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Endangered Species Day is May 19th, 2017

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Endangered Species Day is May 19th, 2017

Today is Endangered Species Day! This is an opportunity for people of all ages to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species and everyday actions they can take to help protect them. All species big and small are important in our world Humans are able to both help and hinder other species. What we…

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Volunteer to Help Wildlife and the Environment

In honor of science, spring and Earth Day, which is really every day, here are some great  ways that you as an individual can make a positive impact on the natural world. Sustainability and Biodiversity One of the major challenges we face today is the strain we are putting on our planet’s life sustaining resources,…

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Conservation, Environmentalism and You

Looking for inspiration for your own personal environmental commitment efforts?  Here are some projects that are making a positive impact and why these projects are important to all of us. Marsh Conservation The marsh conservation experiment led by CuriOdyssey Science Educator Catherine Brett will provide valuable data to inform future LIRA (invasive marsh plant) management strategies…

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Wildlife Devotion

There are a few animal species that display behaviors that look similar to what humans might call love.   3-5% of mammals could be considered monogamous, possibly because multiple parents are needed to ensure the survival of offspring. Owl monkeys take a year to get acquainted before mating, then exhibit behavior that researchers think may illustrate a type of…

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Celebrating 10 Years of Commitment to CuriOdyssey

This month we celebrate an important anniversary.  Science education leader and CuriOdyssey Executive Director, Rachel Meyer, celebrates ten years of dedication to CuriOdyssey’s mission of delivering serious science to bay area children. With her guidance, hundreds of thousands of children have visited CuriOdyssey, touched science, met animals and learned to discern fact from opinion. Science education is more…

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At-home Science Activities for Kids

CuriOdyssey camps and classes inspire the inner scientist in kids with S.T.E.A.M. activities facilitated by professional educators.  But there are lots of quick and easy at-home art projects you can do with your child that teach science concepts.  Here are a few we recommend for your young science enthusiast. Paper Helicopter Come fly with us! This simple…

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Nature’s Patterns Around Us

From organic to physical to auditory, there are patterns everywhere.  Our exhibit explores many of these patterns.  A great article in the Smithsonian explores a well respected book called Patterns in Nature and an interview with its author, Philip Ball.  Our newest exhibition is based on the same concepts in this book. Artist Theo Jansen applies physics to his “Strandbeest”…

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More Wildlife in Winter

Our Wildlife in Winter blog article on the behaviors wildlife uses to cope with cold winter weather was very popular.  Here are a few more examples of the incredible ways wild animals have adapted and behaviors they use to survive in the cold. Hummingbirds Hummingbirds look frail but are incredibly tough birds.  In cold weather, their 107 degree body…

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Wildlife in Winter

Have you ever wondered what animals in the wild do to cope with the cold of winter? Some bears go into torpor to lower their temperature and heart  rate, saving energy until food is more plentiful in spring.  Some bird species migrate to find food.  Many animals get warm winter coats and some even change the color of their fur…

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Patterns Found in Nature

CuriOdyssey is exploring visual and auditory patterns found in nature in a series of blog posts and in our upcoming new exhibit, THE NATURE OF PATTERNS.  A few of the patterns we will delve into are: Symmetries (mirror & radial) Fractals (branching) Spirals Flow Foam Waves Tiling Cracks Spots & stripes Plus, auditory patterns These…

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