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September Becomes SHARK-tember

Sharktember _Facebook _Graphic _1After taking a big bite out of the Atlanta movie market this summer, Great White Shark is being extended through October 16. In conjunction, Fernbank Museum Shark-tember, a month-long tribute to sharks featuring hands-on activities, giveaways, admission and membership discounts, and more. It'll be a month of aahs, jaws and applause!

Shark-tember Highlights
Great White Shark
Shows daily in Fernbank's IMAX® Theatre
This giant screen adventure gets you closer than ever to the "king of the ocean" and tells the true story of the predator we love to fear.

Shark Corner
Saturdays, September 6 – September 20, from 11am – 3pm*
Join us in the Naturalist Center for a variety of shark-themed, hands-on learning fun.

Shark Tooth Sundays
Every Sunday, September 7 – September 28
The first 200 children at the Museum will receive a free shark tooth.

Tadpole Tales
Saturday, September 20 at 11:30am and Sunday, September 21 at 1:30pm
Preschoolers will enjoy a story with a Fernbank educator along with a special activity or song. September's story is Never Take a Shark to the Dentist (and Other Things Not to Do) by Judi Barrett.  

Discovery Carts
Dates and times vary
FUN youth volunteers will educate guests on a variety of ocean- and fossil-themed topics through hands-on demonstrations and real specimens.

Sharks After Dark
Take advantage of evening show times of Great White Shark during Martinis & IMAX®. Be sure to try the cocktail of the month: Shark Bite, made with vodka, coconut rum, pineapple juice, and cranberry.

Social Sharks
Swim along on social media for cool shark facts, funny (or should I say punny) shark jokes, giveaways and more. Follow our blog and check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Feeding Frenzy Deals
Take advantage of special savings all month long. Present this coupon to save $4 off Value Passes (includes Museum and IMAX® admission), $10 off Family Dual and Family Advantage Memberships or $20 off IMAX® Advantage Memberships. Must print and present coupon at Fernbank's Box Office to receive discount. Some restrictions apply.

*Shark Corner will not be offered on Saturday, September 27 due to the Goose Bumps! Opening Day Celebration.

Written by Fernbank Museum at 15:10

A DINO-Mite Celebration

They may be over 90 million years old, but age hasn’t diminished the need to host a birthday party for the dinosaur stars of Fernbank Museum’s permanent exhibition Giants of the Mesozoic. The world’s largest dinosaurs will celebrate their seventh anniversary at Fernbank with the popular Dinosaur Birthday Bash on Saturday, August 23, 2008 from 10am to 2pm.

Giggy Therm

This prehistoric party will feature a mock dino dig, appearances by Giggy A. Dinosaur, big bubble fun, free treats* from Whole Foods Market Briarcliff, a kids' DJ and more.


Can’t wait until it’s party time? Here’s a fun craft you can make at home, a Giggy Thaumatrope!

We’ll see you Saturday!

—Deanna Smith, Director of Marketing

*Treats are available while supplies last and are limited to 1 per person.

 

Written by Fernbank Museum at 09:57

Behind the Scenes of Whales: Giants of the Deep

Fernbank Museum is thrilled to be hosting the special exhibit Whales: Giants of the Deep (on view through August 24). It is absolutely breathtaking, and really allows viewers to understand the vastness of these massive creatures and their cultural significance to people of the South Pacific.

That said, perhaps the best part about this exhibit is the significance that it holds for the indigenous people of New Zealand, the Maori.

The Maori and the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa worked closely together to create this exhibit from artifacts that have long belonged to the Maori people. This exhibit introduces visitors to these magnificent animals, as well as the importance of whales to so many of the people in the South Pacific.

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Patrons looking at Maori artifacts

It has been an honor for the employees here at Fernbank to experience such a huge part of the Maori culture. In fact, when the exhibit first came to us, we all got the chance to meet the Maori collections manager, Mark Sykes.

