2020 Wildlife Safari

Join us for our Wildlife Safari after-school programs open to children age 6 and older beginning in January on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month until June 10 from 3:30-4:30pm in the Pember Library. Parent or guardian should be present in case your child needs assistance with the craft. We’ll be learning about African animals, playing an educational “Wildlife Safari” card game, and creating animal cutouts which will fit in a star carousal book made by each child. Star books will be put together at the last class and animal cutouts will stay at the museum in a personal folder unless the child ceases to attend the programs. This way they won’t get lost or forgotten at home. Class size is limited to 10 but might be expanded should there be interest. Registration is required a week in advance of each program by calling the museum at 518-642-1515. If you register, please show up unless extenuating circumstances occur. As of 12/5/2019 we have 8 registrants!

January 8, 22
February 12, 26
March 11, 25
April 8, 22
May 13, 27
June 10


Printmaking Art with the Hyde – Cancelled

This workshop was cancelled due to not having enough registrations by the required deadline. It has been rescheduled for Monday, April 13, 2020.

Join us in the Library for an active moving, looking and creating activity with the Hyde Collection. Participants will create a fun printmaking artwork that is inspired by the exhibition Picasso, Braque and Leger which opened on October 6 at the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls.

This is a free workshop open to the whole family with children age 6 and older. Of course, adults are welcome.

Registration is required no later than November 12. Call the Museum at 518-642-1515 or Library at 518-642-2525. Space is limited to 25 participants.

Keri Dudek is the Assistant Educator at The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, NY. Her responsibilities include developing and instructing relevant education programming which explores a variety of artistic, cultural and intellectual perspectives to all levels of learning. Dudek conducts family programs such as Artful Afternoons, Tour for Tots, Art Crawl and Art Lab. She coordinates Here and Now programs which are designed for participants with Alzheimer’s, dementia or stroke related challenges. The museum offers visitors a self-guided Discovery Kit and Gallery Guides which Dudek creates for the rotating special exhibitions. She is actively pursuing ways The Hyde Collection can provide a more inclusive and accessible learning environment to all visitors. She paints between folding loads of laundry and lives in Saratoga Springs, NY with her husband and three children.

The Hyde Collection
The Hyde Collection Trust was founded in 1952 by Charlotte Pruyn Hyde, a Gilded Age collector who shared her art collection and home with the public. The Museum opened in 1963, after her death. The Hyde’s core collection, acquired by Mrs. Hyde and her husband, Louis, includes works by such artists as Sandro Botticelli, El Greco, Rembrandt, Peter Paul Rubens, Edgar Degas, Georges Seurat, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, Pablo Picasso, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, as well as American artists Thomas Eakins, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, and James McNeill Whistler. The Museum’s collection of Modern and Contemporary art features works by artists including Josef Albers, Dorothy Dehner, Sam Gilliam, Adolph Gottlieb, Grace Hartigan, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt, George McNeil, Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg, and Bridget Riley. Today, the Museum includes the historic house and a modern wing with five galleries, and innovative programming to inspire with art.

Photo: Fernand Léger (French 1881-1955), Fêtes de la Faim, (Day of Hunger) 1949, lithograph in black with three colors, 13 x 9 5/8 in., Anonymous Loan. © Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York

Fall After School Programs

Nature Art continues to the end of the year.

Registration Required – 518) 642-1515
Class size limited to 15 – age 6 & older

9/11 Flowers                                Register by 9/6
9/25 Seeds & Beans                                       9/20
10/9 Fall Leaves                                             10/4
10/23 Pinecones                                            10/18
11/6 Corn Husks                                            11/1
11/20 Rain                                                     11/15
12/4 Acorns                                                   11/29
12/18 Snowflakes                                           12/13

Summer Nature Programs

UNPLUG and join us at the Pember Nature Preserve

Summer & Fall Nature Programs
6937 State Route 22, Granville (Hebron)
10:00a.m. – 11:30a.m.

Reservations required no later than 2 days before the program by calling 518-642-1515.
Open to all ages. No cost but donations are welcome.

