July Programs at the Nature Preserve

The Pember is opening the historic Porter Schoolhouse (Pember’s Nature Center) every Sunday from June 3 through October 7 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Beth Moser-Duquette will be presenting programs each week with some including a craft project. There is no specific start time. Participants can show up at their convenience as long as it’s not 30 minutes before the nature center closes. Visitors can also pop in to create a walking stick, grab a trail map or rest from a hike. There will also be a featured program once a month on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The Schoolhouse is located about 6937 NY 22 in Hebron with the sign reading “Hebron Nature Preserve.”

Please note that the last class on Sundays begin at 2:00 p.m. in order for us to close by 3:00 p.m.

July 1, 11:00am – 3:00 pm. – Seeds and Such
Stop by during our open hours and Beth, our Naturalist will share the many splendor of seeds from what we plant, sow and eat to what we find as a nuisance. Is it a weed? It may have healthy benefits and be edible, too. We will explore the onsite teaching garden, engage in the history and the origins of seeds and the plants our ancestors brought to the New World. This curriculum will tie in the flora & fauna, and teach children and families that certain plants are okay in some regions, but not in others. A recap of invasive species and how the seeds travel throughout the area. A craft activity will be available.

July 8, 11:00am – 3:00 pm. – It all began with a Larvae
Stop by throughout the day and Beth, our Naturalist will present to you an introduction to Entomology. Learn and explore garden insects and what’s “bugging” the plants. She will share the metamorphosis and the structure of an insect, pollinators and more. There will be an opportunity to make a Journal and you and/or your family can explore the area of the Nature Preserve and see what insects are among us.

July 15, 11:00am – 3:00 pm. – The Teaching Garden
By this time the onsite Teaching Garden should be in full bloom with Beth, our Naturalist busy getting it ready to explore. Learn about the benefits of each flower to shrub, learn a little Latin and use your artistic skills to help make new signs. We’ll have watercolor and other supplies to make your signs stand out! If your sign gets selected, we’ll photograph the art and utilize it within the “teaching garden.”

SATURDAY, July 21, 10:00am – Noon – A guided hands-on hike!
Beth, our Naturalist will take you on a wildflower walk to search for and label beautiful wildflowers! In addition, she’ll educate you on invasive plants. Wear good hiking shoes, bring a bottle of water and let’s explore!

July 22, 11:00am – 3:00pm – Flora and Fauna 
Oh, the colors are bursting and there are so many beautiful flowers within our diverse trails. The scents are in the air and it’s time to come for a hike and find the illusive “Jack in the Pulpit.” We’ll use the onsite “Teaching Garden” to help with learning the differences of seed to pod to plant to shrub. There are many amazing plants and “fauna” (animals) that have a symbiotic relationship to one another. We’ll look at roots and rhizomes and learn the importance of why each plant has a place in our ecosystem. However, without the flora, you’ll not have the fauna. Animals play an important role in our environment. The Nature Preserve is the place to come explore the diverse relationship.

All living things have these characteristics in common:
· Each are made of cells
· They acquire and use energy
· They grow and develop
· They reproduce
· They respond to their environment
· They have the ability to evolve and adapt to the environment

A craft activity will follow.

July 29, 11:00am – 3:00pm- BONES!
Beth will be teaching the role of a forensic anthropologist. Have you been on a hike and discovered a bone? Learn the process and solve the pieces of the puzzle to discover what you may have found. There will be hands-on learning for those who want to hold a femur or feel the sutures of a deer skull. Have you held the bones of a muskrat? Come discover and learn what we’ve found that teach us about our past. A Craft activity will be available and you’ll be able to wear and keep your work of art.

Egypt After-school

We learned about modern day Egypt in our after-school program on April 24th and participants created several cat mummies.

Owl Week Pics

Owls were the featured topic during Winter Break last week. Each day participants received two informational owl cards along with word searches, crosswords, and coloring sheets. A different craft program was presented each day. 2/20 – Great Horned Owl & Long-eared Owl with cricut owl craft & scratch art, 2/21 – Barred Owl & Barn Owl with tree owl and tissue paper owl crafts, 2/22 – Snowy Owl and Short-eared Owl with wooden standing owl and paper roll owl crafts, 2/23 – Eastern Screech Owl and Northern Saw-whet Owl with mosaic sticker owl craft.

Silent Wings returns

If you haven’t visited our Facebook page, seen the newspaper or the flyer at the library and museum, then you might not know that the bird of prey program Silent Wings will be at the library tomorrow (May 6) from 3:30-4:30pm. The program is being sponsored by the Southern Adirondack Audubon Society. Come watch and be thrilled!

Trish and her Red-tailed Hawk with the same expression?

Collections Database

Online Database
The Museum’s online database features more than 6,000 collection items. Each listing contains a description, photo of the item and more.

Research collections of the Pember Museum are available to the public for the following collection units:

  • Amphibians (1 record)
  • Birds (1,363 records)
  • Botany (1,444 records)
  • Eggs (884 records)
  • Geology (382 records)
  • Insects (1,601 records)
  • Invertebrates (273 records)
  • Mammals (152 records)
  • Reptiles (32 records)

Easy to follow directions can be found on the site itself.

