A New Foundation

April 28, 2010 at 6:18 pm 2 comments

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

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  • 1. maya | springtree road  |  April 28, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    kind of sad – but very exciting. i’m sure my 4.5 year old will want to thank you one day.

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  • 2. Tami  |  April 28, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    I’m bringing my boys to the museum for the first time this weekend. I’ll have to take lots of pictures so they can remember the way it was the first time they visited. But I’m sure they’ll be excited to see the new exhibit when it opens!

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At Fernbank Museum, there’s much more than dinosaurs and giant-screen films. Even with our website, e-newsletters, Facebook pages and Twitter updates, there’s still a lot we’d like to share with you. This blog is an opportunity for the people that keep Fernbank running and constantly expanding, to share stories from their point of view. We hope you’ll enjoy these first-hand, behind-the-scenes glimpses of what goes into keeping a world-class natural history museum running. As always, we’d love to hear your feedback on these stories, to hear your personal experiences and hear any suggestions for topics. Happy reading!

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