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 2018

Third Thursday in the Gardens
Basic Native Tree Identification
Thursday, January 18, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
LBG Classroom


In this class, Dr. David West will talk about basic tree identification in the James P. Roberts Classroom at Longleaf Botanical Gardens. Attendees will learn basic skills for identifying about 20 native trees that occur in the woodlands of central Alabama. Utilizing and understanding a tree key will help you in identifying numerous species while learning botanical terms and characteristics.

To reserve your spot, call Anniston Museum at 256-237-6766. Reservations are required. Cost is $5.00 per person and free to members. Payment is to be made at time of reservation.

Saturday Alive! Reptiles
Saturday, January 20, 11:00 AM
AMNH Auditorium


Join Anniston Museum of Natural History for an exciting glimpse into the world of reptiles. Meet various reptiles from all over the world and learn what makes them different from others of their kind, such as special adaptations or funny behavior!

This program is free with paid museum admission. Members are free.
 
Rescheduled Program:
Winter Scavenger Hike on Longleaf Trail
Sunday, January 21, 2:00 PM
LBG Classroom and Longleaf Trail


Join us for a family scavenger hike on the Longleaf Trail where participants will look for listed nature items located on the trail. The Longleaf Trail is 1/3 mile long and has slight elevation changes. The families that complete the hike will take home a tree for planting!

Meet in the lobby at LBG. In case of inclement weather, the program will be rescheduled. This program is limited to 20 family units. To reserve your spot, call the Anniston Museum at 256-237-6766. Reservations are required. Cost is $5.00 per family unit and free to members. Payment is to be made at the time of registration.
 

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February  2018

LBG Gourd Birdhouse Workshop
Saturday, February 10, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
AMNH Classroom


Welcome spring birds to your yard with a hand-painted gourd birdhouse. Peggy Mayo will conduct a workshop on Saturday, February 10, 2018, to help you create your own gourds. Supplies and painting instructions will be supplied.

Peggy has been working with gourds for seventeen years and has exhibited and sold her creations at many galleries and craft events. Wear your painting clothes and join us for a fun workshop.

To reserve your spot, call Anniston Museum at 256-237-6766. Reservations are required. Cost is $35.00 for non-members and $30.00 for members. Payment is to be made at time of reservation.

Saturday Alive! Birds of Prey
Saturday, February 10, 1:00 PM
AMNH Auditorium


What’s that in the sky? Come find out at Anniston Museum of Natural History’s Saturday Alive! Birds of Prey show! Meet raptors from all over the United States, of different shapes and sizes! Visitors will learn what makes birds of prey such incredible hunters, what makes these creatures different from each other, and how to deal with an injured bird of prey.

This program is free with paid museum admission. Members are free.

Third Thursday in the Gardens
Native Azalea 101
Thursday, February 15, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
LBG Classroom


This program is presented by Hayes Jackson in the James P. Roberts Education Classroom of the Longleaf Botanical Gardens and will delve into all the native azalea species of the southeastern USA and the numerous hybrids available from area nurseries. Whether you are a beginner or a gardener that needs a brush up on available selections and cultivars, this program is for you! Growing native azaleas can be challenging. We will cover the basics and offer some methods to ensure a glorious show of blooms and healthy plants. We will feature some of the Alabama-bred Aromi hybrids that offer heat tolerance and vivid colors. Native azaleas are a must for any central Alabama landscape.

To reserve your spot, call Anniston Museum at 256-237-6766. Reservations are required. Cost is $5.00 per person and free to members. Payment is to be made at time of reservation.

Black Heritage Festival
Saturday, February 17, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
LBG Longleaf Hall


Poems of the Past: Whispers of our Ancestors

Festival Coordinator, Mrs. Georgia Calhoun, returns to organize the longest running Black Heritage Festival in Alabama! Join us the third Saturday in February as we celebrate Black History Month at the Museums and Gardens! The festival begins at 10:00am at the Longleaf Botanical Gardens and includes: Children’s Oration Competition, music, and African-inspired vendors available to shop. Show your festival wristband at the front desk of Anniston Museum of Natural History and Berman Museum for free admission all day Saturday. Baby Boys BBQ will be onsite with lunch available for purchase.

Plan to spend the day with us and Explore Your World through Poetry and the Museums and Gardens!