Date Program Craft
July 14 Wildflowers Walk – Stroll, search & identify. Why are wildflowers important? Flower Press & Dried Flowers Picture
July 28 Cool Beans – Discover the Legume family Seeds & Beans Mosaic
Aug. 11 Forests Forever Walk – Discover the different pine trees Plant a Tree (to take home)
Aug. 25 Nature Journaling Walk – Stroll, look & listen. Learn about invasive species. Journal
Sept. 8 Nature’s Treasures Walk – Stroll, look, listen and collect treasures Treasure Box
Sept. 22 Fall Leaves Walk – Stroll and identify changing leaves & learn why they change. Pressed Leaf Coaster
Oct. 13 Ecology / Climate – Learn about what’s happening to our  environment and animals Wooden Snake
Oct. 27 Edible & Ornamental Plants – Discover plants you can eat and which ones just look good. Halloween Gourd

Call 642-1515 for information & registration

Workshops Cancelled

Due to lack of registrants the following Spring Break Workshops have been cancelled:

4/24 – Photosynthesis

4/26 – Snake Craft

HOWEVER, the LIVE REPTILES with John Dolyak will still be here, so don’t miss it… Friday, 4/26 at 10am!!

After-school Nature’s Art

Our after-school programs begin Wednesday, February 13 from 3:30-4:30pm and will run bi-weekly through June 5th. We are featuring nature’s art and there will be a little education with a lot of art using Flowers, Seeds & Beans, Trees, Corn Husks, Shells, Pinecones, Fossils/Artifacts, Stones and Gourds. Registration is required one week in advance of each program. For instance, deadline to register your child for the February 13th opener is February 6th.

Space for our class is being limited to 8 students age 6 & older. You may chance to walk-in but please know that there may not be space. Call Bernie at 518-642-1515 or email to Pember_edu@roadrunner.com.

Dates for classes are: 2/13, 2/27, 3/13, 3/27, 4/10, 4/24, 5/8, 5/22, 6/5.

2/13     Flowers                  2/27      Seeds & Beans
3/13     Trees                      3/27      Corn Husks
4/10     Shells                     4/24      Pinecones
5/8       Fossils/Artifacts      5/22      Stones
6/5       Gourds

Upcoming Programs at Museum & Preserve

After-School Programs – Nature’s Art

Our after-school programs begin Wednesday, February 13 from 3:30-4:30pm and will run bi-weekly through June 5th. We are featuring nature’s art and there will be a little education with a lot of art using Flowers, Seeds, Beans, Trees, Gourds, Shells, Pinecones, Fossils, Corn Husks, and Stones. Registration is required one week in advance of each program. For instance, deadline to register your child for the February 13th opener is February 6th. Space for our class is being limited to 8 students ages 6 & older. You may chance to walk-in but please know that there may not be space. Call Bernie at 518-642-1515 or email to Pember_edu@roadrunner.com. Dates for classes are: 2/13, 2/27, 3/13, 3/27, 4/10, 4/24, 5/8, 5/22, 6/5.

Spring Break

Monday, April 22 – 9:30-11:30am – Bird’s Nest Hike at the Nature Preserve
Meet at the Porter Schoolhouse to learn about bird’s nests and then go on a hike in search of nests to photograph and identify, if possible. We will be making chocolate nests with eggs to take home. Ages 5 and older. Registration required by April 19th. 

Tuesday, April 23 – 10:00-11:00 – Flower Power/Here Comes the Sun
Meet in the library for a program on flowers and the sun while making a sun-catcher using real dried pressed flowers. A parent or guardian will need to be present to assist younger children. Ages 5 and older. Registration required by April 20th.

Wednesday, April 24 – 10:00-11:00 – Photosynthesis
Meet in the library for a program on photosynthesis and all about leaves. Don’t worry, it’s not that hard. The art project will be creating a clear leaf coaster. Ages 5 and older. A parent or guardian will need to be present to assist younger children. Registration required by April 20th.

Friday, April 26 10:00-10:30 – Live Reptiles & More!
Meet in the library for a 30 minute program featuring John Dolyak and his live reptiles. This is a free event open to all ages interested in learning about, but not limited to the Bearded Dragon, Crested Gecko, New Caledonian Giant Gecko, African Toad, Strawberry Hermit Crab, Snow White Crayfish and European Land Snails. Registration is not required but seating is limited. The program starts promptly at 10am, so arrive early.

John M. Dolyak has been an independent reptile educator for 14 years providing programs for Granville High School, FFA, and other organizations. John’s passion for wildlife turned toward reptiles, birds and the less popular, unusual species. “I think the animals that are less appreciated and/or feared are the animals I research the most.”  Educators, conservationists, and television personalities like Steve Irwin gave John the passion for the most dangerous animals. They are the ones that should be respected and are the animals that people most fear. John feels it’s his job to share the benefits and importance of these exotic species.

