Archive for April, 2010

A New Foundation

The Discovery Rooms are going to close for good this Sunday at 5 p.m. I’ll be there to say goodbye. Fantasy Forest and Georgia Adventure have ably served a generation of young people—having been open 18 years now—and I know these two exhibits have been an important part of the lives of so many of our members and visitors. And, they’ve been important to me—I began my career at Fernbank in 1993 working in these rooms. With a background in geology and a zeal for museum education, I eagerly soaked up all these exhibits had to offer. It was a terrific foundation, and I guess you could say that I’ve grown up with these rooms, too.  

As I’ve watched a generation of kids delight in Fantasy Forest and Georgia Adventure, I’ve also noticed that young people have become much more sophisticated in their understanding of the world around them. These exhibits were state-of-the-art when they opened. Yet, over time I’ve observed kids “growing out” of these rooms at a younger and younger age. I am convinced that now is the time to give the next generation their own state-of the-art exhibit—one that fits them and is relevant to their experience. It’s so critical that we continue to nurture children’s inherent love of science, and to cultivate their joy of discovery and connection with the natural world. I know that this brand-new (and bigger!) exhibit will help all of us accomplish that goal. 

So, yes, I’ll be here on Sunday afternoon, to thank Fantasy Forest and Georgia Adventure for all they have provided. Sure, there will be nostalgic feelings but I’m not sad—instead, I’m thrilled that we will begin construction Monday morning on a groundbreaking exhibit that will inspire a new generation. I look forward to sharing the excitement with you over the next year, and I can’t wait to once again hear children come through Fernbank’s doors and say, “Let’s go to MY place!”

Christine Bean, Vice President of Education


April 28, 2010 at 6:18 pm 2 comments

Where in the Museum is Giganotosaurus?

This is Giganotosaurus. Clearly, not “the” Giganotosaurus that resides in the Great Hall as part of the permanent exhibition Giants of the Mesozoic, but a plush replica from our Museum Store. He’s been sitting in my office for a few years now, keeping the top of my bookshelf looking dino-chic, and I thought he might enjoy a chance to explore the Museum.

So, this very special Giganotosaurus will be making appearances throughout the Museum, and I’ll be posting photos of his excursions on our Facebook page. If you guess his location correctly, you could win free tickets and/or a prize from our Museum Store (perhaps his plush counterpart, Argentinosaurus). You have to “like” us on Facebook to be eligible to participate, and photos will be posted randomly. Who knows, he might even make a stop at Martinis & IMAX®—even dinosaurs like to boogie.

And, as with all giveaways, some restrictions apply. Please read our contest rules before you enter.  


Deanna Smith, Director of Marketing

April 26, 2010 at 4:28 pm Leave a comment


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