Interested in registering your child in the Children’s Oration Competition? Speak with your principal for participation forms or stop by Anniston Museum of Natural History to register today!

Vendors looking to sell merchandise? Contact Angie at 256-237-6766 x 310 or email adothard@annistonmuseum.org.
 
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March 2018

Spring Garden Symposium 2018
Thursday, March 15, 8:30 AM - 3:300 PM
Longleaf Botanical Gardens


Theme: Mind, Body, and Garden

Come join us for a day filled with speakers who will discuss the home garden from a slightly different perspective. Gardeners are often overrun by the tasks of maintaining the perfect garden. We want to help make gardening relaxing and a little easier. For the aging, the overworked, or the stressed, the garden or landscape can sometimes overwhelm us with tasks. This symposium will address some of those issues whether it is better garden tools, meditation or reflection time in the garden - or simple garden hacks that remove a bit of stress.

AGENDA
8:30 AM - Registration and Vendor Shopping
9:00 AM - Welcome and Introductions
9:15 AM - Sherry Blanton (Anniston Star’s The Southern Gardener),“Gardening Smarter, Not Harder”
10:00 AM - Mike Rushing (Retired Large Animal Veterinarian, Jefferson County Master Gardener, Birmingham Botanical Gardens Japanese Garden Volunteer, Teaches Master Gardener survey course on trees and shrubs), “Aging in the Garden: Coping With Your Garden As You And Your Garden Mature”
11:00 – 11:15 AM – Break and Vendor Shopping
11:15 AM - Lori Corley (Deputy Director of East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission, Directs the Area Agency on Aging), “Aging Gracefully, It’s a Matter of Balance”
NOON - Lunch
1:00 PM – Patricia Patty (Past President of Alabama Master Gardener Association,) and Hayes Jackson, (Longleaf Botanical Gardens Director and Urban Agent with Alabama Cooperative Extension), “Tools and Tips for the Wiser Gardener”
1:30 PM - Julie Brown (NASA and AFAA Certified Personal Trainer, AFAA Group Exercise Certified), “Yoga in the Garden”
2:15 PM – Hayes Jackson, “Long-lived Plants that Thrive on Neglect”
3:00 PM – Support Our Vendors!

To reserve your spot, call Anniston Museum of Natural History at 256-237-6766. Reservations are required, and if made by March 8, 2018, a box lunch will be included in the cost. No lunch will be provided with later registration. Lunch sandwich choices: ham, turkey, or Mediterranean vegetables. Cost is $25.00 to members and $30.00 to nonmembers. Payment is to be made at the time of registration and may be made by cash, check, and card.

St. Patrick's Day
Saturday, March 17, 1:00 PM
AMNH Auditorium


There are no snakes to be found in Ireland. Have you ever wondered why? Come explore the tale behind this strange fact at Anniston Museum of Natural History’s St. Patrick’s Day program! Visitors will have the opportunity to meet southeastern native live snakes, enjoy festive St. Patrick themed snacks and drinks, and create snake inspired crafts. This program is $5 a family and free for members! Exhibit Hall admission not included. Pre-registration is encouraged. Call 256-237-6766. 

This program will take place in the Auditorium.

Saturday Alive! Ancient Egypt
Saturday, March 24, 11:00 AM 
AMNH Auditorium


Join Anniston Museum as we go back in time to discover the important role animals played in Ancient Egyptian life. Visitors will learn about the relationship between the animal world and the divine world of the gods. Program is free with paid admission. Members are free!

This program will take place in the Auditorium.

Explore Your Animal World
Thursday, March 29, 11:00 AM 
AMNH Outdoor Tree House


Plane tickets might be expensive, but there is no need to purchase one for this Anniston Museum event! Visitors will have the opportunity to Explore Your World and see a variety of animals right here in Calhoun County. This program has it all, from cute and cuddly to scaly or gross! Program is free with paid admission. Members are free.

This program will take place in the Outdoor Tree House. If bad weather arises, it will take place in the AMNH Auditorium.

