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.

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