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Virtual Activities: Golden Gate Park

Golden Gate Park 150

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May 22, 2020 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Obata’s Yosemite

Happy Birthday Chiura Obata!

Chiura Obata’s Art, and the Influence of Yosemite

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November 18, 2019 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Fly, Flight, Fugit

by Squeak Carnwath

“When I’m in a plane,” said Squeak Carnwath, “I often think about things that fly naturally. This work is about those things—bees, flags, snow, bugs, mercury, rain, and flights of fancy.” Much of Carnwath’s work is about her own thoughts, reactions, and memories.

What other things that fly naturally come to your mind?
What does ‘fugit’ mean?

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August 6, 2019 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

The Redwoods

Poem by Joseph P. Strauss


Art by Alice Shaw

Here, sown by the Creator’s hand.
In serried ranks, the Redwoods stand:
No other clime is honored so,
No other lands their glory know.

The greatest of Earth’s living forms,
Tall conquerors that laugh at storms;
Their challenge still unanswered rings,
Through fifty centuries of kings.

The nations that with them were young,
Rich empires, with their forts far-flung,
Lie buried now-their splendor gone:
But these proud monarchs still live on.

So shall they live, when ends our days,
When our crude citadels decay;
For brief the years allotted man,
But infinite perennials’ span.

This is their temple, vaulted high,
And here, we pause with reverent eye,
With silent tongue and awestruck soul;
For here we sense life’s proper goal:

To be like these, straight, true and fine,
to make our world like theirs, a shrine;
Sink down, Oh, traveler, on your knees,
God stands before you in these trees.

Strauss Poems

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July 20, 2019 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Ground Bees of Satwiwa

Happy World Bee Day

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May 20, 2019 at 5:20 am Leave a comment

I Love You, California

California State Song

I love you, California, you’re the greatest state of all.
I love you in the winter, summer, spring and in the fall.
I love your fertile valleys; your dear mountains I adore.
I love your grand old ocean and I love her rugged shore.

CHORUS

Where the snow crowned Golden Sierras
Keep their watch o’er the valleys bloom,
It is there I would be in our land by the sea,
Every breeze bearing rich perfume.
It is here nature gives of her rarest. It is Home Sweet Home to me,
And I know when I die I shall breathe my last sigh
For my sunny California.

VERSE 2

I love your red- wood forests – love your fields of yellow grain.
I love your summer breezes and I love your winter rain.
I love you, land of flowers; land of honey, fruit and wine.
I love you, California; you have won this heart of mine.

VERSE 3

I love your old gray Missions – love your vineyards stretching far.
I love you, California, with your Golden Gate ajar.
I love your purple sun- sets, love your skies of azure blue.
I love you, California; I just can’t help loving you.

VERSE 4

I love you, Catalina, you are very dear to me.
I love you, Tamalpais, and I love Yosemite.
I love you, Land of Sunshine, Half your beauties are untold.
I loved you in my childhood, and I’ll love you when I’m old.

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April 9, 2019 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

I Heard It Through The Grapevine

March 9, 2019 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

PERSEVERE: The Wilma Rudolph Movie

By Lisa Rossi’s Jefferson Elementary 2nd Grade Class

The students of one second grade class at Jefferson Elementary School in Berkeley, CA share the journey of Olympic Gold Medalist Wilma Rudolph

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March 8, 2019 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

In Pursuit of the California Dogface Butterfly

Would love to see The Story of the Dogface Butterfly!

In Pursuit of the California Dogface Butterfly

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February 10, 2019 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Monarch Butterflies


The Monarch: Saving Our Most-Loved Butterfly

Every fall, spectacular orange and black clouds of monarch butterflies fill the skies as they migrate from across North America to Central Mexico. West Coast populations make a similar though much shorter trip to coastal California. The National Wildlife Federation calls the monarch migration “one of the greatest natural phenomena in the insect world.” Not long ago, monarchs numbered in the billions, but in the last 20 years their population has dropped by 90%, due to habitat loss from pesticides, modern farming practices, urban development and other human activity. An estimated one million acres of habitat are lost each year.

But today, an army of citizen scientists, students and gardeners is engaged in restoring this beloved pollinator’s habitat – the wildflowers and milkweed and feeding corridors – so that one of nature’s most beautiful creatures will still be there for generations to come. And it starts in our own backyards.

The Monarch showcases this magnificent butterfly with eye-popping photos, fun facts about a monarch’s life cycle, and things to know about the vital role that pollinators play in our ecosystem. Monarch enthusiast and nature blogger Kylee Baumle provides “action” projects for all ages, from planting milkweed and wildflowers to making butterfly watering stations…to volunteer activism.

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December 14, 2018 at 8:25 pm 1 comment

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