Dinosaurs, saber-tooth tigers, woolly mammoths! Who wants to study some natural history with us? Madison, age six, is a travel journalist touring 100 cities in 50 countries with her full-time traveling family and this week, she’s in San Diego California, where she is invited behind-the-scenes of San Diego’s famous Natural History Museum with Chris, a paleontologist.
The day is warm and Spring is in full swing here in California. The cherry blossoms are at their peak and so are the crowds of families visiting the destination city of San Diego on Southernmost tip of California’s sparking coastline.
No stop to the city of San Diego is complete without a day of exploring Balboa Park, the 1,200-acre urban park in the middle of the city. It has gorgeous open space areas, beautiful natural vegetation zones including green belts, stunning rose and friendship gardens, and clean walking paths. Oh, and then there’s 26 arts, science, and culture institutions as well, and a handful of theaters. Finally, the San Diego Zoo, known to be one of the best zoos in the world.
One more thing: Balboa Park is close to DOUBLE the size of New York City’s Central Park in Manhattan, which is 842 acres. There is so much to do here, but we picked a few key places to really explore deeply for Adventure Family Journal.
The first one is the San Diego Museum of Natural History. The locals lovingly call it The NAT. It’s home to four floors of exhibitions, a 3D theater, and a collection of 9 million specimens. Oh yes, that is a MUST for kids!
Little Madison is covering World Sciences as a travel journalist in her trip around the world and she has some insanely amazing experiences lined up in different cities, so you don’t want to miss out on her videos. (Subscribe to Adventure Family Journal and watch with your kids)!
She is learning this year about the different kinds of sciences, and here are a few of them you can look forward to videos about:
- Working with an agronomist, who studies soil and crops.
- Working with an astronomer, who studies stars, planets and galaxies. (LOS ANGELES – coming up NEXT!)
- Working with a botanist who learns about plants. (VANCOUVER – coming up soon!
- Working with an ethologist studies animal behavior.
- Working with a geneticist studies how traits are inherited.
- Working with a geologist, who specializes in the history of Earth. (SEATTLE – coming up soon!)
- Working with a geographer, who studies Earth’s surface.
- Working with a marine biologist, who studies ocean plants and animals. (SAN FRANCISCO – coming up soon!)
- Working with an meteorologist, who studies weather and climate change.
- Working with a microbiologist, who studies microscopic plants and animals.
- Working with a paleontologist, who studies fossils (THIS ONE IS FOR TODAY!!!)
- Working with a seismologist, who studies earthquakes and their affects. (COSTA RICA)
Watch the video to see what Madison discovered about fossils and natural history. And be sure to share with your friends!