Friday, April 26 10:30-11:30 – Snake Craft
Following the reptile program will be a wooden snake craft to paint. Ages 5 and older. A parent or guardian will need to be present to assist younger children. Registration for the craft is required by April 20th. Space for the craft is limited.

After-school Fall 2018



The Museum after-school programs begin September 26 and will run through December 19. The class starts at 3:30pm. There will be a video, worksheets, hands-on projects & crafts. The programs will be held in the library and are open to children age 6 and older.

Registration is required by calling the museum at 518-642-1515 no later than the Saturday before the program. Come join us!

Sept 26 Reptiles
A 30-minute video reveals the alien world of these misunderstood cold-blooded vertebrates, uncovering reptilian facts that are stranger than fiction. From hot, steamy swamps to dry-as-bone deserts, travel the world in search of these amazing animals. Worksheet, activity sheets and a turtle yarn craft will be included.


Oct 3 Seas & Oceans
Visit the alien world of the deep and the creatures that live there: fish, invertebrates, corals, mammals, plants, and more. 30-minute video, activity sheets and hands-on project.


Oct 10 Weather
What’s most deadly—lightning, wind, or hail? A 30-minute video will take you on a whirlwind tour of Earth’s turbulent atmosphere and reveals the forces that make the day fair or foul. From hurricanes to heat waves, weather is the most closely watched wild card in nature—yet it can still baffle us every day. Activity sheets and fall leaf craft will follow.


10/17 Rocks & Minerals
Which world-famous rock came from outer space? Why were rubies once known as bloodstones? Rock and Mineral shatters the stone’s reputation for “rock-solid” performance. Discover how rocks keep a constantly changing record of our planet’s fascinating history, and see how minerals are at the very core of our civilization in a 30-minute video. A worksheet, activity sheets and a hands-on project will be included.







10/24 Skeletons
Discover the story of human and animal skeletons—their evolution, structure, and function with a 30-minute video and real animal x-rays. There will be activity sheets and a craft just in time for Halloween.

10/31 Lifecycle of a Pumpkin
Short video, discussion, activity sheets and a pumpkin craft.

11/7 Birds
What do bird songs actually mean? How does an owl catch its prey in the dark? A 30-minute Bird video takes an up-close look at the staggering range of sizes, shapes, and habitats of these feathered creatures. It connects modern birds to a distant dinosaur past. Activity sheets & birds & beaks game will be included.


11/14 Mammals
What incredible talent do dolphins and bats share? How can you tell which is the oldest elephant in a herd? A 30-minute video reveals the most amazing facts and folklore about our favorite furry animals. Towering or tiny, ferocious or friendly, mammals trot, hop, swim, and soar. Meet the creatures that make up this huge and varied family. There will be activity sheets & animal bingo.

11/28 Planets
The final frontier. Since we first walked the Earth we have gazed in wonder at the night skies and searched for our place in the Universe. Come travel through our solar system with a 30-minute video, activity sheets & star clock craft.

12/5, 12, 19 Christmas STEM Challenges
5 Christmas challenges for you to design, create, predict and test your creations.

December 5th – Oh my goodness! We had so much fun at this class. We created a 3D Christmas Tree as we ate cookies. For our STEM Challenge we designed and created a snowball catapult.

December 12th – Another STEM challenge…. Christmas tree made with 5 sheets of newspapers & tape. Participants were able to fold, tear, bend, roll or crumple their newspapers. The tree had to stand for at least 30 seconds. Needless to say, they stood for hours following and were still standing on a library table the following day. The 2nd challenge was making a tree out of candy canes. There were cookies, of course, and pinecone ornaments to create. Here are some photos:

September/October Nature Preserve Programs

Pember Nature Preserve Programs
6937 NY 22, Hebron

Programs start when you arrive! Most are typically an hour-long and the last one starts at 2:00pm. Hands-on activities are included in each program. The facility will be open from 11:00am to 3:00pm for visitors.

Sept 9, 11:00am – 2:00pm – Mammals
Stop in to discover Endothermal vs. Ectothermal and which one defines a mammal. What mammals are dwelling at the Preserve? When one animal populates an area, what other animal helps keep this mammal under control? What are the benefits of harvesting predator vs. prey? What happens if one animal stays or another leaves?

