Calendar of Events

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PLEASE NOTE: All times, dates and costs listed are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead for the most current information on times, dates and cost, 256-237-6766.  


Special Exhibitions




Programs and Events


 



January 2017

Celebrate National Bird Day
Saturday, January 7 
AMNH

 
Saturday Alive! Get off my TURF
Saturday, January 21
AMNH


 
 

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February  2017


 
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March 2017

 

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April  2017

 

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May 2017

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June 2016

Terrific Kid Tuesday
Every Tuesday in June
Quintard Mall, Oxford

Join us at the Quintard Mall food court for a live animal program starting at noon. 

"Where's Emily?"
Every Tuesday in June

Anniston Museum 

Emily, our Museum Educator, will be in one of the seven exhibit halls with a different critter to interact with guests and answer any questions they may have. The live animal will co-relate with the exhibit hall Emily is found in.

HerpFest
Saturday, June 18th, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Museum Lobby

Join us as we explore the fascinating world of Reptiles and Amphibians! It’ll be an all-day event in the Critter Corner located in the Museum lobby from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. full of fun and learning opportunities. The event includes: 
-Yarbrough’s Snake Show at 11 a.m.
-Frog Talk with JSU’s Herpetologist, Dr. George Cline, at 1 p.m.
-Yarbrough’s Snake Show at 3 p.m. 
Cost is free with paid museum admission.


Third Thursday in the Gardens Program
"Grow a Gardenia in a Bottle" 
June 16th, 5:00-6:00 p.m. 
Longleaf Botanical Gardens 

This program will focus on simple plant propagation with cuttings.  We will learn about when to take cuttings and how to care for them.  Attendees will look at a simple and easy method of rooting gardenia cuttings in a clear plastic bottle that functions as a mini-greenhouse!  Come learn about plant propagation and take some soon-to-be gardenias home for your landscape. We will provide the recycled bottles, the cuttings, soil… come join us! The program will be held in the James P. Roberts Education Room at the Longleaf Botanical Gardens. Cost is $5.00; free to First Friends. Reserve your spot by calling 256-237-6766 (Anniston Museum of Natural History).  


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July 2016

Terrific Kid Tuesday
Every Tuesday in July
Quintard Mall, Oxford

Join us at the Quintard Mall food court for a live animal program starting at noon. 

"Where's Emily?"
Every Tuesday in July

Anniston Museum 

Emily, our Museum Educator, will be in one of the seven exhibit halls with a different critter to interact with guests and answer any questions they may have. The live animal will co-relate with the exhibit hall Emily is found in.


Live Salty Grand Opening
July 15th
Anniston Museum 



Third Thursday in the Gardens Program
“Basic Irrigation Systems for Home Lawns and Garden”
July 21st, 5:00-6:00 p.m. 
Longleaf Botanical Gardens 

Eric Schavey, Regional Extension Agent from Etowah County will cover topics including water usage, system troubleshooting, drip and low volume systems, along with some common some do’s and don’ts. The program will be held in the James P. Roberts Education Room at the Longleaf Botanical Gardens. Cost is $5.00; free to First Friends. Reserve your spot by calling Sarah Burke at 256-237-6766 x 302. Call early, workshops fill up quickly. You MUST reserve a spot to enter the workshop, no walk-ups on day of event. 

Family Night
July 21st, 5:30 p.m-9:00 p.m. 
Anniston Museum

Tickets for Non-Members are $12/adult and $10/children. Members are $10/adult and $8/children. Family Night ticket includes: dinner (hotdogs, chips, cookie & drink), flashlight tour through exhibit halls, photo op with live animal, and live animal program. Call Museum to register for event. Registration ends Friday, July 15.

 

 

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August 2016

Owl Appreciation Day
August 4th
Anniston Museum of Natural History

 
Visit Anniston Museum and get a closer look at the birds seen along the Bird of Prey Trail. Learn what makes these owls and other Birds of Prey so magnificent. Examine owl wings, hawk talons, and other hands-on items in Nature Space from 10:00-2:00pm. Live Bird of Prey Presentations will introduce you to owls, hawks, and the ancient skill of falconry (times TBA) – seating is limited and will be first-come, first-seated! By the end of the day, you will love them with owl your heart! Programming free with paid admission. Members Free.

