Museum Musings

Food, Fun and Friendship


The holiday season brings to mind thoughts of gratitude, community, and—my favorite—food! At Fernbank, we’re incredibly thankful for all of our volunteers. We do our best to show this appreciation whenever possible, whether it’s through smaller gestures like our volunteer rewards program or larger events like this week’s Holiday Potluck Luncheon.

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Attendees at this year’s luncheon were greeted by festive decorations and holiday music along with fun games and a make-your-own hot cocoa station. Our volunteers really go all out when it comes to our potlucks, and this year was no exception—no one walks away hungry when these folks are involved!  

See more photos on our Facebook page.

We’d love to have you join our exceptional team of volunteers! Learn more about current opportunities or contact us at 404.929.6360 or e-mail volunteer@fernbankmuseum.org.

—Kate Naylor. Member and Volunteer Services Coordinator

Written by Fernbank Museum at 13:30

Special Programs for Dec. 13 & 14

Here’s this weekend’s line-up of family fun!* Flintstone _Family _Christmas _storybook

Saturday, December 13
Winter Wonderland Seek and Find
10am-5pm, Entry and Upper Levels

Roaming Santa-saurus
10am-2pm, Museum-wide

A Flintstone Family Christmas
10:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, Auditorium (Limited Seating) 

Storytelling
Noon, Fernbank NatureQuest

Puppet Making
Noon-2pm, Great Hall

Fear Show
1pm and 3pm, Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear Theatre

Brain Lab
1pm–4pm, Naturalist Center

Sunday, December 14
Winter Wonderland Seek and Find
Noon-5pm, Entry and Upper Levels 

Roaming Santa-saurus
Noon-3pm, Museum-wide

A Flintstone Family Christmas
12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, Auditorium 

Live Animal Encounter
2pm, Naturalist Center

Fear Show
3pm, Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear Theatre

This schedule is subject to change without notice. Please refer to the “Today at Fernbank” sign when you arrive for more details on these engaging programs! 

Don’t forget to stop by Fernbank’s Museum Stores for great gifts! For those hard to please, purchase a flexible-spending gift certificate. You can find more great gift ideas here.

—Deanna Smith, Director of Marketing

Written by Fernbank Museum at 12:36

Special Programming: Dec. 6 and 7

Enjoy a variety of fun and engaging programs this weekend at Fernbank Museum including:

Saturday, December 6
Winter Wonderland Seek and Find
10am-5pm, Entry and Upper Levels

‘Tis the Season to be Smurfy
10:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, Auditoirum (Limited Seating) 

Roaming Santa-saurus
Noon-2pm, Museum-wide

Puppet Making
Noon-2pm, Great Hall

Fear Show
1pm and 3pm, Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear Theatre

Live Animal Encounter
2pm, Naturalist Center

Sunday, December 7
Winter Wonderland Seek and Find
Noon-5pm, Entry and Upper Levels

Roaming Santa-saurus
Noon-3pm, Museum-wide

‘Tis the Season to be Smurfy
12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, Auditorium

Live Animal Encounter
2pm, Naturalist Center

Fear Show
3pm, Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear Theatre

This schedule is subject to change without notice. Please refer to the “Today at Fernbank” sign when you arrive for more details on these engaging programs!

While you’re here, be sure to catch a flick on the biggest screen in town, Fernbank’s IMAX® Theatre. Current films are Jerusalem and Galapagos: Nature’s Wonderland.

With the exception of IMAX®, all activities are included with Museum admission and are FREE for members!

Happy Ho-ho-holidays!  

—Deanna Smith, Director of Marketing

Written by Fernbank Museum at 09:34

Volunteer of the Month: December 2014

Earl -CrockerWe are pleased to honor Earl Crocker as our December Volunteer of the Month.

Earl Crocker began volunteering with Fernbank in 1993 as an extension of his longstanding volunteer position with his church. With his decades of experience as a sixth grade Sunday school instructor, Earl was a great fit for the school groups who often visit Sensing Nature during their field trips.

When not at the Museum, Earl dabbles in coin collecting and he loves to travel—cruises and visits to Hilton Head are perennial favorites. Always in a jovial mood, Earl loves to joke with visitors and play the occasional mild prank on his fellow volunteers. Interacting with people is his favorite part of volunteering!

Learn more about volunteer opportunities at Fernbank Museum. You can also call us at 404.929.6360 or e-mail volunteer@fernbankmuseum.org.

—Kate Naylor. Member and Volunteer Services Coordinator

Written by Fernbank Museum at 11:33

Volunteer of the Month: November 2014

Julie -JohnsonWe are pleased to honor Julie Johnson as our November Volunteer of the Month.

Julie became interested in volunteering with Fernbank during her first visit almost eighteen years ago. The Greeters that day were “extremely welcoming,” and their enthusiasm encouraged her to try volunteering for herself. Julie credits volunteering at Fernbank with initiating some of her most interesting hobbies, including birding and rock climbing. In fact, it was the IMAX® film To the Limit which inspired her to join her first climbing class and remains her favorite IMAX® film.

Julie has volunteered in many roles at the Museum and is currently responsible for one of our most essential tasks: tallying volunteer hours and entering timecard information. It is Julie’s hard work that makes our 50 Hour Rewards Program possible!

Learn more about volunteer opportunities at Fernbank Museum. You can also call us at 404.929.6360 or e-mail volunteer@fernbankmuseum.org.

—Kate Naylor. Member and Volunteer Services Coordinator

Written by Fernbank Museum at 15:00
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