After-school Fall 2018

The Museum after-school programs begin September 26 and will run through December 19. The class starts at 3:30pm. There will be a video, worksheets, hands-on projects & crafts. The programs will be held in the library and are open to children age 6 and older.

Registration is required by calling the museum at 518-642-1515 no later than the Saturday before the program. Come join us!

Sept 26 Reptiles
A 30-minute video reveals the alien world of these misunderstood cold-blooded vertebrates, uncovering reptilian facts that are stranger than fiction. From hot, steamy swamps to dry-as-bone deserts, travel the world in search of these amazing animals. Worksheet, activity sheets and a turtle yarn craft will be included.

 

Oct 3 Seas & Oceans
Visit the alien world of the deep and the creatures that live there: fish, invertebrates, corals, mammals, plants, and more. 30-minute video, activity sheets and hands-on project.

 

Oct 10 Weather
What’s most deadly—lightning, wind, or hail? A 30-minute video will take you on a whirlwind tour of Earth’s turbulent atmosphere and reveals the forces that make the day fair or foul. From hurricanes to heat waves, weather is the most closely watched wild card in nature—yet it can still baffle us every day. Activity sheets and fall leaf craft will follow.

 

10/17 Rocks & Minerals
Which world-famous rock came from outer space? Why were rubies once known as bloodstones? Rock and Mineral shatters the stone’s reputation for “rock-solid” performance. Discover how rocks keep a constantly changing record of our planet’s fascinating history, and see how minerals are at the very core of our civilization in a 30-minute video. A worksheet, activity sheets and a hands-on project will be included.

 

 

 

 

 

 

10/24 Skeletons
Discover the story of human and animal skeletons—their evolution, structure, and function with a 30-minute video and real animal x-rays. There will be activity sheets and a craft just in time for Halloween.

10/31 Lifecycle of a Pumpkin
Short video, discussion, activity sheets and a pumpkin craft.

11/7 Birds
What do bird songs actually mean? How does an owl catch its prey in the dark? A 30-minute Bird video takes an up-close look at the staggering range of sizes, shapes, and habitats of these feathered creatures. It connects modern birds to a distant dinosaur past. Activity sheets & birds & beaks game will be included.

 

11/14 Mammals
What incredible talent do dolphins and bats share? How can you tell which is the oldest elephant in a herd? A 30-minute video reveals the most amazing facts and folklore about our favorite furry animals. Towering or tiny, ferocious or friendly, mammals trot, hop, swim, and soar. Meet the creatures that make up this huge and varied family. There will be activity sheets & animal bingo.

11/28 Planets
The final frontier. Since we first walked the Earth we have gazed in wonder at the night skies and searched for our place in the Universe. Come travel through our solar system with a 30-minute video, activity sheets & star clock craft.

12/5, 12, 19 Christmas STEM Challenges
5 Christmas challenges for you to design, create, predict and test your creations.

December 5th – Oh my goodness! We had so much fun at this class. We created a 3D Christmas Tree as we ate cookies. For our STEM Challenge we designed and created a snowball catapult.

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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.

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.

 

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.

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!