Third Thursday in the Gardens Program
“Painting a Simple Flower from the Garden”
August 18th, 5:00-6:00 p.m. 
Longleaf Botanical Gardens 


Martha Tucker, a local artist, will teach you how to paint a simple flower collage on a small canvas.  Using acrylic paints, you will learn the simple technique of painting for fun. This class is limited to 20-25 people. The program will be held in the James P. Roberts Education Room at the Longleaf Botanical Gardens. Cost is $5.00; free to First Friends. Reserve your spot by calling Sarah Burke at 256-237-6766 x 302. Call early, workshops fill up quickly. You MUST reserve a spot to enter the workshop, no walk-ups on day of event. 

Museum Day
August 27th
Anniston Museum of Natural History

 
Come one, come all! Let’s celebrate Anniston Museum’s 86th birthday! Crafts, programs, and admission are free for guests at Anniston Museum on Saturday, August 27, 2016. Crafting will take place in the Museum Classroom. Create an animal mask or wild handprint art to take home with you. Meet some of Museum Staff’s favorite animals in free Live Animal Presentations at 11:00 and 1:00, but remember seating is limited and will be first-come, first-seated!

 

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September 2016

Sudsfest 2016
September 24, 2016
Longleaf Botanical Gardens & Event Center

 
Mark your calendars for September 24, 2016 for the return of one of Calhoun County’s best beer tasting & food sampling festivals.  This year Sudsfest will be even bigger, better, and more fun than ever. This year’s enhanced Sudsfest will be held at the newly remodeled Longleaf Botanical Gardens & Event Center. Throughout the event, hundreds of guests are treated to an evening like no other, featuring great food from some of Calhoun County’s finest restaurants and bakeries; beer tastings and wine bars; and a signature cocktail bar. Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket to set up and enjoy the highly-anticipated concert by American Floyd, a Pink Floyd tribute band, featuring a combination of distinctive sounds and a dynamic light show for an authentic Pink Floyd experience.
We invite you to be a part of this fun and festive event by participating as an official sponsor. Sponsors of Suds fest will receive unique, on-site visibility opportunities, and a special set of benefits. Funds raised through sponsorships and ticket sales will go towards acquiring equipment necessary for daily operations for all three organizations of the campus. For sponsorship information call David Ford at 256-237-6261 x 321.
General admission tickets will go on sale September 1st by calling 256-237-6261 or 256-237-6766. Tickets will be limited so don’t wait too late!

Third Thursday in the Gardens Program
“A Tropical Tour”
September 15th, 5-6 p.m.
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

 
Hayes Jackson will present a presentation on ginger lilies and other tropical plants for attendees. Stay tuned for more details! The program will be held in the James P. Roberts Education Room at the Longleaf Botanical Gardens. Cost is $5.00; free to First Friends. Reserve your spot by calling Sarah Burke at 256-237-6766 x 302. Call early, workshops fill up quickly. You MUST reserve a spot to enter the workshop, no walk-ups on day of event. 

Pawpaw Workshop
September 22nd, 1:00-3:00
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

 
Come learn about one of America’s most unique native fruits. The Pawpaw (Asimina triloba) is a temperate, cold-hardy tree from a mostly tropical genus. Most people know the song, but have never actually put a pawpaw in their pocket much less tasted one. The favor is amazing, like a blend of tropical mango and banana with a custard-like texture. Rhonda Britton and Hayes Jackson will talk about how to grow this amazing native tree, selecting varieties, and harvesting the fruit. They might even share a couple of special recipes. Come join us in celebrating the incredible pawpaw!
 
The workshop fee is $15.00 ($10.00 for LBG members and First Friends). Reserve your space by calling the Anniston Museum of Natural History at 256-237-6766. Payment must be made at time of registration and may be made by cash, check (made payable to Longleaf Botanical Gardens and earmarked for education program), or by charge card in person or by phone. Space is limited to 35.
 

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October 2016

Succulent and Pumpkin Workshop
Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 9:00 am- Noon

Longleaf Botanical Gardens 

In this workshop, participants will make a unique fall table decoration to take home.  A beautiful pumpkin topped with succulents will brighten any Halloween or Thanksgiving display for up to 8 weeks with proper care. Hayes Jackson will present a program on varieties of succulents, their care, and why you should consider growing more of these tough beauties. Patricia Patty will lead the pumpkin centerpiece creation. Succulents can survive for long periods of time without attention and make excellent house plants during the winter. Succulents are an excellent choice for outside color during the hot Alabama summers. In this workshop, you will use several colorful varieties to top your pumpkin. At the end of the season you can pot them up for a wonderful container display.
 
