OF MUD, MARSHES AND WATER . . . Learn more about our baylands through three different Palo Alto Recreation nature hikes. On Nov. 16, city naturalist Deborah Bartens will give a tour of the Emily Renzel Wetlands and explain how marshes are restored and created. Meet at the Municipal Services Center parking lot at 3201 East Bayshore Road at 9:30 a.m. At 10 a.m. on Nov. 23, Bartens will tell you whether the water in the bay is the same water the dinosaurs drank. You can make water flow through towns and creeks in this one-hour workshop for families at the Baylands Nature Center. Registration is required. Call 329-2382. And thirdly, investigate "Mysteries of the Mud," on Sunday, Dec. 21, at 10 a.m. Learn why the slimy stuff is valuable and what lives in the ooze. The one-hour workshop takes place at the Baylands Nature Center. Registration is required. All events are free. The Baylands Nature Preserve is at the east end of Embarcadero Road.
BIG PERSPECTIVE . . . The Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo has a new exhibit on perspective called "Big." Kids can climb through the keyhole of a giant door, tower over a city and crawl through a giant worm hole populated with burrowing yellow jackets and ants. The exhibit opened Sept. 28 and will run for a year. The museum is located at 1451 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto. The exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, call 329-2111.
JURASSIC DINOSAURS . . . The California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park has turned an exhibit hall into the island where dangerous dinosaurs ruled in the movie "Jurassic Park." Tyrannasaurus rex, Velociraptor, Brachiosaurus and other dinosaurs roam the exhibit hall, which features props from the movie, fossils, skeletons and other scientific information about dinosaurs, and displays about the difference between Hollywood's version of life 150 to 200 million years ago and what really happened. The exhibit runs through Jan. 5. Admission is $1 in addition to general admission to the academy, which costs $7 for adults, $4 for ages 12 to 17, students and seniors, $1.50 for children 6 o 11 and nothing for children under 5. The academy is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. For recorded information, call 750-7145.
OUTSIDE INFO . . . If you've been sitting in front of the computer too long surfing the 'Net and you need to get outside, go to the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District's web site, located at http://www.openspace.org, and find maps of each park or preserve, and descriptions of each one. Any section can be downloaded, and the site can be viewed using either Windows or a text-only program. The site also has news releases, photos of district lands, schedules of walks and hikes, trail regulations, updated trail conditions, and links to other land and environmental organizations.
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