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This week at the museum

Children's Program
rain or shine ... it's reading time
March 26, 2014 :  10:30 A.M. - May 28, 2014 :  11:15 A.M.

Location:  Kids' Cove
Description:   Wednesdays:  March 26, April 9 & 30, May 14 & 28 
Read a story with Museum staff and visit a special exhibit to learn more about New York State.  Meet outside of Kids Cove. Free program for  Preschoolers.

story art
April 04, 2014 :  11:00 A.M. - May 02, 2014 :  11:45 A.M.

Location:  Kids' Cove
Description:   Fridays:April 4, May 2
Enjoy the Museum by listening to a story, exploring objects from the teaching collection and creating a fun art project. Themes will be announced on the day of the program. Pick up tickets at the main lobby desk for this free toddler and preschooler program.

furry tales and touchables
April 05, 2014 :  11:00 A.M. - June 07, 2014 :  11:45 A.M.

Location:  Discovery Place
Description:   Saturdays: April 5, May 3, June 7. Stories come to Life as youngsters touch real animals skins, bones, plants and more while listening to a different storybook each reading time. Meet in Discovery Place. Recommended for children ages 4 to 6 years of age. Free program.

jr mad science museum
April 27, 2014 :  1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Registration:  Please register for this program no later than the Thursday before the program is offered. Contact Hatti at 518-486-4845 or e-mail at hlangsfo@mail.nysed.gov
Location:  Classroom 4
Description:   Registration required. Free program
Join a museum educator for games, experiments and interactive animations for fun, science based activities related to the Museum’s collection, scientific research and exhibitions.
  • Sunday, April 27: Something Fishy: Examine fish and measure speciation characteristics, did we find a new species? This is real science in action! Recommended for ages 8 to 10 years old.


mad science museum
April 27, 2014 :  3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Registration:  Please register for this program no later than the Thursday before the program is offered. Contact Hatti at 518.486.4845 or email at hlangsfo@mail.nysed.gov
Location:  Classroom 4
Description:   Registration required οΎͺ FREE
Join a museum educator for games, experiments and interactive animations for fun, science based activities related to the Museum’s collection, scientific research and exhibitions.
  • Sunday, April 27: Something Fishy: Examine fish and measure speciation characteristics, did we find a new species? This is real science in action! Recommended for ages 11 and up.


Family Program
creative art day
April 12, 2014 :  1:00 P.M. - May 10, 2014 :  3:00 P.M.

Location:  Classroom 2-3
Description:   Families are welcome to join Museum art instructor Peggy Steinbach for a creative activity based on a Museum exhibition. April 12:CANstruction, 4th floor. Design and CANstruct. Using a variety colors and shapes of cans, create a 2-D or 3-D CANstruction storytown design. A Can-Do creative project for all ages. May 10: Focus On Nature XIII, Photography Gallery. Choose your art assignment: become a book illustrator, book cover artist or a poster designer for conservation. For more information, call 518-473-7154 or e-mail psteinba@mail.nysed.gov

family fun day
April 19, 2014 :  1:00 P.M. - May 17, 2014 :  4:00 P.M.

Location:  Museum Exhibit Galleries
Description:   On the 3rd Saturday of every month the Museum offers fun for the whole family with games, crafts, and other theme-based activities. April 19: Hungry for a Good Story? CANstruction can help! May 17: Butterflies

Music Event
music jam
March 20, 2014 :  12:00 P.M. - May 29, 2014 :  2:00 P.M.

Location:  Fourth Floor - Terrace
Description:   Every Thursday.   Take a lunch-time musical break or join the musicians as they play acoustic music inspired by the Celtic tradition of jigs, reels, waltzes, hornpipes, and marches, as well as occasional popular songs, jazz standards, and early music. All levels of skill on any acoustic instruments are welcome. Please bring several copies of sheet music for those who do not play by ear or for the tunes that are not commonly known. For more information, e-mail pkernan@mail.nysed.gov or call 518-486-2024.

This week at the museum
Film
cinema sunday: f d r
May 04, 2014 :  2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Location:  Huxley Theater
Description:   The policies and persona of Franklin Roosevelt set the cast of the modern presidency. He was unquestionalbly the most vital figure in the nation, and perhaps the world, during his 13 years in the White House. Engendering both admiration and scorn, FDR exerted unflinching leadership during the most tumultuous period in the nations history since the Civil War. This is part of the collection: The Presidents.

Lecture
n y s museum geology lecture series: carbon sequestration in new york state: a decade of research
April 30, 2014 :  7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Location:  Huxley Theater
Description:   Most scientists agree that greenhouse gasses such as carbon dioxide (CO2) are a major contributor to global climate change. The geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide has emerged as one of the leading methods for reducing the emission of greenhouse gases. For the past 10 years New York State Museum geologists have worked on several projects that investigate the potential for carbon sequestration in New York State. Join museum geologist Brian Slater as he discusses some of these studies and how each presents its own unique challenges.

history of a hoax or museum specimen? the science and history behind the fee-gee mermaid
May 14, 2014 :  7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Location:  Huxley Theater
Description:   Learn about the science and history behind one of the New York State Museum's most alluring and mysterious artifacts, the Fee-Gee Mermaid. P.T. Barnum created and displayed a Fee-Gee Mermaid in 1842 which intrigued audience members until the museum burned in 1865. Because of its popularity, other Fee-Gee Mermaids made their appearance as popular sideshow attractions all over the country. Senior Historian, Dr. Jennifer Lemak, and Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology, Dr. Robert Feranac will discuss the science and history behind the Museum's actual mermaid and other examples of metaphoric creatures. The Mermaid will be on display for all to see!

n y s museum research and collections lecture series: aquatic invasive species of new york, denise mayar
June 04, 2014 :  7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Location:  Huxley Theater
Description:   Many of the most common plants and animals that thrive in New York's lakes and rivers are non-native and these species can significantly impact the recreational opportunities and ecology within these water-bodies. Efforts to prevent, monitor, and control invasive species can be challenging and costly, yet some private and public organizations have embraced this challenge successfully through education and shear determination. Case studies will be described and the historic, present, and future of aquatic invasive species in New York will be discussed.

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