Oh, The Weather Outside’s Delightful

After our recent blast of winter weather, Mother Nature is making things up to us with spring like weather.

Join us this weekend and combat those winter blues with 75 acres of nature experiences in WildWoods and Fernbank Forest.dsc_2837-3-edit

In addition to outdoor adventures, we’ll also offer a variety of fun programs:

Saturday, January 14
Pirate Day, 10am – 2pm
Enjoy pirate-themed crafts and games, enjoy a visit from the Atlanta Pirate and Wenches Guild and get up close with over 15 species of parrots.

Tadpole Tales, 11:30am
Join a Fernbank educator for a special pirate-themed edition of this popular preschool program.

Sunday, January 15
Excellent Experiments, 12pm
Explore the amazing world of chemistry through fun experiments in a live presentation.

Live Animal Encounter, 2pm
Meet one of Fernbank’s animal ambassadors.

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Weekday Wonders, 10:30am – 1pm
Learn more about magnets through a variety of hands-on activities.

Excellent Experiments, 3pm
Explore the amazing world of chemistry through fun experiments in a live presentation.

All activities are included with Museum admission and are free for members. Fernbank Museum is open 10am – 5pm daily.

January 13, 2017 at 7:54 pm Leave a comment

Cheers to 2017

As part of our annual Noon Year’s Eve celebration, we’ve partnered with GoGo Squeez to offer complimentary healthy snacks for our visitors. We encourage you to turn your treat into a celebratory mocktail using the following recipe.


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Ingredients

  • 8 pouches GoGo squeeZ applesauce
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves
  • 4 cups club soda (Can substitute ginger ale or Sprite)

Directions

  • Shake applesauce, lime juice and mint. Fine strain into a glass and top with soda. Makes 6-8 drinks.

Cheers and Happy New Year!

 

December 30, 2016 at 4:25 pm Leave a comment

Say Hello to My Little Friend

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I’d like to introduce you to someone special. He’s an important part of the Fernbank Team and works hard to help the Museum fulfill its mission.

Say hello to one of our leopard geckos, “Prince Charming.”  As one of our Animal Ambassadors, Prince Charming participates in animal encounters, educational programs and he’s pretty darn cute.

A gift to The Annual Fund would support Prince Charming and his fellow Animal Ambassadors do more for the Museum and our community.

  • $10 helps Prince Charming reach up to 1,000 students, teaching them about animal habitats, ecosystems and reptile characteristics.
  • $20 provides one week’s worth of food, keeping Prince Charming properly fueled up to teach visitors about habitats, ecosystems, native animals and animal taxonomy.
  • $30 maintains Prince Charming’s habitat at Fernbank and supplies his food for two months.

Make  a gift online today!

Give confidently! Fernbank Museum holds a 4-star rating (the highest rating awarded to nonprofits) from Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest charity evaluator.

December 8, 2016 at 11:48 pm Leave a comment

And the winner is…

…Fernbank Museum of Natural History, named best “Rain-or-Shine Fun” by Atlanta Magazine.

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December 8, 2016 at 4:39 pm Leave a comment

Dinosaur Q&A

Fernbank’s resident dino-spokesperson, Giggy A. Dinosaur, had the opportunity to chat with Author and paleontologist Dr. Anthony Martin of Emory University. Dr. Martin has made several appearances at Fernbank Museum, including the special presentation, Science on Screen: Jurassic Park. This is a repost of Giggy’s “dino talk.”


While I’m a fan of Chris Pratt leading a gang of Velociraptors, nothing compares to the original Jurassic Park. And, nothing compares to watching this most iconic of dinosaur films with an actual paleontologist! But before Dr. Martin delves into the science behind the film (can we talk about that Triceratops poop??), I had a few questions:

adreaWhat is your favorite part of being a paleontologist?
My favorite part of being a paleontologist is going outside and searching for fossils, especially with other paleontologists. I’m really happy whenever I get the chance to do this.

Why are my arms so short?
Blame your ancestors and evolution for that. Your great-great-great-great grandparents probably didn’t need big arms to survive a typical day during the Mesozoic Era, so your arms reflect that history, which is perfectly, normal. Besides, long arms are overrated.

What is your favorite dinosaur?
Oh, that’s easy: Oryctodromeus cubicularis. This was a small ornithopod dinosaur from Montana that lived during the Cretaceous Period, about 95 million years ago. One reason why it’s my favorite dinosaur is because it’s the only known burrowing dinosaur, fossilized in its den with two younger dinosaurs of the same species. Even better, I was lucky enough to co-name it! Its name literally means “digging runner of the den.”

Have you met Jeff Goldblum?
No, I haven’t. But you know what’s really sad for him? He hasn’t met me yet, either. Hopefully it will happen someday: after all, life finds a way.

Do you have any snacks?
What did you have in mind: Chihuahuas or Great Danes? Wait a minute: why are you looking at me like that?

Black and blue or gold and white?
I like dresses of all colors, regardless of how people perceive them.

Do you think feathers would look good on me?
Oh, for sure. I’m thinking iridescent black for most of your body, with some yellow and red feathers on your arms, and hot pink on the top of your head. With an ensemble like that, think of how you’d rock the Buckhead night life!

When can we go to Jurassic Park?
I’m sorry to report that ‘Jurassic Park’ closed about 145 million years ago. Fortunately, though, we can still see the living descendants of dinosaurs today as birds. Which is pretty cool, because that means you can watch the relatives of ‘Jurassic Park’ in your backyard every day.

You can find Dr. Martin on Twitter at @Ichnologist. And you can Giggy on Twitter at @giga_a_dino and on Facebook.

December 8, 2016 at 4:32 pm Leave a comment

We’ve Moved!

Check out our new digs at our new Museum Musings blog. We’ll keep this blog active so you can revisit your favorite blog posts.

As always, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us at marketing@fernbankmuseum.org or visit our “Get Social” page for ways to connect with us around the web.

 

July 10, 2012 at 7:35 pm Leave a comment

Meet the Summer 2012 Intern!

Hello friends and fans of Fernbank!

My name is Samantha (Sam) Marks, and I will be Fernbank’s Communications and Marketing intern for the summer of 2012. I am currently a fourth-year, Public Relations major at the University of Georgia, and I will be graduating in December of 2012.

I am a history lover, and a kid at heart. Earlier this year when I was considering places to apply for a summer internship, I could not think of anywhere more perfect than Fernbank Museum of Natural History. I was lucky enough to be chosen for the position, and now here I am!

I have only been at Fernbank for three days, but already I have done many amazing things. I spent last week familiarizing myself with the museum and meeting many members of the staff (I have only walked through the wrong door twice and forgotten a few names, so I would call that a success!). I also attended a couple of meetings, wrote a press release and began doing some research for future happenings at Fernbank.

I am fortunate to be interning at Fernbank during its 20th Anniversary celebration. On Saturday night, June 9, I was able to help at the event, Lost Oasis, which is the annual fundraiser put on by Fernbank’s Artemis Guild. The theme of the night was, The “Roaring” Twenties, in honor of the Museum’s special anniversary.  Attendees were dressed in twenties-themed attire and spent the night celebrating all of the wonderful people who support the Museum.

I have learned so much in my first three days at Fernbank, and I can only hope that the rest of my time here will be as wonderful. I cannot wait to share all of my amazing experiences and adventures with all of the Fernbank lovers out there!

—Sam Marks, Communications and Marketing Intern

June 11, 2012 at 6:05 pm Leave a comment

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