SAC Bug Safari ALT
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Bug Safari kits are now available online! For Bird Scouts, Cloud Quest, or refill kits, contact scienceactionclub@calacademy.org.

Designed for middle school youth in out-of-school time, Science Action Club features science kits that spark curiosity and inspire wonder for the natural world. With content from a world-class museum and scientific institution, each kit includes twelve easy-to-follow activity plans (plus bonus resources!), tools and supplies for 20 youth, and an interactive, self-paced, online training for program staff.

Bug Safari

SAC Bug Emblem

Bug Safari explores small creatures with big environmental impacts. On local field expeditions, youth search for bugs, collect specimens, and post photographs to iNaturalist—a citizen science project and online social network for nature research. Working with scientists and other students, youth identify arthropod species and document habitat conditions that influence our planet’s health.

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Bird Scouts

SAC Birds Emblem

Bird Scouts explores feathers, flight, and the features that make birds unique. Using tools and technology, youth identify local species and investigate environmental changes that impact bird behavior. The checklists youth submit to eBird—a citizen science project from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology—help scientists track changes in bird distribution and abundance across the globe.

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Bird Scouts is currently available only to certified SAC trainers and activity leaders.

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Cloud Quest

SAC Clouds Emblem

Cloud Quest explores the impact of clouds on weather and climate. Using the GLOBE Observer citizen science platform, youth identify sky conditions and report their discoveries to NASA. Researchers map these observations against satellite image data to study how clouds influence the flow of energy through Earth’s atmosphere.

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Cloud Quest is currently available only to certified SAC trainers and activity leaders.

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Online Training

SAC Trainer Using Online Training

SAC online trainings are interactive and fun! Using games, videos, and storytelling, each training provides two hours of instruction with step-by-step guidance for all activity plans, as well as important science background content and helpful teaching strategies. Available for computers and mobile devices, online trainings can be completed at your own pace, and on your own schedule. Online training is included with each SAC kit.

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