Shell Dig & Discover
Tuesday, March 27, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Thursday, March 29, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
AMNH Exhibit Halls


Can’t make it to the beach this spring break? Visit Anniston Museum Tuesday, March 27 and Thursday, March 29 between the hours of 1:00 and 3:00 PM and we’ll have the beach waiting for you! The Shell Dig & Discover is designed for children 12 and under; however, all are welcome to dig in the sand. Museum educators will be available to help identify the sea shells discovered and explain how invertebrates in the sea survive. Sea shells must be returned to sand box before leaving the shell dig. 

Activity is free with paid admission. Members are free.

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April  2018

LBG's Annual Plant Sale
Friday, April 6, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday, April 7, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
LBG Greenhouses


Come shop Longleaf Botanical Gardens' Spring Plant Sale! Please bring cash or check for payment. 

Third Thursday in the Gardens
Cooking with Spice
Thursday, April 19, 5:00 - 6:00 PM
LBG Classroom


Bring a friend and join the fun at Longleaf Botanical Garden’s Third Thursday in the Gardens on April 19, from 5:00 until 6:00 p.m. Jordan Acton of The Main Olive, Oxford, AL, will present a program on Cooking With Spice. Jordan will teach unique methods and shortcuts to incorporate different flavored olive oils and balsamic vinegars into our daily cooking, as well as introduce us to new recipes. You will also have the opportunity to taste a sample of selected oils and vinegars.

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

Earth Day
Sunday, April 22, 2:00 PM 
AMNH Outdoor Classroom


This year’s Earth Day theme is “End Plastic Pollution”. Help Anniston Museum bring awareness to plastic pollution and discuss how you can leave a smaller footprint on Earth. We’ll share how a few small steps can help the Earth and the animals that share it with us. Join us for a live animal encounter and bring your own plastic bottle for a special earth day craft!

Program is $5 per family and free for members. Exhibit hall admission is not included. Pre-registration is encouraged. Call 256-237-6766.

This program will take place in the Outdoor Tree House. If bad weather arises, it will take place in the AMNH Auditorium.

Saturday Alive! Awakening Snakes
Saturday, April 28, 11:00 AM 
AMNH Outdoor Tree House


As summer sun heats up the United States, our scaly friends begin to leave their winter homes behind. Join Anniston Museum to learn all about a few of the many snakes that call our country home, from California to Alabama! Visitors will learn how snakes benefit our environment, how to identify the most common venomous and non-venomous snakes in the region, as well as how to deal with a dangerous snake bite! Program is free with paid admission. Members are free.

This program will take place in the Outdoor Tree House. If bad weather arises, it will take place in the AMNH Auditorium.

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May 2018

A Trip to Jim Scott's Garden
Tuesday, May 15, 9:15 AM
Jim Scott's Garden


This fascinating private garden, located on Lake Martin, is only open for group tours a few days each spring. Treat yourself to an unforgettable experience at this botanical paradise. It is a serene, relaxing, humorous, whimsical, classical garden with creative surprises and beautiful plants at every turn. The tour will begin at 9:15 AM. Bring a lunch and do not forget your water, hat, and sunscreen. The paths are of uneven natural stone with some steps. It is recommended to wear laced shoes. Registration is required by calling 256-237-6766. This tour is for ages 18 and up. Guests will need to meet at 136 Shadow Point, Dadeville, AL 36853. There is no cost for this tour.

Third Thursday in the Gardens
Yoga for Gardeners
Thursday, May 17, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
LBG Rotary Room


Gardening is a great way to stay fit and healthy by adding exercise into your regular routine, but the downside of that exercise is that pulling, pushing, bending, and squatting can result in stiffness, poor alignment, and pain. Yoga for Gardeners, taught by Sharon Wilkins, will address these issues with poses that focus on stretching, flexibility, and balance and will begin by bringing your attention into the present with concentration on your breathing. Poses will include the following positions: supine, seated/on hands and knees, and standing.

To reserve your spot, call Anniston Museum at 256-237-6766. Reservations are required and class size is limited to 25 guests. Cost is $5.00 per person and free to members. If you have your own yoga mat, please bring it.

Saturday Alive! Aquatic Animals
Saturday, May 26, 11:00 AM
AMNH Auditorium


Do you enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool when temperatures get a little too high? Certain animals do too! Come learn all about these aquatic critters and how they have adapted to surviving in or around water for their entire lives. This program is free with paid admission. Members are free. Seating is limited.