To reserve your spot, call Anniston Museum of Natural History (256-237-6766). Reservations are required and space is limited to the first 25 people to register. Pumpkins, succulents and all supplies will be furnished.  Cost is $35 per person to be paid at time of registration. Payment may be made by cash, check (made payable to Longleaf Botanical Gardens and earmarked for educational program), or charge card in person or by phone. Deadline for registration is Friday, September 23, 2016.

National Fossil Day
Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Anniston Museum of Natural History


Come celebrate National Fossil Day with us from 12-4! Start your day of discovery in the classroom making a souveniour fossil. While your fossil is beginning to dry, make your way to the Dynamic Earth exhibit hall to meet examples of living fossils, plus examine hands on items. Be sure to stop back in the classroom before you leave for the day to pick up your fossil!

Cost is free with paid museum admission. Members are free.

Falling for Fun Fall Festival
Saturday, October 15, 2016, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Anniston Museum of Natural History 


Come dressed in your Halloween costume to Anniston Museum's Falling for Fun Fall Festival!

Get on the tractor hayride and learn how nature preps for winter. Play outdoor games on the Museum lawn, and enter the costume contest. Bring your flashlight to guide you through our exhibit halls. We will wrap up the evening with our Creepy Critters LIVE animal show!

Come hungry because a food vendor will be onsite throughout the evening. Tickets can be purchased up to the time of the festival!

Tickets are $8/adult and $6/child. Members are $6/adult and $4/child.

For more information call Sarah at 256-237-6766 ext. 302, or email sburke@annistonmuseum.org.
 


November 2016

Saturday Alive! Lizard Lovers
Saturday, November 5, 11:00 AM
AMNH Auditorium


Visit us for a NEW Saturday Alive! program. Lizard Lovers will showcase a variety of lizard species and discuss what makes them special. This program is FREE with paid admission. Members are free. Seating is limited. Doors open 15 minutes before show time.

"Fresh" Holiday Greenery Sale
Deadline to order - Tuesday, November 15
Longleaf Botanical Gardens


Longleaf Botanical Gardens is excited to offer several classic holiday decorating essentials for this first annual Greenery Sale.  The beauty and fragrance of fresh cut greenery at your entrance and throughout the house delights all who enter. Frasier fir, white pine and mountain spruce gathered in Cashiers, North Carolina will be used to create wreaths and garlands and will be sold at comparable prices as your Big Box store.  In addition, you are contributing and supporting YOUR Botanical Gardens’ growth.
 
We will have available for your choosing: 24” Wreaths - the perfect holiday greeting on any door, but equally beautiful above a mantel, in front of a mirror or encircling a tabletop candle grouping. Price -$25; Red Velvet Bow - the option to purchase a classic multi-loop red velvet bow to adorn your wreath. (This will be our only choice of ribbon for this year.) Price -$10; and 6’ Lengths of Garland - a traditional festive touch draped over a doorway, gently sweeping down a handrail, or wrapped on a post. Price -$18.
 
All orders must be received no later than November 15, 2016.  Orders will be available for pickup at the Longleaf Botanical Gardens Building on Wednesday, November 30th from 10 AM–4 PM or Saturday, December 3rd from 10 AM–2 PM. All orders and payment are due by November 15th.

Please fill out an order form located on the museum website, annistonmuseum.org. We will post a link on our Facebook page, once available.

Third Thursday in the Garden Program
Thursday, November 17, 5:00-6:00 pm
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

 
Dale Cox, Master Gardener and technical expert will present an hour program at 5 p.m. that will explain fundamentals of electricity in outdoor spaces. Just in time for holiday decorating or winter outdoor projects, the program will give you the basics of installing temporary or permanent projects. The program is free to members and $5.00 to the general public and will be limited to the first 35 participants who pre-register.

Payment is due at the time of registration. Call 256-237-6766 to register.

Winter Market Weekend Invitational Art Fair & Sale
Members’ Cocktail Reception:
Friday, November 18th, 5:30-7:30 PM
Anniston Museum of Natural History
 
Winter Market Public Sale:
Saturday-Sunday, November 19-20th: Shop Saturday 10 AM-5 pm, Sunday 1-5 pm
FREE TO BROWSE!
Anniston Museum of Natural History


Snuggle Up & Hibernate
November 22nd, 11:00 am
Anniston Museum of Natural History

 
Snuggle Up & Hibernate with Anniston Museum, November 22nd, at 11:00 am. We will be serving hot chocolate and cookies while reading Secrets of Winter by Carron Brown and Georgina Tee. Join us as we snuggle up with our hot cocoa and book and show off some animals who prepare for winter in their own way!
 
