Calendar of Events

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 September   October            November           December        

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, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
AMNH


Come celebrate National Bird Day with Anniston Museum! Explore the Designs for Life Bird Hall and learn "owl" about  physical and behavioral characteristics of birds. Stop by the Museum Classroom to idenitfy local birds and their calls, while creating a bird feeder to home with you. Meet Cheaha State Park's Naturalist Mandy Pearson at 11:00 am for her "Build a Bird" presentation and 1 pm for her "Birds of Prey Feathered Families" presentation, both featuring LIVE Birds of Prey. 

Your National Bird Day ticket can be purchased with your admission ticket. A National Bird Day ticket gives you entrance to two presentations and the bird feeder craft. National Bird Day tickets are $2 per person for both programs, $1 per person after 12:00 pm. Children 0-3  and members are free.


ROARing Reading
Wednesday, January 11, 9:00 am
AMNH 


Reading is an essential part of our everyday lives. Anniston Museum invites families, school groups, book clubs, anyone with a passion for reading to join us every second Wednesday of the month for a special children's book reading featuring a guest speaker. 

To start the New Year and the Roaring Reading program off right, Anniston City Manager Kent Davis will be reading our first story. If you miss our Wednesday reading, please join us the following Sunday at 3:00 pm for a second reading by a Museum Educator. We look forward to reading with you all this year! This program is free with paid admission. Members are free. 

Third Thursday in the Gardens Program
Some Winter Swag for Your Landscape:
A collection of winter interest plants to make your garden shine
Thursday, January 19, 10:00 - 11:00 am
Longleaf Botanical Gardens


It's the middle of the winter and your garden has the blues? Not necessarily. There is an array of fantastic plants that shine in the doldrums of winter. Whether it's jazzy bark, artistic branch structure, fancy foliage, or grandiloqunet blooms, you will find something to make a statement in your mostly dormant landscape.

To reserve your spot, call Anniston Museum at 256-236-6766. Reservations are required. Cost is $5.00 per person and members are free. Payment is to be made at time of registration and 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. 

 
Saturday Alive! Get off my TURF
Saturday, January 21, 11:00 am 
AMNH


Animals not only have to defend themselves, but have many to work hard to defend their territory. Join us for a collection of Museum LIVE educational animals and discover the many ways animals protect their property. Program is free with paid admission. Members are free. 
 
 

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February  2017

White Elephant Sale 
Saturday, February 4, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
AMNH


Tax-deductible donations will be accepted beginning early January through Feb 3.  Donations may be dropped off during Museum hours at the BR Williams trailer located at the overflow parking lot across from the Anniston Museum of Natural History. Signs will direct you to the area.

Grow and Tell: A Celebration of Houseplants
Sunday, February 5, 2:00 - 4:00 pm 
Longleaf Botanical Gardens


Plants that spend the winter inside with us are especially
appreciated during these cold, often dreary, days.
A Sunday afternoon coffee has been planned to enjoy these
interesting plants. Ferns, begonias, orchids, amaryllis,
African violets, bromeliads, and mixed containers are a few
examples. Be sure to bring your plant(s) with you. They will
be tagged with their identification and the owner’s name.
We can all admire them and their owner can give advice on
how to care for them. There will also be plants for sale.
Susan Gibbins, Master Gardener, Longleaf Botanical
Gardens board member, and plant enthusiast, will facilitate this event.

ROARing Reading
Wednesday, February 8, 9:00 am 
AMNH


To the stay at home parents, the book club folks, and the avid readers of the area, join us with the Museum and Gardens Complex Director Alan Robison for our second month of Roaring Reading! If you are unable to attend, please mark your calendar for Sunday, February 12, for our second reading by a Museum Educator. Program is free with paid admission. Members are free. 

Pruning: Techniques, Outcomes, and Design Influences
Saturday, February 11, 9:00 - 11:30 am
Anniston Museum Auditorium

We at Longleaf Botanical Gardens are delighted to welcome Frederick R. Spicer, Jr. Fred is a garden designer and a garden professional, the former CEO of Birmingham Botanical Gardens. He is a gifted teacher who is eager to share his vast knowledge of all things plants.

