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A Beacon to Reckon With

A Beacon to Reckon With

Article by Pauline Chu, CuriOdyssey Docent I have always wanted to live in a lighthouse, for a while. Sure, there would be gales, heavy rains, mountainous waves, bone-chilling nights. And there would be steps to climb, light wicks to ignite, machinery to check on and fix, things to polish, instruments to keep in working order.…

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Become a Pollinator Superhero!


It’s Spring! It’s Earth Day! It’s a great time to think about our insect friends and the plants that help them thrive. You can become a pollinator superhero with these simple tips.

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CuriOdyssey’s Welcomes New Director of Education

CuriOdyssey Science Playground and Zoo

Dear CuriOdyssey Community, Today we are reaching out to our CuriOdyssey Community to introduce you to our new Director of Education, Jessa Barzelay. Jessa Barzelay joined CuriOdyssey after 13 years in Education management and leadership at the San Francisco Zoo and San Francisco Botanical Garden. At the San Francisco Zoo, Jessa oversaw education programs including…

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CuriOdyssey Terminates the Employment of Carl Oosterman

CuriOdyssey has terminated the employment of Carl Oosterman, Director of Education, effective immediately. Mr. Oosterman was employed at CuriOdyssey for 17 years. Last week we learned about a deeply disturbing incident that involved Mr. Oosterman at an offsite location outside of work hours. This incident was brought to our attention by a private watchdog group…

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Update – CuriOdyssey Terminates the Employment of Carl Oosterman

Dear CuriOdyssey families, Today I am reaching out to our current and past CuriOdyssey, Leaders In Training (LIT) counselor and homeschool families regarding further developments regarding the very serious matter involving former CuriOdyssey employee and Director of Education Carl Oosterman. As you may already know from a previous letter or CuriOdyssey’s public statement, dated July…

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“Full STEAM Ahead!” – CuriOdyssey’s 2021 Virtual Gala

On Thursday, February 25, 2021, CuriOdyssey hosted its first ever virtual gala, “Full STEAM Ahead!” This event was made possible by Gala Co-Chairs, Julie Lee and Kelly Markson, our board of directors, and all of our generous gala sponsors. You can watch a recording of the virtual gala here. Thanks to the 280 friends who…

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Celebrating Leaders in STEM Education

For Black History Month, CuriOdyssey is celebrating leaders in STEM education and conservation.  This week, we are highlighting the organization, Black Girls Code. Leaders in STEM education mentor the next leaders in STEM The Black Girls Code organization was started by Kimberly Bryant.  She writes on the organization website, ” By launching Black Girls Code,…

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Celebrating STEM and Conservation Leaders During Black History Month

February is Black History Month.  This month of recognition and celebration of Black Americans began as a one-week event in 1926.  “The intention (of Black History Month) has never been to dictate or limit the exploration of the Black experience, but to bring to the public’s attention important developments that merit emphasis.”, writes ASALH on…

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Creature Feetures, Volume 4, Plant Seed Germination


Scientific Observation: Plant germination! Visit our next onsite exhibition “Creature Feetures” to experience animal and plant features – like germination.  This exhibition will help support the NGSS teachings regarding animal and plant adaptations. You will see microscopic animals magnified through Igor Siwanowicz’s magnificent photography, use your feet to power an exhibit and get up close to observe zoo…

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