Sykes was an integral part of the installation process, but he also came to say a prayer over all of the objects in the exhibit. He has met the whales at many of their museum stops, his purpose is to make sure the spirits of the wales, and other exhibit pieces, are at peace.

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Fernbank and Te Papa employees working hard to assemble the skeletons

At each museum, before the exhibit is broken down for travel, a Maori collection manager has come out to say a blessing over the whales that allows their spirits to rest as employees begin the long process of breaking down the exhibit. As the objects from the exhibit arrive at their next stop, Skyes says another blessing to wake them up and introduce them to their new temporary home. 

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The Evolution of Whales

Fernbank employees were allowed the privilege of participating in the blessing of the whales as they arrived at our Museum. It’s safe to say that everyone left with a deeper understanding of how important these creatures are to the Maori people. What may look like skeletons to the rest of us, embodies the spirit of the very culture that the Maori hold so dear.

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58-foot-long Sperm Whale Skeleton

As you come visit this special exhibit, keep in mind the cultural significance that is so deeply engrained in these majestic creatures.

—Brittany Loggins, Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator

Written by Fernbank Museum at 12:10

Special Summer Ticket Giveaway


Whale Watch 1.jpgDid you have a whale of a time in
Whales: Giants of the Deep? Did you take advantage of the special "Fernbank Whale Watch" photo opp? If so, that photo could win you TWO FREE IMAX® tickets! 

We want to see your “Fernbank Whale Watch” photos. And, just for sharing your pictures, you will automatically be entered to win 2 free IMAX® tickets.

It’s simple to share:

Need inspiration? Check out our #FernbankWhales gallery.  

Check out 97 Days of Play for more summer fun ideas! 

—Deanna Smith, Director of Marketing

 

Written by Fernbank Museum at 16:03

Adventures in DIRT! A Return to Summer Camp

Fernbank's offiical blog started with a post I wrote after joining one of Fernbank’s first mock digs during summer camp. That was (ahem) a few years ago, so I decided it was time to re-visit the dig pit and live vicariously through our young, energetic and very excited campers. 

First, it was time to fuel up for our adventure. Campers enjoyed a picnic lunch in the Museum’s Great Hall, under the watchful eyes of the world’s largest dinosaurs.

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Please don’t feed the dinosaurs.

I decided to head to the dig pit early to take photos before the flurry of activity started. Much to my chagrin, as the campers arrived, I heard one of them ask (referring to me) “Is she a fossil.” I didn’t take it personally. (Note: look into stronger face cream.)

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My reaction to being confused with a fossil.

Before we dug in to the day’s adventure, Kaden Borseth, Fernbank’s Education Program Manager–Earth Science, gave a quick overview. He explained what the campers would be looking for, the tools they’d be using, as well as the best method for recovering the fossils they found. When it comes to paleontology (and archaeology), gentle is the key! You don’t want to damage your discovery.

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A quick “how to.”

And then we began! Not with a starting pistol, but with an exited flurry of little hands grasping tools and shifting dirt. It wasn’t long before the first declaration of “I FOUND something.” It would not be last.

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Campers worked in teams.

Excited voices called out items as they found them. Eggs, legs, ribs and more. As each piece was uncovered (after a celebratory wave to show the others), they were carefully cleaned off and set aside.

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But these weren’t just random pieces, like a really cool (and a bit dirty) puzzle, the pieces formed a dinosaur!

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Almost done!

It was great to be a kid again, even if just for a couple of hours.

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Adventures in dirt!

This unique activity was developed by Fernbank educators and is one of many engaging programs offered by the Museum. And while mock digs aren’t currently offered to the public, you can take advantage of a variety of drop-in programs offered throughout the summer. Activities include chemistry demonstrations, animal encounters and more. Look for the “Today at Fernbank” sign when you arrive for details.

Click here to see more photos from today's dig.  

—Deanna Smith, Director of Marketing 

Written by Fernbank Museum at 17:01
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