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.

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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

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.