Yoda Statue: Lucasfilm Headquarters, San Francisco

For my young Padawan, we made the pilgrimage to the Lucasfilm Headquarters in the Presidio to see the life-sized Yoda statue…. Photos taken June 20th, 2013 *** Interested in going?  You’ll find the Yoda fountain in front of the Lucasfilm Headquarters, located in the Presidio, at 1 Letterman Drive, San Francisco.  There is a security guard in the parking lot.  Simply tell them you’re there … Continue reading Yoda Statue: Lucasfilm Headquarters, San Francisco

This Friday! National Public Gardens Day

This Friday, May 10th, is National Public Gardens Day.  To celebrate the event, Better Homes and Gardens magazine is offering readers a free admission coupon for two to visit participating public gardens, arboretums, and green spaces on this day.  Head on over to the Better Homes and Gardens National Public Gardens Day page… http://www.bhg.com/gardening/arboretums/celebrate-national-public-gardens-day/  … to find a participating garden near you and to download … Continue reading This Friday! National Public Gardens Day

Play! Blake Garden

Blake Garden in Kensington may be the best botanic garden in the Bay Area for nature play.  A favorite feature for my son is the Create-with-Nature Zone, which is stocked with sticks, rocks, flowers, and other nature items for kids to play and build with.  The second best feature here is the bamboo tunnel sculpture.  Next, fun at any garden or nature area… running around … Continue reading Play! Blake Garden

Lovely: Japanese Garden, Hayward

I consider the Japanese Garden in Hayward to be a bit of a hidden gem, as so few people seem to know about it.  Whenever I mention it, the response is usually, “There’s a Japanese garden in Hayward?!?”  Yes, there is, and a lovely one at that. Interested in going?  The garden is free, open daily 8:30am-4:00pm.  It’s located in Hayward at 22373 North Third … Continue reading Lovely: Japanese Garden, Hayward

The Living Roof: California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

We love to visit The Living Roof whenever we visit the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.  This paragraph from the Academy webpage states it best… “An open-air observation terrace enables visitors to get a close-up look at the roof’s lush canopy of plants. The view encompasses the densest concentration of native wildflowers in San Francisco. The expansive vista is also an ideal location … Continue reading The Living Roof: California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

Botanic Garden, Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley

Another place we love to visit in Tilden Regional Park is the Botanic Garden.  I enjoy experiencing the seasonal changes of this garden throughout the year.  These images are from our visit on Sunday, November 18th, 2012, on a quiet morning after two days of rain. Interested in going?  The Regional Parks Botanic Garden is located at the corner of Wildcat Canyon Road and South … Continue reading Botanic Garden, Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley

Create With Nature Zone, Blake Garden, Kensington

Take a child out into nature, and what are they naturally drawn to play with?  It’s pretty universal… sticks and rocks.  So this is the perfect playground for a child… an area filled with sticks and rocks, inviting the child to stack, build, and create.  Imaginations went wild this day.  In additional to the simple joys of stacking and weaving, a few of the items … Continue reading Create With Nature Zone, Blake Garden, Kensington

Butterfly Walk, Botanical Garden at UC Berkeley

I couldn’t resist this!  Butterfly walks are offered by Sally Levinson, aka Caterpillar Lady,  the 4th Tuesday of each month at the Botanical Garden at UC Berkeley, March through October.  The website said children were welcome, so we decided to check it out this month with friends from my Nature Time! playgroup. This was a fun walk.  We started with a visit with a walk … Continue reading Butterfly Walk, Botanical Garden at UC Berkeley

Plantosaurus Rex Exhibit, Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco

A visit to the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco has been on our to-do list for a couple months, ever since the Plantosaurus Rex:  Prehistoric Plants exhibit opened a couple months ago.  Our five-year-old son is still loving anything dinosaur-related, so a visit here was a must-do.  We were warned that the roaring of the dinosaurs in the exhibit room could be a bit … Continue reading Plantosaurus Rex Exhibit, Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco

Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco

What an incredible selection from the tropics.  Beautiful gardens, worth a visit! Interested in going?  The Conservatory of Flowers is located in Golden Gate Park, near other popular museums and destinations (California Academy of Sciences, de Young Museum).  For current admission fee and hours, visit the website… http://www.conservatoryofflowers.org/visit/hours.  This is an indoor museum, and, need I point out,  it’s hot and humid!  I highly suggest … Continue reading Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco

San Francisco Botanical Garden, Golden Gate Park

My husband, a 5th grade teacher, is now on vacation for the summer.  We celebrated the beginning of the season with a family trip to the San Francisco Botanical Garden, located in Golden Gate Park.  Neither my husband nor I had been here before, so we were excited to explore.  The second Tuesday of each month is free, so that’s when we went!  Note that … Continue reading San Francisco Botanical Garden, Golden Gate Park

Earthquake! And More… California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

For months, my son has been asking when the new Earthquake exhibit will be opening at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Well, it finally opened last weekend, so I took him on Tuesday. How was the exhibit? I thought it was great! First, visitors are shown a short movie about plate tectonics. Then we were moved into a room made to feel … Continue reading Earthquake! And More… California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

Nectar Garden Fun, Coyote Hills

Nectar Garden Fun Day As many of you already know, we’re in the process of creating a butterfly garden in our backyard.  So I couldn’t resist attending the Nectar Garden Fun Day with my son yesterday morning at Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont.  This is one of my favorite parks in the East Bay, with a boardwalk through the marsh, hills to climb, hiking … Continue reading Nectar Garden Fun, Coyote Hills

Learning About Bees: The Great Sunflower Project

We’ve been making progress in planting our butterfly garden, and now we’ve moved onto the next phase… bees! I’ve been researching citizen science programs that might be fun for me and my son to do together. I love the idea of being a citizen scientist, helping in our own way to assist real scientists by providing data collected from our own yard. The first one … Continue reading Learning About Bees: The Great Sunflower Project

The Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz

For Mother’s Day, I wanted to explore someplace new with my husband and our son.  I reviewed my “to-see” list, considered outings in the Marin Headlands and San Francisco, and decided, instead, that it would be a great day for a visit to The Arboretum at the University of California Santa Cruz.   And I’m so glad we did! The collections at The Arboretum are … Continue reading The Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz