African Discoveries

The African Wild program yesterday at the Pember Museum was adventurous! There was a great selection of discovery items like Zebra, Blue Wildebeest, Springbok, Camel, Aoudad, and Crested Porcupine. Joining the adventure was Henry, an African Pygmy Hedgehog who is 2-1/2 years old. The children were thrilled to learn about the hedgehog. Everyone got to take home a hedgehog quill as Henry will shed them from time to time. African animals coloring pages were also handed out. One 5 year old participant asked “Why are you teaching us stuff we already know?” I, Miss Bernie, just about fell out of my seat because who knew these young children were so knowledgeable when it came to animals? “Engage and Enrich” is what The Pember is all about and I believe these children enrich my life too!


African Wild

Don’t forget about the After School Discovery Program on Wednesday, Feb. 26 from 4:00-5:00pm. The African Wild will be the focus with a discussion, museum search and cool animal artifacts like Wildebeest, Zebra and Springbok, to name a few. Oh yeah, Henry Hedgehog will be there too! Come on in from the cold and learn about some awesome African animals. This is a free public program open to children of all ages.

African Afterschool

Sun Catchin’

Surprisingly there were only three children which attended our free winter break program on suncatchers and mobiles. However, those three had a good time creating beautiful designs to hang in their windows and from the ceiling. We are sorry if you missed out, but maybe next time. Miss Bernie forgot to take photos of the children’s creation as she was talking with the moms, but here are a few shots taken while they worked.

Artists Among Us

Today at the Pember Library and Museum, we offered a Slate Painting and Decoupage workshop for any child age 5 and older. There were seven attendees and one Museum volunteer. Most were more interested in painting on their slate plaque but two wanted a decoupage creation. Here are their beautiful creations.

Catch the Sun!

There is still time to register your child  for the Butterfly Suncatcher or 3D Mobile programs tomorrow at the Pember Library & Museum from 11:30am to 1:00pm. Children age 4 and older will have a chance to create a cool window hanging by coloring and adding beads. This is a simple program to occupy your child’s mind while on school break. Come and join us. Call the museum at 642-1515.

Butterfly Suncatcher 2/20

Butterfly Suncatcher 2/20

3D Mobile 2/20

3D Mobile 2/20

Owl Recap

Thanks to everyone who joined me, Miss Bernie, on the Owl Prowl at the Hebron Nature Preserve last night. We were fortunate that there wasn’t any wind as predicted therefore making the walk pleasant. However, with over two feet of snow on the ground, it was extremely difficult to maneuver through the snow even with snowshoes. We sunk in at least a foot with every step. The thighs really got a workout! We ventured out to the observation deck and then into the old woods but didn’t hear any owls. Perhaps they were smart staying warm in their nests. The air was chilly, but that didn’t stop us from investigating every track. Most were rabbit and a few deer. The walk back was easier since we had already packed the snow down. Should this happen next year, we will either pack the trail before the walk or cancel the event.

Don’t forget to register for the winter break activities at the museum this week. Registration is not necessary for the chinchilla and story time tomorrow from 12-1pm. However, registrations for Wednesday and Thursday workshops must be in to us by 5pm tomorrow. Walk-ins will only be accepted if the class already has registrants. Currently, there are no registrants for the Butterfly Suncatcher and 3D Mobile workshop on Thursday. I’ll post an update Tuesday evening as to whether or not there will be a Thursday workshop.

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Owl Walk is On!

The Owl walk scheduled for tonight is on! Meet at the South Grimes Hill Road entrance to the Hebron Nature Preserve at 6pm. Owl wings, talons and calls will be presented before the walk. There is over 2 feet of snow, so snowshoes will be a must to maneuver through the trails. I have one extra pair – 22″ for adults up to 165lbs. Please dress accordingly as it’s predicted to be windy. We are looking forward to possibly hearing some owls talking. Come to join us!