This event is $5 per person; children 0-3 are free. Call Sarah at 256-267-6766 x 302 to reserve your seat. Payment is due at time of reservation. Seating is limited, so register today!
 

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December 2016

Stocking Stuffers
All Month
Anniston Museum of Natural History

 
Help Anniston Museum fill our live animals’ stockings for Christmas! We have 60+ animals that participate and travel to events and schools helping to educate our public. Show the animals your support and love by helping us fill their stockings. Below is a list of items our critters would appreciate. Donations can be brought to Anniston Museum of Natural History throughout the month of December.
 
Towels (no holes)
Pillow cases (no holes)
Newspapers
Pet Carriers (no holes)
Hay
Pine Shavings
Small leashes (no retractable)
Cat food
Dog food

Homes for the Holidays
Saturday, December 10th, 10:00 am-4:00 pm  
Off-site, self-driving tour

 
Mark Saturday, December 10th, on your calendar, and begin your season with Homes for the Holidays, a self-driving tour of area homes decked out for the season. This year’s tour celebrates December traditions of: Marilyn Reynolds, Maggie Freeman, and Ann Welch’s downtown loft. Cookies and cider will be served at Anniston Museum of Natural History.
 
This event is $20 for general public and $15 for Museum members. Tickets will be available on the day of the event for $25. Purchase tickets in a holiday bundle of nine or more tickets in one transaction and get one ticket for free!
 
For additional information contact Margaret Hatley 256-453-0715 or Susan Ponder 256-453-0403.

Third Thursday in the Garden Program
Thursday, December 15 12:00-1:00 pm and 5:00-6:00 pm
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

 
Hayes Jackson will present a free program explaining the new master plan for Longleaf Botanical Gardens.  There will be two sessions during the day. Come join us at noon or at 5pm to see the layout and proposed developments for one of Alabama’s newest botanical gardens.  Excitement is in the air! We will have hot chocolate available for just $1 or bring your own mug and first serving is free. No registration is necessary.

Ladies & Gents
Tuesday, December 20th, 11:00 am
Anniston Museum of Natural History

 
Certain animals have characteristics that are extremely noticeable and unique to their gender. For example, a male deer (buck) has large antlers while a female deer (doe) has no antlers. We can easily identify a lady from a gentleman. Join Emily as she presents a variety of animals and explains what makes the ladies look different from the gents. Free with paid admission. Members are free. Seating is limited. Doors open 15 minutes before show time.

 

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General Hours and Admission: Valid through Memorial Day, 2017

Tuesday through Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday, 1-5pm
Closed Mondays now through Memorial Day

***** No tickets will be sold after 4:30pm, in order to assure visitors are able to view and enjoy everything. *****


Note: Nature Space Discovery Room closes daily at 4pm, and Anniston Museum Store closes daily at 4:45 pm. If you wish to take advantage of these areas, please plan your visit accordingly. 

$6 per adult; $ 5.50 per senior (age 60+); $5 per child (ages 4-17); children under 3 are free
***** Extra cost for some special programs and events*. Call for details. *****


Members are required to show cards for all family members for free admission: If your cards have been lost or stolen, contact the membership department right away for replacement: membership@annistonmuseum.org or 256-237-6766 ext. 120


 


NOTICE TO VISITORS TO THE GARDENS AND TRAILS:
MUSEUM DRIVE GATE LOCKS DAILY AT 5:30PM

Anniston Museum's outdoor Gardens and Trails are open seven days a week, regardless of holidays, however, Museum Drive is only accessible by car from 8am to 5:30pm, during regular business hours on normal operating days. On days the Museum is open for business, all visitors must move their vehicles to the lower end of the park before 5:30pm, or risk being locked in until the next regular operating day.

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Founded in 1930, Anniston Museum of Natural History is a nationally accredited museum with the purpose of enhancing public knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of living things and their environments. The Museum preserves and studies collections that relate to humankind and the natural environment and interprets these through interdisciplinary exhibits and programs. The Museum is committed to providing educational, recreational, and economic benefits which will improve the quality of life for diverse audiences. Exit 185 off I-20 between Birmingham and Atlanta. North on State Hwy 21 seven miles. Anniston Museum is located in Lagarde Park at the intersection of State Hwys 21/431.

 


 

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