We constantly add new data and correct information in the records. If you see an error in the data please contact us. For questions regarding the collection, or online database, contact the Pember at 518-642-1515 or email at pember_edu@roadrunner.com.

Click here to view the database.

Around the World with Hudson Falls

The Pember Museum presented a couple programs to third graders at the Hudson Falls Primary School in Hudson Falls, NY on Tuesday, May 13th. Animals presented were Moose, Red Fox, Grey Fox, American Alligator, North Chinese Leopard, Red Kangaroo and a live Yellow-naped Amazon Parrot. The children knew some of the facts presented and it was exciting to see their eager faces to learn. Touching and exploring was a big hit too. However, Barnyard the Parrot was an even bigger hit than the touchable specimens. She delighted everyone!

The Pember thanks HFPS for inviting us to their school.

It should be noted that the specimen North Chinese Leopard is on personal loan to Pember Educator Bernadette Hoffman by the owner of Flag Acres Zoo. It was a zoo animal and when it died of old age, the owners wanted to honor it by using the pelt and skull for educational programs. Although the owners of the zoo retired, Bernadette has been granted use of the artifact for her wildlife programs.

 

Volunteers Needed

Although the Museum has some volunteers, it isn’t nearly enough for coverage at the museum on Fridays and Saturdays. Museum experience is not necessary. If you’re an honest person, willing to donate 4 or 5 hours a month by sitting, greeting, answering, and calculating…then we need you. The work is not difficult but it is important. It’s turning on the lights and making sure they are all turned off before exiting the building. You greet people as they enter the museum, give them a 2 minute brief of the museum (already written) and log them in on the attendance sheet. It’s answering the phone and taking messages. It’s attending to the gift shop by selling items to our visitors. It’s being honest enough not to steal the mere pittance we take in the gift shop.  There is library staff downstairs ready to answer your questions, should you have a problem. There’s a check list for our volunteers so you don’t have to memorize the location of the light switches. It’s making sure food and drinks are not brought into the museum and that children act accordingly. It’s allowing Lucy the Library Cat to come and sit in your lap. Sometimes there are many visitors (over 20) and sometimes there might be no one. But you never know when there might be a visitor and therefore we need coverage. Bernie is only part-time working Tues-Thurs which is why we need volunteers for those Fridays and Saturdays. Friday hours are 1-5pm and Saturday 10am-3pm.

If you are able to donate your time, please call the museum and talk to Bernie at 642-1515 or stop by to pick up a volunteer form.

THANK YOU!

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.

Nocturnal Animals at Hudson Falls Primary School

The Pember Museum visited second graders at the Hudson Falls Primary School on Wednesday, November 6. The program presented was on Nocturnal Animals using Pember mounts and Bernie Hoffman’s animal pelts. Over 200 children learned interesting facts about the Great Horned Owl, Brown Bat, Ring-tailed Cat, Raccoon, Skunk, Fisher, and Red Fox. Bernie delighted them by bringing her own live nocturnal animal, Henry Hedgehog! Following the program the children were able to touch the wings and pelts.

Nature Inspired Art Program

The Pember Library and Museum is hosting an art program with a series of classes for children age 6 and older. The program starts October 2 and runs through November 20. The classes are after school from 3:30-5:00pm. All classes are free due to a generous grant received by the Pember. The program focuses on creating art with items found in nature and drawing nature-themed items. Each child will be using their imagination while cutting, gluing, drawing, coloring and creating.

Registration is required for the 10 available spaces for each class. To register your interested child, call 642-1515 (Tuesday-Thursday) and ask for Bernadette or email her at pember_edu@roadrunner.com.

The classes are as follows (3:30pm-5:00pm):

Stencil Art

October 2 – Stencil Art – Participants will be able to use paints or colored pencils to create their nature masterpiece

pencil and chalk

October 9 – Freehand Art – Participants will be using pastel chalk or colored pencils to create a nature inspired drawing.

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October 16 – Stained Glass Art – A simple class of coloring an animal preprinted on a special translucent paper. Markers will be used for this project.

Pinecone Owl

October 23 – Pinecone Art – Participants will glue pinecone petals on cardstock to create an owl and create leaves and tree bark. Scissors and craft glue will be used.

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October 30 – Magic Scratch Art – Here’s a chance for participants to “scratch” a nature-related image. When the black coating is scratched off, it reveals a color underneath. Possibly pumpkins, black cats & bats? Just in time for Halloween.

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November 6 – Seashells & Gemstones Art – Participants will take an unfinished wooden photo cube and paint it and add seashells and gemstones. Children may get paint or glue on them and should wear casual clothing.

mosaic art

November 13 – Paper Mosaic Art – There’s plenty of scrap paper for participants to cut shapes to create a cool paper mosaic. We have several simple outlines for use or children can imagine one of their own. The mosaic shown is an advanced design which took longer than the 1.5 hours we have allotted for this class.

Bead Art

November 20 – Bead Art – Participants will add glass beads to create a 6 inch snowflake. Some of the beads are glow-in-the-dark to give life to their flake. Additional snowflake kits will be available to purchase should you wish to create a second snowflake at home.

Collage MagnetA Collage Art Magnet can be created at any class if a participant finishes his or hers art early.

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