All About Cats

All About Cats was our After School Discovery Program yesterday at the Pember Library and Museum. Children enjoyed a slideshow on Wild Cats of the World. Most children are only familiar with the lion, tiger, leopard and cheetah. The slide presentation showed them that there are many wild cats from small to large. Following the show was a group quiz session and then we ventured around the museum discovering the felines in Pember’s collection. Animal specimens were presented for touching and not just the common Bobcat. There was a Canada Lynx pelt, North Chinese Leopard pelt and skull, Tiger skull and Snow Leopard skull. The Bobcat pelt is part of the museum’s educational collection. The Lynx pelt belongs to Miss Bernie while the endangered species were on loan.

I was going to change the time back to 3:30pm but talked it over with a few attendees and we are leaving it at 4:00pm. Sorry for the confusion if you have already read this once.

Our NEXT Discovery Program is Wednesday, February 26 from 4:00-5:00pm on The African Wild. Discover some cool animals around the museum and Henry Hedgehog will be visiting.

Winter Break Activities!

WINTER BREAK ACTIVITIES are two weeks away. Come join us at the Pember Library & Museum and the Hebron Nature Preserve for school break activities.

The week begins with an Owl Moon Walk at the Hebron Nature Preserve on Sunday, February 16th from 6:00-8:00pm. We will be meeting at the South Grimes Hill Road (in Hebron) entrance to the Preserve. There will be owl wings and talons for the touching and hoots for the listening before we begin our walk across the bridge and down the West Trail. In previous years we have had a group of as many as 20 and as few as 2. Whether a first timer or veteran, this event is a Hoot! Sometimes we hear the owls talking and sometimes we only hear ourselves. The event is free and open to anyone that is able to walk a trail in the dark. Flashlights are necessary unless we get a clear sky & full moon. We will be just coming out of a full moon that evening. Fingers crossed for a windless clear sky. Bitter cold or poor road conditions will cancel this event. I will post the day of the event.

Tuesday, February 18th from 12:00-1:00pm will be a live Chinchilla event. Come to the Museum and meet Muffin the Chinchilla and listen to a story. This is a free event for all ages!

Wednesday, February 19th from 11:30am – 1:00pm will be Slate Painting & Decoupage in the Library. Since I have only six 8×10 and six 5×9 slate pieces, we will draw names to decide who gets which size in order of fairness.There is no fee, but we’ll gladly accept donations.  Pre-registration is required as there are only 12 seats for this activity.

Thursday, February 20th from 11:30am – 1:00pm will be Butterfly Suncatchers & 3D Mobiles in the Library. There are 11 seats available for the Butterfly Suncatchers and 11 seats available for the 3D Mobiles. Participants can enroll for one or the other but not both. Pre-registration is required to reserve your child’s seat. Suncatchers will be pre-strung for the child to color and add beads. 3D Mobiles will be partially assembled to allow the child to color and decide on placement of accompanied pieces. They will also be pre-strung. There is no fee for this class, but we will accept donations.

What is Pre-registration? Please call the museum at 642-1515 and speak to Bernadette, leave a message with the museum volunteer or on the answering machine with the following information. Program, Name & Age of Child, Name & Telephone Number of Parent or Contact Person. You may also reserve seating by emailing Bernadette at Since the class sizes are limited, it is recommended that you reserve in advance. Walk-ins will be accepted if seats are open.

For questions, please do not hesitate to contact Bernadette. We are looking forward to a FUN WINTER BREAK!


Adirondack Animals in Whitehall, NY

The Pember Museum presented a program on Adirondack Animals at the Whitehall Library this morning. Featured animals were the Red Fox, Grey Fox, Striped Skunk, American Black Bear, Red-tailed Hawk, Great Horned Owl, Snowshoe Hare, Bobcat and Fisher. There were mounts for viewing and pelts, skulls and wings for the touching. I believe that the children had a good time and learned a few new things about our wildlife. I was also very impressed with their knowledge!

The Pember will be back in Whitehall at the elementary school on June 5th for a presentation to grades K-2.