Upcoming Programs at Museum & Preserve

Sunday, January 27 – 6-8pm – Owl Talk & Walk
Join Pember staff at the Porter Schoolhouse entrance to the Pember Nature Preserve at 6:00pm for a talk on Owls. There will be specimens for viewing, wings and talons for touching along with owl calls. Discover the differences between hawks and owls. Following you will venture down the trails in search of owl calls.

We are hoping the moon will shine brightly but you will still need a headlamp or flashlight. Please wear appropriate footgear. This hike will be of moderate difficulty and open to all ages. Weather-permitting.

Reservations are requested by January 25 by calling the museum at 518-642-1515 or messaging to reserve your spot. Hot cocoa will be served following the hike. The schoolhouse does have facilities but no running water. There is no fee for the program but donations are welcomed.

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.

Tracks & Trails Snowshoe Hike – Saturday, February 16, 12-2:30pm
Join Beth Duquette on a tracks and trails snowshoe hike at the Pember Nature Preserve. Meet at the Porter Schoolhouse on route 22 in Hebron. Snowshoes are optional but appropriate footwear is required. We have one women’s pair of snowshoes to loan for the hike. Beth will discuss the possible tracks you might see at the Preserve. In the past we have seen tracks of bobcat, coyote, mink, deer, rabbit, raccoon, opossum, and turkey along with fresh chewing from our resident beaver. Bring water and of course, dress warm. Weather-permitting.

Winter Break

Monday, February 18 – 9:30-11:30am – Animal Tracking
Registration required for this program on Animal Tracking. Call Bernie at 518-642-1515, message or email Pember_edu@roadrunner.com by Feb. 15th to reserve your spot. Meet at the Porter Schoolhouse, 6937 State Route 22, Hebron (Granville) at 9:30am to learn about animal tracks and signs. We’ll then hike the Schoolhouse and South Loop trails. This hike is of moderate difficulty. Participants must wear appropriate footwear and bring water. The Schoolhouse has facilities but no running water. Open to all ages!

Tuesday, February 19 – 10:00-11:00am – The Life of Coco Chinchilla
Join Bernie and Coco in the library for a story on the life of her chinchilla. A craft will follow the program. All ages welcome.

Wednesday, February 20 – 10:00-11:00am – Love Your Pet Day
Join Jodie and live animals in the library for a program on Loving Your Pet. Jodie will be bringing a couple of her pets and Bernie will be bringing her Chinese Dwarf Hamster.

This holiday is a day set aside to give extra attention to and pamper your pets. This is a good day to focus on the special relationship that you have with your pets.

Did you know that most households in the United States have at least one pet? While there are more cats than dogs in the United States, more households have dogs than cats, but not by much. Pets are not limited to the canine and feline categories. There are quite a few who prefer the companionship of birds, reptiles, fish or rats. Whoever your pet companion is, we are sure you will enjoy spending a little extra time with them on National Love Your Pet Day and reap the benefits, as well such as stress relief and lower blood pressure. So on February 20 (and every day) show your appreciation to your pets!

We will also be making pocket pet rocks. Open to all ages.

Friday, February 21 – 10:00-11:00am – World Food
Registration is required for this space-limited program on World Food: What Should I Eat? presented by the World Awareness Children’s Museum. For children K-2. Explore the use and impact of corn, rice and wheat in cultures. Hands-on stations include measurement, setting an international table, and a make-and-take project. Call Bernie at 518-642-1515 to register your child by February 15th.

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 20th.

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 of guardian will need to be present to assist younger children. Registration required by April 20th.

Friday, April 26 10:00-11:30 – Live Reptiles!
Meet in the library for a 30 minute program featuring John Dolyak and his live reptiles. Following the 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.