Archive for April, 2017

Volunteer of the Year

Please join us in congratulating our 2016 Polaris Volunteer of the Year, Stephen Seabolt.

DSC_1460For the past 6 years, Stephen has offered a welcoming smile to all, from guests to Museum staff. He rotates his time between a variety of volunteer roles, including Museum Greeter, Giant Screen Theater Attendant, WildWoods Greeter and as a trained facilitator for the permanent exhibit, A Walk Through Time in Georgia. Stephen enjoys interacting with guests of all ages and shares the enthusiasm of every visitor who walks through our doors.

On Sunday, April 30, Polaris and FUN youth volunteers, along with Stephen, will be honored for their service to the Museum at the annual Volunteer Awards Celebration, hosted by Fernbank President and CEO Susan Neugent. We have a lot to celebrate—in 2016, this amazing group contributed more than 20,000 hours of service!

Please note: due to this special event, the Museum will open an hour later, at 11am, on Sunday, April 30.

Polaris Volunteers
FUN Youth Volunteers
Fernbank Forest Restoration Volunteers

April 28, 2017 at 2:25 pm Leave a comment

Meet the Newest Member of the Old Growth Forest Network

Just in time for Earth Day, Fernbank Museum of Natural History is proud to announce that Fernbank Forest will be officially inducted as a Dedicated Forest into the Old Growth Forest Network on April 25, 2017 at EcoAddendum’s “Discovering Atlanta’s Original Forest” event at Emory University.

The Old Growth Forest Network is a national network of recognized greenspaces with a goal of inducting at least one forest per county across the country and reversing the decline of old-growth forests. The OGFN works to recognize the preservation of forests so that visitors can experience native forests in their mature diversity and complexity, and enjoy the cultural, ecological and health benefits of these natural spaces.

“Atlanta is one of the most forested metropolises in the country. Within the city are numerous fragmented segments of old-growth forest, the largest of which is Fernbank Forest. Joan Maloof has created an organization that recognizes specific forests and the importance of protecting and preserving these biological refuges. It is an honor for Fernbank Forest to inducted into the Old-Growth Forest Network among many other forests, all set aside as ecological preserves that can be enjoyed for generations to come,” said Fernbank Ecologist, Eli Dickerson.

After a period of comprehensive ecological restoration – involving the removal of over 50 acres of threatening non-native invasive plant species – access to Fernbank Forest was made possible via a connector trail from Fernbank Museum last fall.

Be a part of preserving Fernbank Forest by becoming a restoration volunteer!

Plan your visit to Fernbank Forest.

April 21, 2017 at 4:22 pm Leave a comment

The Gift of Learning

On Saturday, February 4, 2017, Fernbank Museum debuted its Giant Screen Theater, featuring state-of-the-art 4K digital projection with both 2D and 3D capabilities.

Through cutting-edge technology, Fernbank’s Giant Screen Theater will provide a truly immersive movie going experience—from floor to ceiling. In addition to the laser projection system, the theater was outfitted with new seats, floors, sound system, screen and the ability to show films in 2D and 3D formats.

These exciting upgrades were made possible by a generous gift from local entrepreneur and lifelong advocate of learning, travel and natural history, Dante Stephensen.

Stephensen’s commitment to inspiring youth for generations to come will be fulfilled by Fernbank’s incredible new state-of-the-art theaters.

Film by Jef Bredemeier.

April 13, 2017 at 1:37 pm Leave a comment


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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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