I love this animated gif of the weather station on the living roof of the California Academy of Sciences. There's something calming and reassuring about it. Weather stations are part of the automated heating and cooling system of the museum. They monitor wind speed, wind direction, rainfall, temperature and humidity.... Read more →


I am thrilled to be returning to the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) conference this year, happening next weekend in San Jose, California. It's been a couple years since I've been to ASTC, one of my favorite science education conventions. And it's great to have it in our... Read more →


One of the many awesome science fortune cookies given out at the Institute for Biodiversity Science and Sustainability open house at the Cal Academy yesterday. More about the Cassidine beetle and its unique fecal defense: The larvae of tortoise beetles (Chrysomelidae, Cassidinae), so called because of the turtle-like appearance of... Read more →


Park rangers are unsung naturalists and science educators. But they serve a critical, front-line role in facilitating public engagement and understanding of natural systems and phenomena. Plus, they get a killer uniform. This beautifully designed poster by Tyler Nordgren emphasizes how bad ass park rangers are. I'm putting a print... Read more →


I had the honor and privilege of visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture last weekend, and I'm still reeling from the experience. Plan on spending at least 3-4 hours there, to get a decent exposure to the exhibits. I learned and felt so much while I... Read more →


Teen Science Night is the world's largest teens-only museum event. Our fifth Teen Science Night on August 11 blew out all of our previous attendance records with over 2,100 teens from across Northern California descending on the California Academy Sciences. During Teen Science Night, young people have free rein to... Read more →