Sept 16, 11:00am – 2:00pm – Climate Change
Our environment is trying to tell us something, whether it is global warming or another transition or Earth shouting out and asking for help. What are the signs of a good eco-system? Come learn about Climate Change and what we can do to help protect our planet.

Saturday, Sept 22, 10:00am – 12:00pm – Tree Talk & Walk
There is a lot of diversity amongst the canopy, is it a conifer or deciduous tree? Leaves are changing and trees are going to rest as fall approaches. From Birch to Butternut, we’ll explore the area of the West Trail. Wear your comfy shoes and long pants. Meet at South Grimes Hill Road entrance.

Sept 23, 11:00am – 2:00pm – Turning Leaves
Our season is changing to fall. Learn about the ways a plant goes dormant to learning why the leaves change when they do. Explore the resources of certain species of trees. Learn to identify the leaves in your own backyard.

Sept 30, 11:00am – 2:00pm – Wings, Migration & Hibernation
What’s happening in the woods and around our homes? What are the animals doing to get ready for the colder season? We’ll explore and touch wings! From flightless birds to soaring birds, come discover the ways and means of how birds migrate.

Oct 7, 11:00am – 2:00pm – Hibernation, continued (last program)
What’s happening in the woods and around our homes? What are the animals doing to get ready for the colder season?

Programs are free * Donations are welcomed
For more information, contact the museum at 518-642-1515.

August Programs at the Preserve

Pember Nature Preserve Programs
6937 NY 22, Hebron (Porter Schoolhouse)

Programs start when you arrive on Sundays! Most are typically an hour-long and the last one starts at 2:00pm. Hands-on activities are included in each program. The facility will be open from 11:00am to 3:00pm for visitors.

Aug 5, 11:00am – 2:00pm – Marshes
Come learn about the benefits of a marsh ecosystem. Did you know that some organisms live primarily on decaying vegetation? A hands-on activity will be included. There are several types of wetlands: swamps, marshes, bogs, and fens. Beth will be teaching the benefits of our ecosystem & what may look like a rotting log to some, mushy, decaying and dark. A Bog is an essential part of our wetlands as it promotes growth, food and homes for many of our microorganisms and many of our aquatic animals reside near the bogs. Marshes are similar and within the swamp you will learn the differences of each. Then grab a map and take a hike on our trails to discover microorganisms along the way.

Aug 12, 11:00am – 2:00pm – Geology Rocks
Get out from under that rock and stop by to explore what’s on the floor. Did you know the glaciers came through Hebron NY and up through the valley? The ledges on the trails tell a story and the natural history of our area is an ecologically balanced and complex piece of the puzzle. Throughout history the moving and shaping of earth has transformed many wonders that continue to be researched.  A craft activity will follow the program.

SATURDAY Aug 18, 10:00am – 12:00pm – Butterflies & Beetles Hike
Join the Pember for a Butterflies & Beetles guided hike for all ages. We’ll explore both species and discuss our responsibilities for these migrating insects. We’ll look up and lift rocks and logs. Let’s discover what’s happening when these important species need to adapt to our climate change.

Our “Winged Migration” is not only birds but many animals in the classification called the “Kingdom.” Let’s discover why each species flies to its geographic location.

How can we do our part to keep our natural world healthy?

Aug 19, 11:00am – 2:00pm – Tracks & Trails
Beth will share ways of identifying prints left in dirt or soil and identifying scat. Discover what’s travelling the trails during the night. A game camera is going to be on the trails and there will be a presentation of the findings.

From size, shape, color, traces or markings, animals come in all shapes and sizes. Explore the unusual ways of how Mammals poop. Know a Turkey scrap to a buck rub, to a snail’s crawl and a foxes call. There are so many ways to figure out who’s in your backyard by what the animal has left behind. Walk the Nature trails and discover who or what was in the path. A hands-on activity will be included in the program.

Aug 26, 11:00am – 2:00pm – Reptiles & Amphibians
Come discover and learn the important role these slithery and slimy creatures have in our region. Why does the Red-Eft/Newt return to its original birthplace and why do turtles travel when they do? Stop by and learn the differences of a turtle to a tortoise and a snake to a salamander. Discover the unique characteristics and differences. Herpetofauna is the study of Reptiles and Amphibians. Although some are similar, what makes them connect to water, marshes or bogs or all of them?

Programs are free
Donations are welcomed

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