Archive for May, 2011

In the Know: Mythic Mambo

Fernbank is known in the Atlanta community (and beyond) as a great destination for children’s programming. Our Great Hall is constantly filled with visiting  the Museum with a  school group, camp or their family.

But every summer, the Great Hall becomes party central, as hundreds of adults descend on the Museum for a “party with a purpose,” the annual Lost Oasis event.

For the past 16 years, Artemis, the Museum’s young professionals guild has hosted Lost Oasis, Proceeds from this annual event benefit children’s programming at Fernbank Museum.

Planning and organizing for the event falls under the leadership of Michele Kresge and Julie Scroggin in Fernbank’s Member & Volunteer Services department. Michele and Julie, with help from Artemis members, have been planning the event since last September. Considering the event entertainment, advertising, organizing volunteers, securing sponsors and the silent auction, it is not surprising for me to learn that this  event can take 9 months to plan!

This year’s event is taking place Saturday, June 11 and theme is  Mythic Mambo, a nod to the current special exhibit Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids.

Tickets are still available for the event if any of you blog readers are interested- it’s a great way to experience Fernbank, support and great cause and contribute to the community. Click HERE for more info!

-Amanda Boddy, Marketing and Communications Intern


May 27, 2011 at 3:22 pm Leave a comment

meet Amanda, the new intern!

Hello faithful blog readers!

My name is Amanda and I am the new marketing and communications  intern at Fernbank! I am a fresh graduate of Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, Ga. where I earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Mass Communication and a minor in Sociology. To round out my degree, I am spending the next few months in what I already consider one of my favorite summer jobs.

I spent the past three summers chasing kids around camps in North Georgia and Florida and this summer I get to watch kids chase each other around the Museum! I have only been here about a week where I have updated the Facebook page, assisted in events, run plenty of intern-like errands and bragged to my friends about all the fun I’m having. I can’t wait to continue working on the Museum’s social media presence, assist in planning and executing events, watch kids “ooh” and “ahh” at the giant dinosaurs in the Great Hall and spend the summer learning.

I have to give a shoutout to my friend and fellow GCSU alum Andrea Lowery. Those of you who keep up with the blog know that Andrea was the marketing and communications intern last summer. Andrea encouraged me to pursue this internship, answered all my silly questions and left some big shoes here for me to fill.

Anyway, this is my first of many blog posts for Fernbank! I get to write about events and staff members and let you all in on the in-and-outs of the Museum. I can’t wait to share with you all that I am learning and experiencing!

May 18, 2011 at 4:31 pm 1 comment

Fernbank NatureQuest… It’s the best!

What will YOU discover?

Here’s a riddle for you: Where can you swim under the ocean, paddle a dugout canoe, walk through the treetops and go search for fossils in a cave? Do you give up yet? You can do all of these things in Fernbank’s new children’s exhibition Fernbank NatureQuest. And I am fortunate enough to get to do ALL of these things (and more) all day!

My name is Tanya and I’m one of the exhibition facilitators for Fernbank NatureQuest and my job ROCKS! My To-Do list literally includes: searching for turtles in swampy hideouts, swimming with sea turtles, finding pottery sherds and climbing trees!

Every day at work is a new adventure! Sometimes I find some really cool little explorers who help me identify rabbit tracks and some days I find some little scientists who help me check out strange insects under microscopes. I never know what’s going to happen next. There are so many hidden secrets in this room that even I don’t know them all. The other day I was wandering around in the estuary and saw a crab hidden in the cord grass. It took me almost a month to find him!

I think my favorite part about working in Fernbank NatureQuest is meeting future biologists, archaeologists and paleontologists. I have a great time introducing these new explorers to the exhibition and showing them our hidden gems. (Some of these hidden gems may actually BE real gems!) I love seeing their imaginations run wild and playing a part in their awesome adventures. It makes me so happy when kids tell me about how much fun they had in Fernbank NatureQuest. I’ve even had a few kids ask if they could live there!

So if you happen to have a little one eager to explore the outdoors, send ‘em my way and we will set out on our own Nature Quest expedition! See ya around the clubhouse!

—Tanya Wise

May 5, 2011 at 1:33 pm Leave a comment


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!