Seeds, Leaves & Trees

Wednesday, December 17 our after school participants learned about seeds, leaves and trees of New York. We identified seeds. We learned about the two types of leaves – simple and compound and then put that knowledge to the test by identifying some leaves. Then we made pinecone ornaments while eating cookies and drinking punch. A few made leaf rubbings, too. I’m sorry you missed the class. There was lots of glitter!

Don’t forget the Snowshoe Hike on January 18 from 10:00am-12:00pm at the Hebron Nature Preserve. We will meet at the Porter Schoolhouse on Route 22 in Hebron. Free program open to all ages. Snowshoes are optional. Weather permitting.

Owl Moon walk will take place at the Preserve (South Grimes Hill Road) on February 15 from 6:00-8:00pm. Free program open to all ages. Snowshoes optional. Bring a flashlight. Weather permitting.

The next set of After School Discoveries will begin…….. 2015. The programs and dates have not been set yet.

Renovations Continue

The Museum continues to be closed for renovations to the ceiling. It looks like we might be getting our new case lighting installed too. Our projected date to reopen is Friday, December 26, but we will keep you informed. We are on a roll and it will get done!!! Thank you for your continued support.

 

2015 After-school Programs

If you have a theme or topic suggestion for an after-school program, please email me at pember_edu@roadrunner.com or call the museum at 642-1515. Here are a few suggestions I have received:

Climate change

Local naturalists

Conservation for kids

Poisonous animals

Owls

Animal myths

Deep Ocean

Perhaps we will be doing some science experiments. I don’t know yet, but I will keep you informed.

Put those thinking caps on!

Butterflies & Moths

Don’t forget our upcoming after-school program on Wednesday, December 3 from 3:30-4:30pm at the Museum. We will discover Butterflies & Moths followed by a butterfly suncatcher creation. This is a free public program open to children age 5 and older. Please call the museum to register your child if you have not participated in our group before. I only have space for 3 more children at this time.

12/3 - Stained Glass Butterflies

12/3 – Stained Glass Butterflies

Bird Eggs, Nests and Feathers

Don’t forget our upcoming after-school discovery program Bird Eggs, Nests and Feathers on Wednesday, November 19th from 3:30-4:30pm. We will explore the different bird nests, eggs and feathers. Following the program will be a Whimsical Bird magnet craft.

This is a free study group open to school-age children.

We learn, laugh and create.

If you haven’t attended our programs recently and would like to participate in this one, please give Bernie a call at the museum 518-642-1515.

Star Power

The next After-School Discovery Program at the Pember Museum is Stargazing on Wednesday, November 5 from 3:30-4:30pm. There will be a slide presentation with a handout of a sky map and a glow-in-the-dark constellation map. Following the program will be a star mobile craft.

IF you have not attended our after school programs recently, please call the museum at 518-642-1515 to reserve a spot for your child. Otherwise, there will not be a craft kit available. Thank you.

 

Bat Crazzzzzzzzzzzzzy!

On October 22, the Pember’s after-school discovery program featured Nocturnal Animals with a live hedgehog and animal specimens for the touching. We learned many new facts about our creatures of the night. Following the program the participants were able to create their own flying bat and enjoy Halloween treats.

If you missed this program, join us on November 5 from 3:30 to 4:30pm for a slide presentation on Star Gazing. There will be a craft following the program. This is a free public program open to all school-age children.

Nocturnal Animals

Just a reminder to join us at the Pember Museum for a program on Nocturnal Animals which will include a museum search, hands-on specimens, a live hedgehog and a bat craft following.

Date: Wednesday, October 22

Time: 3:30 – 4:30pm

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.

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