This will be a totally different kind of pruning lecture including an in-depth presentation with extensive illustrations. Fred will demonstrate how to prune correctly from the plant's point of view for short-term and long-term outcomes. When and how to prune will be the focus. You will learn how to prune creatively in designing your home garden. 

Space is limited!! To reserve your spot for this exceptional presentation, call Anniston Museum of Natural History at 256-237-6766. Reservations are required. Cost is $25.00 per person; $20.00 for museum members. Payment is to be made at the time of registration and may be made by cash, check (made payable to Longleaf Botanical Gardens and earmarked for educational program), or by credit/debit card in person at the museum or by phone.

If registrants are concerned about any possible cancellations, they are encouraged to call the Anniston Museum (256-237-6766) or the Berman Museum (256-237-6261).

General Refund Policy: 
We prefer that  a refund request be in writing (email will do) to include name and address.  We have to have this info for the City to issue a check.  
The request must be submitted two week prior to the event for a refund. 
There is no refund for transactions less than $10 per person


Saturday Alive! Undercover Colors
Saturday, February 11, 11:00 am 
AMNH Classroom


Look closer, I dare you. Often, what looks like something ordinary is something extraordinary. Join us to get a closer look at camouflaged animals. Program is free with paid admission. Members are free. 


Third Thursday in the Gardens Program
Gallery of Camellias
Thursday, February 16, 5:00–6:00 pm
Longleaf Botanical Gardens


Join us for the February Third Thursday program which will feature the queen of the winter garden and Alabama’s state flower, the camellia! The presenter, Hayes Jackson, has 300 different camellias in his garden. Camellias are well-suited to central Alabama landscapes.  The plants are tough once established and make excellent hedges, mass plantings, and foundation plantings.  Camellias come in a bewildering number of varieties and can bloom from late August through April depending on species and variety. The program will focus on a variety of unusual and stalwart cultivars. Weather permitting and plants cooperating, there will be a nice display of blooms to ogle. Join us at 5pm to discover the wonderful array of beautiful camellias and talk about camellia culture in central Alabama.
 
To reserve your spot, call Anniston Museum of Natural History at 256. 237-6766. Reservations are required. Cost is $5.00 per person or free to members. Payment is to be made at the time of registration and may be made by cash, check (made payable to Longleaf Botanical Gardens and earmarked for educational programs) or charge card in person or by phone.

Mingle in the Wild: Ladies Night Out
Generously funded by Anniston Museum League
Nancy Lipham, Margaret Hatley, Lesa Cummings, Sara Rutledge, Susan Ponder, and Teresa Noell

Thursday, February 16. 7:00 - 9:00 pm 
AMNH


Grab your girlfriends and slip on your dancing shoes for a ladies night at Anniston Museum. Explore the savannahs of Africa, the depths of the ocean, and predators of the world through our Exhibit Halls. Encounter live animals with Museum staff. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, wine, and dancing music. Be camera ready because this event is sure to be picture perfect (selfie sticks and props included). All proceeds of Mingle in the Wild will go to the Museum's live animal programming. This event is reserved for women ages 21 and up. Please have your ID ready at the door. Call 256-237-6766 to order tickets beginning January 2, 2017. Thank you for your support! 

This event will be generously funded by the Anniston Museum League: Nancy Lipham, Margaret Hatley, Lesa Cummings, Sara Rutledge, Susan Ponder, and Teresa Noell. 

Ticket prices: $30 Adult ticket; $25 Member Adult ticket; $20 Designated Driver Ticket


37th Annual Black Heritage Festival
Saturday, February 18, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Longleaf Botanical Gardens


A 37 year dream, an ongoing journey…
Be sure to mark your calendars for the longest running Black Heritage Festival in
the Southeast. This year’s Festival will be held at Longleaf Botanical Gardens.
The first event of the day, beginning at 10:15 will be the Student Oration
Competition, in which students from Pre-K to 12th grade recite words of poetry
and prose by noted African American authors. Students are asked to pre-register
through their schools, churches or civic clubs. If you would like to register your
child for orations as an individual, please call Angie at 256-237-6766 x 310.
Lunch can be purchased from Deano’s Grill on the front lawn from 11:00 AM -
2:00 PM. There will be indoor dining areas and outdoor picnicking, weather
permitting. Beginning at 1:00 PM, the Anniston High School Jazz Band under the
direction of Mr. R.D. Mitchell, will perform. Vendors will be available in the Lobby
from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM selling items such as jewelry, books, clothing and arts
and crafts.
The Festival is a day full of entertainment and cultural experiences that you’ll
want to savor so plan to stay for the whole day! This event is FREE to attend!
Each person attending the Festival will receive a wristband for free admission to
Anniston and Berman Museums for February 18, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM.


