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.

Science Festival

The Pember Museum is all for posting events at other museums. There will be a 3-day Science Festival at the Museum of Innovation & Science in Schenectady on November 7-9. The museum’s educator, Bernie, will be there on Saturday, November 8 with her exotic animals and specimens from around the world. There will be lots of activities during this event. For more information visit.

http://www.misci.org

 

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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.

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.

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