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!

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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

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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.

The Pember Visits Huletts Landing

On July 26th, the Pember Museum presented a wildlife lecture on burrowing animals at the Huletts Landing Library and Gallery. Bernie, the Museum Educator brought specimens of mole, badger and woodchuck along with a few animals that live in burrows but are not diggers. As a special surprise, she brought along Burt the yellow-naped Amazon parrot and delighted the children as they got to feed him sunflower seeds. Bernie has been presenting programs at the Huletts Library since 2010 touching on a different wildlife subject each year. The children range from grades K and up with attendance from 6 to 20. You can visit Huletts Blog at http://blog.hulettsonlakegeorge.com/

Here are a few photos.

Vintage Photos of the Pember

Here’s a couple photos of the Pember Library and Museum. The black and white is dated 1910 and the color is from a postcard with a postal date of 2 Apr 1915.

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1915 Apr Postcard

Beaver Lodge

One thing I love about taking photos is comparing them years down the road. That’s how we determine growth or lack there of. Right now, while the leaves are gone from the trees, you can see amazing things like the homes of animals. One animal’s home in particular is the Hebron Nature Preserve’s resident beaver. By the photo posted you can see the growth of his home in just two years. Not to mention the increase of water in the creek no doubt from his dam. How awesome!

Welcome!

Red Kangaroo

You will find listed here upcoming Educational Programs at the Pember Museum. There will also be posts from past programs. I hope to post photos of nature with descriptions, program photos and even special events, as I wish.

I’m new to the blogging community, so bear with me.

Thanks,

Bernadette, Museum Educator

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