Celebrate International Polar Bear Day
Saturday, February 25, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm 
Attack and Defense Hall
AMNH


According to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the Polar Bear, Ursus maritimus, population is considered vulnerable. International Polar Bear Day is recognized on February 27 and created with the intention of bringing awareness to threats the polar bear population is facing. Visit Anniston Museum in the Attack and Defense Hall to learn more about the polar bears struggles and how we can help. Program is free with paid admission. Members are free. 

#PolarBearDay #ThermostatChallenge #Hygge
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March 2017

Spring Garden Symposium 2017
Thursday, March 16, 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Longleaf Botanical Gardens

 

Longleaf Botanical Gardens is proud to announce its inaugural Spring Garden Symposium for 2017. The theme for 2017 is “Fabulous Foliage”.  The Symposium will feature lectures on utilizing lush and dramatic foliage for garden pizazz.  Classic caladiums, verdant ferns, leafy hostas, and a host of other fantastic foliage plants will be the topic of the day.  Mark your calendars for March 16, 2017.Please see our Facebook page for updated details. The symposium is $20 for members and $25 for non-members.

Pre-registration is a must! Call the Anniston Museum of Natural History at 256-237-6766 for information and registration.

Agenda:
8am-9am- Registration and vendor shopping
9:00- Introduction
9:15- 1st speaker: Dani Carroll on  Edible Foliage Plants
10:15 Break
10:30- 2nd Speaker:  Hayes Jackson on Caladiums
11:30- 3rd Speaker: Hayes Jackson and Patricia Patty on Hostas
12:00- Lunch and vendor shopping
1:00-4th Speaker:
2:00 Conclusion of lecture program

Saturday Alive! Hoo's Talking 
Saturday, March 18, 11:00 AM
Anniston Museum of Natural History Auditorium


Listen closely Saturday, March 18th and you can learn a call or two. Join Emily as she mimics, creates, and shares the calls of the wild. See the live animals and discover how you too can communicate with the great outdoors and the creatures hidden within it. This program is free with paid admission. Members are free. Seating is limited.

Show Me Your Smile
Tuesday, March 28, 11:00 AM
Anniston Museum of Natural History Auditorium


Incisors, canines, molars, fangs… The shape of a tooth says more about an animal than you may know. Visit Anniston Museum Tuesday, March 28th and get a dentist’s point of view into the mouths of our educational live animals. This program is free with paid admission. Members are free. Seating is limited.

Forest & Field: Fairy Houses
Thursday, March 30, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Longleaf Botanical Gardens


Join Director of Conservation and the author of the newly released book, Hairy, Scary, but Mostly Merry Fairies: Curing Nature-Deficit Disorder through Folklore, Imagination, and Creative Activities, Renee Simmons Raney for fairy stories, fairy house building (leave-in-the-woods fairy houses), and a fairy observation hike at the Longleaf Botanical Garden.

This program is FREE including supplies, but registration is required. Space is limited. Funding for Forest & Field is made possible by a grant from the Stringfellow Health Fund of the Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama through the Georgia-Alabama Land Trust. Call 256-237-6766 to reserve a place for young person(s) and adult. Space is limited to 20 children. 

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April  2017

Batty About Bats
Saturday, April 8, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Anniston Museum of Natural History Classroom


Spend the morning with Vicky Smith, a respected educator, and enjoy learning about these amazing nocturnal animals. Bats are rarely seen and greatly misunderstood. Learn about their amazing adaptations as the only flying mammal. Enjoy a full morning of presentations, learning activities, bat games, and a chance to meet live bats. Preferred age for this program is 3rd grade & up. Cost is $10 and space is limited to 20. Call 256-237-6766 to register!

2nd Annual Garden Party
Thursday, April 13, 6:00 PM
Longleaf Botanical Gardens


Join us for a night of all things southern with James Farmer! You will not want to miss your opportunity to hear from best-selling author, Southern Living editor-at-large, landscape designer, and expert of all things Southern – including farm-to-table menus and the art of entertaining. In addition to being the guest speaker, James will be available for a book signing for guests.

