Museum Musings

Volunteer of the Month: April

Olivia-Wells.jpgWe are pleased to honor Olivia Wells as our April Volunteer of the Month.

Olivia is a recent addition to our volunteer team who spends most of her volunteer hours at the A Walk Through Time in Georgia entrance desk. As a Geology Major at State University of New York at Oswego, Olivia shares her knowledge and passion of geology with visitors Fernbank Museum visitors. When she is not volunteering she spends her time reading, sewing and hiking.

If you are interested in giving your time to the Museum, please contact us at or 404.929.6360.

Written by Fernbank Museum at 10:04

Volunteer of the Month: March

Earl-Johnson.jpgWe are pleased to honor Earl Johnson as our March Volunteer of the Month.

Earl Johnson is a records manager for a company called Colonial Pipeline, and he paints, draws and sculpts in his spare time. He has been part of the Polaris volunteer guild at Fernbank Museum since 2011.

His favorite part of being at Fernbank is seeing kids’ expressions and the way their faces light up when they first see the Giganotosaurus in the Great Hall. He also enjoys meeting international visitors.

Earl said, “I travel a lot with business and always check to see if different cities have natural history museums; I’ve been to museums in many cities and this one is by far the best.”
If you are interested in giving your time to the Museum, please contact us at or 404.929.6360.

Written by Fernbank Museum at 12:49

Fernbank Hosts “VIK”

On Saturday, February 2, 2013, Fernbank Museum hosted a "VIK" – a very important kid, Kenny Stewart. Kenny, age 12, visited the Museum along with his mom, Anna, and brother, Alex, age 7, as part of the Make A Wish Foundation. Everyone was excited to welcome Kenny to Fernbank. In fact, Kenny's visit began with a special welcome card delivered by the Museum's mascot, Giggy A. Dinosaur.


Next, Kenny and his family began touring the Museum, starting with A Walk Through Time in Georgia and then to Fernbank NatureQuest. Our "VIK" also was given a behind-the-scenes tour of Fernbank's live animal collection and a private animal encounter with educator Charlee G.


Following the animal encounter, education VP Christine B. gave the group a tour of collections – an area of the Museum that houses a number of artifacts which belong to the Museum, but aren't on display to the public.


Kenny's visit concluded with a trip to Alaska through the powerful imagery of Fernbank's IMAX® Theatre.


We really enjoyed getting to meet Kenny and his family. It was not only a great day for Kenny, but also for everyone at Fernbank. We were delighted to share the Museum with them in honor of Kenny's Wish Day. Thank you, Kenny, for making Fernbank Museum part of your Make A Wish-Georgia experience!

—Deanna Smith, Director of Marketing

Written by Fernbank Museum at 11:13

Fernbank Museum’s Volunteer of the Month

Fernbank Museum is grateful for the support of its 250 strong Polaris volunteer guild. Please join us as we highlight one of those special volunteers each month! Beginning this month is Jack Bates.

If you are interested in giving your time to the Museum, please contact us at or 404.929.6360.

We are pleased to honor Jack Bates as our February Volunteer of the Month.Picture 034

Jack Bates was born in northern Maine and moved to Georgia about 40 years ago. He formerly taught psychology at the University of South Carolina and at Perimeter College, and since retiring spends most of his spare time volunteering. He has been volunteering at Fernbank Museum since 2009. His favorite thing about being at Fernbank is seeing and chatting with people, especially the young people. Jack also volunteers at AID Atlanta, Jerusalem House, is a Stephen Minister, teaches Sunday school and works with Hospice. He says, “volunteering keeps me going and keeps me busy.”

Thank you for all you do, Jack!  We love seeing your face every Friday.

Written by Fernbank Museum at 12:51

COMING SOON: 2013 Special Programming

After a year-long celebration of Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s 20th anniversary that included several family celebrations, major special exhibitions and the launch of a new mobile Museum App, visitors have more exciting programs to anticipate in 2013.

Please note: this list is not final and all dates and events listed below are subject to change.

Flight of the Butterflies
A NEW giant screen adventure
Opens January 4

Emperor & Empress Day
Family fun inspired by Genghis Khan
January 12

Genghis Khan
Special exhibition
Closes January 21

Butterfly Bash
Celebrating the new film Flight of the Butterflies
February 9

Extreme Mammals
New special exhibition
March 2

Extreme Mammals Opening Day Celebration
A day of family fun celebrating Fernbank's new special exhibition
March 2

Dinosaur Egg Hunt
Fernbank’s annual spring event for families
March 30

Lost Oasis 2013: Wild Safari
Annual fundraising event hosted by Fernbank’s Artemis Guild
June 8

Superhero Day
Because super dads (and moms) deserve a SUPER day
June 16

Reptile Day
One of Fernbank’s longest-running and most popular events
July 20

Dinosaur Birthday Bash
Join a prehistoric party celebrating Giants of the Mesozoic
August 24

Marco Polo
A NEW special exhibition
Opens September 2013

Winter Wonderland
Featuring a festive holiday-inspired display and other special activities
Opens November 2013

More programs to be announced including additional films in the IMAX® Theatre, Fernbank’s Summer Camp, Homeschool Days, an evening for educators, additional family events and more.

Be sure to sign up for Fernbank’s e-newsletters, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for updates and announcements!

Written by Fernbank Museum at 09:27
Welcome to the official blog of Fernbank Museum of Natural History. 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!