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Absorb the aquarium in 2 days!

by megan on Jun. 22nd, 2011 No Comments

Join us this July for a special 2-day workshop focused on the Aquarium!

Rocky Shores to Coral Reefs
July 11th and July 12th, 9am-3pm

Participants must attend both days.

We’ll start at the Philippine Coral Reef and graduate to the California Coast Rocky Shore. Not only will you learn the inner workings of the aquarium, but you’ll also become eligible to borrow the Coral Reef Classroom Kit!

Day 1: Coral Reef Classroom Kit Training
Develop student appreciation for one of the world’s most fragile ecosystems with this coral reef kit. Through an engaging variety of hands-on activities and games, students will learn about coral anatomy, sexual and asexual reproduction, coral distribution, and coral’s requirements for life. This day will also include guided exploration and exhibit activities that you can use on field trips to any aquarium.

Day 2: California Coast Rocky Shores
As you expand your awareness of this near-shore environment of the Rocky Shore, you’ll explore what makes the California Coast and San Francisco Bay its own biodiversity hotspot. By examining educational resources related to mollusk collections, live tide pool creatures, ocean chemistry and aquarium interpretation, you’ll develop your own best practices for facilitating an optimal field trip experience that connects your classroom to the museum and back home again.

You can register for this (or other!) workshops by calling the Contact Center at (877) 227-3311, or by purchasing a ticket online.

Name that snake!

by michelle on Jun. 6th, 2011 2 Comments

A new python is joining our Snakes & Lizards exhibit on July 1, 2011 and you have the opportunity to choose the name! Brainstorm some of your best snake names and submit to the Name the Snake contest.

The winner will participate in the snake’s unveiling on July 1, join Academy scientists behind-the-scenes as they care for the animals, and get an up close encounter with live snakes and lizards with Dr. Chris Andrews.

Names will be judged on originality, uniqueness, appropriateness, and connection to the Academy’s mission. Entries are being accepted through June 19th!

Some facts about our new python to help you come up with that perfect name:

  • Bali Yellow-headed reticulated python
  • Female
  • Born in captivity
  • 8 years old
  • About 18 ft long
  • Weighs about 150lbs
  • Can eat 13kg (30lbs) of food in one feeding
  • Habitat: Associated with rivers, streams, and lakes in rainforests, caves, woodlands, and grasslands across Southeast Asia, including Borneo

Submit your snake names now or learn more about the contest and our Snakes and Lizards exhibit.

Love birds? Have kids?

by michelle on Jun. 6th, 2011 No Comments

This Saturday, June 11th, join other families in the 1st Annual Children’s Summer Solstice Bird Count in the Presidio. It sounds like the prefect blend of family time, outdoor time, and science & nature fun.

There will be a short “binocular bootcamp and birding basics”, so if you or anyone in the family don’t have any birding experience, don’t worry! There will also be experienced birders to help make the experience even more rewarding. If you haven’t seen a birder in action, it is a sight to see. I know. My parents are avid birders and have their life lists and all of that good stuff. My mom never goes anywhere without her binoculars (seriously! we’re always loosing her because she’s stopped to look at a bird).

Anywho. This event should be tons of fun. An easy two hour walk with your kids through the beautiful Presidio observing and counting bird life, topped off with presentations of the day’s numbers by kids – what could be a better way to spend a Saturday?

For more information, check out their flier. This event is free and co-sponsored by the Presidio Trust and the Golden Gate Audubon Society.

The basics:
Date: Saturday, June 11, 2011
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Where: Presidio, San Francisco; Meet at Rob Hill Campground
Who: youth ages 8-15 and their families
Cost: FREE
Because space is limited, please RSVP to Pete Bidigare at pbidigare@presidiotrust.gov or (415) 561-4449.