Wear your best Southern hat and attire and join us for an evening with friends, food, and good cocktails. Ticket prices are $75 for an individual and $140 per couple. Tables are available for purchase. Call 256-237-6766 to purchase tickets.

Third Thursday in the Gardens Program
Choosing the Right Orchid
Thursday, April 20, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Longleaf Botanical Gardens


Orchids can be surprisingly easy to care for. Dayle Brooks, a longtime member of the American Orchid Society, will show several of her beautiful specimens. She will explain how to care for each type and answer questions.

 Many orchids provide long lasting blooms in exchange for minimal care.  Some are great winter bloomers, too.  Join us April 20 from 5-6pm. The program will be held in the James P. Roberts Education Room at the Longleaf Botanical Gardens building.

To reserve your spot, call Anniston Museum of Natural History at 256-237-6766. Reservations are required, and space is limited to the first 35 people to register. Cost is $5.00 per person and free to members. Payment is to be made at time of registration and 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.

Plant Sale
Friday, April 21, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Members Only; 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM Public Sale
Saturday, April 22, 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Public Sale
Longleaf Botanical Gardens


Come shop Longleaf Botanical Gardens’ Spring Plant Sale! Members get the opportunity to do early bird shopping Friday morning from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM before the sale is opened to the public at 12:00 PM. The sale will be open to the public Friday from 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM and Saturday from 8:00 AM—2:00 PM.

Earth Day
Saturday, April 22, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Anniston Museum of Natural History


Earth Day brings the public together to discover ways to better our planet through different community projects, such as, recycling and composting. Join Anniston Museum as we recognize Earth Day on Saturday, April 22nd. During the hours of 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, visitors are encouraged to visit NatureSpace to learn how you can reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Saturday Alive! Waste Not
Saturday, April 22, 11:00 AM
Anniston Museum of Natural History


In honor of Earth Day, April’s Saturday Alive! will take place outdoors in the Tree House. During Saturday
Alive! Waste Not we will discover how nature recycles and does the extraordinary with all living and dead
things. Waste Not will showcase a variety of live animals and how they keep the Earth clean. This program is free with paid admission. Members are free. Seating is limited.

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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.

General Refund Policy: 
We prefer that  a refund request be in writing (email will do) to include name and address.  We have to have this info for the City to issue a check.  
The request must be submitted two week prior to the event for a refund. 
There is no refund for transactions less than $10 per person

Winter Market Weekend of Arts & Crafting 
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


Just in time for Christmas shopping season, this two-day public sale features the work of a variety of artisans and craftspeople. Meet the artists and talk with them about their work, pick up one-of-a-kind gifts for friends and family, or treat yourself to something unique. 

New this year - Crafting classes on Saturday & Sunday! 

Basketweaving with Dixie Weavers Guild
Saturday, 10 am - 2 pm
Make your own "catch-all" basket with the choice of accent colors. Cost: $50 includes a sack lunch

Gift Tags & Pine Cone Birds with Molle Powers Connell
Saturdaym 10 am (gift tags) & 11 am (birds)
Create decorative holiday accents. Great for parents and children, ages 8+. Cost: $10 for each class

Felt Jewelry Making with Cheryl Cameron
Sunday, 1-3 pm
Make your own necklace, bracelet, and earrings in an Auburn, Alabama, or Christmas motif. Cost: $60 

Hand-bound Book Making with Mo Fiorella
Sunday, 2-4 pm
Make your own book while learning various techniques. Cost: $30. Please bring small, sharp tipped scissors, a pen/pencil, and glue stick. 

FREE to browse.

Snuggle Up & Hibernate
November 22nd, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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.

General Refund Policy: 
We prefer that a refund request be in writing (email will do) to include name and address.  We have to have this info for the City to issue a check.  
The request must be submitted two week prior to the event for a refund. 
There is no refund for transactions less than $10 per person

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


General Refund Policy: 
We prefer that a refund request be in writing (email will do) to include name and address. We have to have this info for the City to issue a check.  
The request must be submitted two week prior to the event for a refund. 
There is no refund for transactions less than $10 per person


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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