Spring Migration

Join us for our after-school program on Spring Migration Wednesday, April 12 from 3:30-4:30pm. Learn about migrating animals around the world. This class is open to all school-age children.

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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.

Star Power

The next After-School Discovery Program at the Pember Museum is Stargazing on Wednesday, November 5 from 3:30-4:30pm. There will be a slide presentation with a handout of a sky map and a glow-in-the-dark constellation map. Following the program will be a star mobile craft.

IF you have not attended our after school programs recently, please call the museum at 518-642-1515 to reserve a spot for your child. Otherwise, there will not be a craft kit available. Thank you.

 

Passenger Pigeon Exhibit

September 1, 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the passing of the world’s last Passenger Pigeon, Martha. Our exhibit has been in place since May but we’ve just added some large museum panels which were donated by Gisele Zeitler. A male and female Passenger Pigeon with eggs sit in a white display case. The poster inside is done by artist Owen Gromme and courtesy of Bud Gussel of Holiday Wholesale located in Wisconsin Dells, WI. There is an abundance of information out there on this species and one only needs to “Google” it. However, the Pember Museum actually has taxidermy mounts and eggs of this forgotten species. Perhaps only 1500 skins and mounts exist worldwide. The museum has free admission. We operate on generous donations by our patrons and grants from various foundations. Please come out and support this premier natural history museum and learn about a species that once darkened the sky for days.

Here’s a few photos.

Engage, Enrich & Inspire

after school artThe Pember’s Fall 2014 After School Program – Engage, Enrich & Inspire will begin Wednesday, September 10th in the Pember Museum from 3:30-4:30pm. The program is free to school age children. Each program will offer nature studies followed by inspirational art. Registration is not required but would be appreciated to insure we have plenty of supplies. For more information, contact Bernie at the museum 642-1515. The schedule is as follows:

September 10 – Animal Habitats with create a Critter’s Habitat & Animal Tracks

September 24 – Wildflowers of New York with Paper Flowers

October 8 – Seashore Life with Sea Life creations

October 22 – Nocturnal Animals with Create a Bat

November 5 – Stargazing with Glow-in-the-dark Star Map. Includes a slideshow

November 19 – Bird Eggs, Nests & Feathers with create a Whimsical Bird Pin

December 3 – Butterflies & Moths with Stained Glass Butterflies

December 17 – Leaves, Seeds & Trees of New York with Leaf Rubbing Plaques & Pinecone Ornaments

The schedule is subject to change.

Antlers & Horns Program

On Wednesday, April 23 the Museum featured an after school discovery on animals with Antlers & Horns. All the animal artifacts were from educator Bernie’s collection. There were many items to touch and explore. The children did a fantastic job at the Shadow Know-how game and finished with fun museum search. Following the program the children were able to feed sunflower seeds to Barnyard while she sat perched on Bernie’s shoulder. The Museum has many taxidermy animals with antlers or horns. Come visit us to see!

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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!

Walking with Dinosaurs

Bet you didn’t know that we were visited by a dinosaur on April 9th during our after school discoveries program? It even left behind a giant track and we set it to cast! The children and adults enjoyed watching a slideshow about animals of the past and explored some really cool fossils. Many were millions and millions year old.

Next program is April 23. Watch for it!

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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.

Hike On!

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The Snowshoe Hike scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday, January 19 is still on! 12:00 – 2:00

However, should the roads be sloppy from predicted snow showers, please stay home.  We want everyone to be safe. Not sure if there will be any tracks for viewing as the little snow we got has melted but we will venture on anyways.

Meet at the Porter Schoolhouse on Route 22. Bring water. Snowshoes are optional.

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