 

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June 2018

HerpFest 2018
Saturday, June 2, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
AMNH Auditorium


HerpFest began as a collaboration of the Jacksonville State University Biology Department and Anniston Museum of Natural History. Herpetology is the study of reptiles and amphibians and has long been a favorite of the museum. Join us as we recognize all our scaly and slimy friends! Scared of snakes? Attend the festival to get a better understanding of these animals and how beneficial they are to our ecosystem! More of a salamander, turtle, or frog fan? Do not worry; we will have a variety of critters for all to see.

HerpFest 2018 features educational displays and live animals presented by Jacksonville State University, JSU Field Schools from Little River Canyon Center, the Alabama Herpetological Society, Noccalula Falls, and Anniston Museum!

HerpFest is free with paid admission. Admission receipt is ticket to HerpFest. Deano’s Grill will be ON SITE with lunch available for purchase!

Shell Dig & Discover
Tuesdays in June and July, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
AMNH Exhibit Halls


Alabama is known for having a wide diversity of plants and animals, all thanks to the variety of habitats found throughout the state. Join us to explore the sandy shore habitat and learn more about the animals that make their home along the sea floor. The Shell Dig & Discover is designed for children 12 and under; however, all are welcome to dig in the sand! Museum educators will be available at the Discovery Station to help identify the seashells and explain how different invertebrates survive. Seashells must be returned to the sand box before leaving the shell dig.

Activity is free with paid admission. Members are free!

Catch Cheyenne
Thursdays in June and July, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
AMNH Exhibit Halls


Visit us every Thursday afternoon in June and July to “Catch Cheyenne” in our Exhibit Halls! Cheyenne and a surprise live animal will be in a different Exhibit Hall every week to share fun facts about her friend and how the animal relates to the exhibit.

Program is free with paid admission. Members are free!

Saturday Alive! Summertime Behavior
Saturday, June 16, 11:00 AM 
AMNH Auditorium


Animals are waking up from their winter snoozes by the dozens, coming out of burrows and trees to enjoy some long-awaited summer heat! How do these animals adapt to such warm temperatures after the winter months have passed? Come find out at Saturday Alive! Summertime Behavior. Examples of animals from all over the world, including Alabama, will help viewers understand how our furry, scaly, and feathery friends stay cool during these hotsummer months.

This program is free with paid admission. Members are free. Seating is limited. 

Third Thursday in the Gardens
How to Keep Your Box Turtle Friendly
Thursday, June 21, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
LBG Classroom


Box turtles were once common inhabitants of Alabama woodlands and backyards, but populations have decreased over the past decades due to habitat loss, disease, and road mortality. Affectionately known as boxies, these terrestrial turtles are found over a large portion of the eastern and southern United States. Join us to learn about these fascinating creatures and how to keep them healthy and happy in their natural home.

To reserve your spot, call Anniston Museum at 256-237-6766. Reservations are required. Cost is $5.00 per person and free to members.


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July 2018

Shell Dig & Discover
Tuesdays in June and July, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
AMNH Exhibit Halls


Alabama is known for having a wide diversity of plants and animals, all thanks to the variety of habitats found throughout the state. Join us to explore the sandy shore habitat and learn more about the animals that make their home along the sea floor. The Shell Dig & Discover is designed for children 12 and under; however, all are welcome to dig in the sand! Museum educators will be available at the Discovery Station to help identify the seashells and explain how different invertebrates survive. Seashells must be returned to the sand box before leaving the shell dig.

Activity is free with paid admission. Members are free!

Catch Cheyenne
Thursdays in June and July, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
AMNH Exhibit Halls


Visit us every Thursday afternoon in June and July to “Catch Cheyenne” in our Exhibit Halls! Cheyenne and a surprise live animal will be in a different Exhibit Hall every week to share fun facts about her friend and how the animal relates to the exhibit.

Program is free with paid admission. Members are free!

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General Hours and Admission: Valid through Memorial Day 2018

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: NatureSpace 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. 309


General Refund Policy: 
REFUND POLICY: Refund request must be submitted in writing at least two weeks prior to the event. Include your name and address and mail to Anniston Museum of Natural History, Attn: Angie Dothard, 800 Museum Drive, Anniston, AL 36206 or email adothard@annistonmuseum.org. This documentation is required for the City of Anniston to issue the refund check. There is no refund for transactions less than $10.00 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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