Flower Power!

We are sorry you missed this great program on Wildflowers of New York. We investigated flower shapes and put our knowledge to the test by viewing slides of flowers, identifying their shape and looking up their information in the flower guide. It was easy, fun and educational! Our sole attendee shared his knowledge of flowers and he’s only six years old. What a smart young man. We created flowers using pre-cut shapes, beads and colored wire. What do you think of his bouquet? Simply wonderful, I say.

If you missed this class, the next after school discovery program is October 8 from 3:30 to 4:30pm and the study will be on Seashore Life with a seashell craft. See you then!

Passenger Pigeon Exhibit

September 1, 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the passing of the world’s last Passenger Pigeon, Martha. Our exhibit has been in place since May but we’ve just added some large museum panels which were donated by Gisele Zeitler. A male and female Passenger Pigeon with eggs sit in a white display case. The poster inside is done by artist Owen Gromme and courtesy of Bud Gussel of Holiday Wholesale located in Wisconsin Dells, WI. There is an abundance of information out there on this species and one only needs to “Google” it. However, the Pember Museum actually has taxidermy mounts and eggs of this forgotten species. Perhaps only 1500 skins and mounts exist worldwide. The museum has free admission. We operate on generous donations by our patrons and grants from various foundations. Please come out and support this premier natural history museum and learn about a species that once darkened the sky for days.

Here’s a few photos.

Engage, Enrich & Inspire

after school artThe Pember’s Fall 2014 After School Program - Engage, Enrich & Inspire will begin Wednesday, September 10th in the Pember Museum from 3:30-4:30pm. The program is free to school age children. Each program will offer nature studies followed by inspirational art. Registration is not required but would be appreciated to insure we have plenty of supplies. For more information, contact Bernie at the museum 642-1515. The schedule is as follows:

September 10 – Animal Habitats with create a Critter’s Habitat & Animal Tracks

September 24 – Wildflowers of New York with Paper Flowers

October 8 – Seashore Life with Sea Life creations

October 22 – Nocturnal Animals with Create a Bat

November 5 – Stargazing with Glow-in-the-dark Star Map. Includes a slideshow

November 19 – Bird Eggs, Nests & Feathers with create a Whimsical Bird Pin

December 3 – Butterflies & Moths with Stained Glass Butterflies

December 17 – Leaves, Seeds & Trees of New York with Leaf Rubbing Plaques & Pinecone Ornaments

The schedule is subject to change.

Assistant Needed

The Museum Educator is seeking a volunteer research assistant for collecting data on the Pember’s educational collection. The job entails neat handwriting (printing, no “text speak” or abbreviations, good spelling a must), the ability to walk up two flights of stairs to the museum and then another to the attic storage room, and the ability to work with minimal supervision. This is simple work like opening a cabinet, logging in or checking off specific skulls and writing down their numbers or inventorying a set of plaster tracks or items stored in specific drawers or kits. Most items have tags but there will be a few mysteries that will need to be solved.

The hours will be Tuesday through Thursday scheduled on a day or days of your choice preferably in the morning, but afternoons will be okay, too.

This is an unpaid volunteer position.

If you are interested in making a difference, stop by the museum to talk with Bernie and complete a volunteer form Tuesday-Thursday 1-5pm this week. Note that Bernie will be out on vacation from August 8-19.

Annual Auction

All auction items are in and ready for bidding beginning when the Library and Museum opens tomorrow at 10:00am. The Social doesn’t begin until 4:00pm, but don’t wait to bid. Come in early before the crowd and bid on your favorite items. There is a huge variety  and you can see them on the event page under the calendar section.


Around the World with Hudson Falls

The Pember Museum presented a couple programs to third graders at the Hudson Falls Primary School in Hudson Falls, NY on Tuesday, May 13th. Animals presented were Moose, Red Fox, Grey Fox, American Alligator, North Chinese Leopard, Red Kangaroo and a live Yellow-naped Amazon Parrot. The children knew some of the facts presented and it was exciting to see their eager faces to learn. Touching and exploring was a big hit too. However, Barnyard the Parrot was an even bigger hit than the touchable specimens. She delighted everyone!

The Pember thanks HFPS for inviting us to their school.

It should be noted that the specimen North Chinese Leopard is on personal loan to Pember Educator Bernadette Hoffman by the owner of Flag Acres Zoo. It was a zoo animal and when it died of old age, the owners wanted to honor it by using the pelt and skull for educational programs. Although the owners of the zoo retired, Bernadette has been granted use of the artifact for her wildlife programs.


Weasels & Skunks

May 7th was the discovery program Weasels & Skunks at the Pember Museum. We enjoyed an informative slide presentation focusing on the Mustelidae and Mephitidae Family. I think what was more enjoyable was watching the children explore antique mink garments. Following the slideshow was Pansy, the ferret. Pansy had to reside in a carrier because she kept escaping the pop-up cage I brought in for her. Yes, she could squeeze through 2 inch bars. Well, of course…she’s in the weasel family and those guys are cunning! The children had a great time, as did the adults.

Antlers & Horns Program

On Wednesday, April 23 the Museum featured an after school discovery on animals with Antlers & Horns. All the animal artifacts were from educator Bernie’s collection. There were many items to touch and explore. The children did a fantastic job at the Shadow Know-how game and finished with fun museum search. Following the program the children were able to feed sunflower seeds to Barnyard while she sat perched on Bernie’s shoulder. The Museum has many taxidermy animals with antlers or horns. Come visit us to see!

(click on the photo to enlarge)

Volunteers Needed

Although the Museum has some volunteers, it isn’t nearly enough for coverage at the museum on Fridays and Saturdays. Museum experience is not necessary. If you’re an honest person, willing to donate 4 or 5 hours a month by sitting, greeting, answering, and calculating…then we need you. The work is not difficult but it is important. It’s turning on the lights and making sure they are all turned off before exiting the building. You greet people as they enter the museum, give them a 2 minute brief of the museum (already written) and log them in on the attendance sheet. It’s answering the phone and taking messages. It’s attending to the gift shop by selling items to our visitors. It’s being honest enough not to steal the mere pittance we take in the gift shop.  There is library staff downstairs ready to answer your questions, should you have a problem. There’s a check list for our volunteers so you don’t have to memorize the location of the light switches. It’s making sure food and drinks are not brought into the museum and that children act accordingly. It’s allowing Lucy the Library Cat to come and sit in your lap. Sometimes there are many visitors (over 20) and sometimes there might be no one. But you never know when there might be a visitor and therefore we need coverage. Bernie is only part-time working Tues-Thurs which is why we need volunteers for those Fridays and Saturdays. Friday hours are 1-5pm and Saturday 10am-3pm.

If you are able to donate your time, please call the museum and talk to Bernie at 642-1515 or stop by to pick up a volunteer form.


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