Streever’s account of a year in the world’s coldest places. Learn more about what cold is, why it is important, and how scientists reconstruct the climates of the past.

SFPL . Amazon . Naturalist Center

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 6:30 pm

The Lost City of Z

Topic: Amazonian Adventures

The Lost City of Z by David Grann

Writer David Grann became fascinated by the story of British explorer Percy Harrison Fawcett who went on a search to find the city of Z, an ancient civilization that might not have existed. Fawcett never returned. Grann undertakes his own mission to learn more about Fawcett’s “deadly obsession” and Z.

SFPL . Amazon . Naturalist Center