Join us at the North Museum for our Bees, Birds, and Butterflies weekends starting on September 15! Enjoy Q & A sessions with the experts, flutter in to our special preschool programs, and get creative with our nature journaling classes!
Saturday, September 15
It’s All About the Bees!
STEM Storytime10 am – 12 pm Bizz and Buzz Make Honey Buns Come out with your preschool aged children and hear the story of Bizz and Buzz! After the story is over, stick around for activities related to the story led by our STEM Educator. Make a paper plate bee, learn about the life cycle of a bee, and build a honeycomb and fill it with pollen!
Nature Journaling with Carol Welsh10 am – 4 pm
Led by an art educator, learn about nature and the world around us through art. Fun for all ages, learn new techniques and discover the beauty in science and nature through nature journaling. Create a fantastic piece of art that you can take home!
LIVE Bee Hive ObservationAll Day
Observe our live bee hive in the Explore Nature Gallery. Find the Queen and watch as the bees go about their tasks. Look to see if you can find pollen on their legs and honey in their combs!
Saturday, September 22
Drop In Q & A Session10 am – 2 pm
Leon and Jane Shreffler, long time volunteers in our collections with vast expertise in ornithology, will be hosting a drop in talk in our Lower Level. Stop in, listen, and ask all the questions you’ve been waiting to ask about our collections and our birds. The Shrefflers will be sharing their enormous wealth of knowledge with our guests from 10 until 2 in an informal Q&A session. Come downstairs and learn why our Lower Level is such a hidden gem through experts who have nurtured it. You may even get a glimpse of a few of our items not currently on display!
Bird BINGOAll Day
All weekend there will be a special Bird Bingo game. Explore the entire Museum and see who can get BINGO first!
Birds in the Explore Nature GalleryAll Day
Bring the younger ones into the Nature Gallery and discover new books all about birds! Listen to the bird sounds and try to match the birds to their calls, and use the binoculars to observe our nature garden and see if you can spot any birds.
Saturday, September 29
Beautiful, Beneficial Butterflies!
Butterfly Presentation and Q & A12 pm – 3 pm
Fred Habegger, president of the Butterfly Club will present a Power Point and hold a Q&A session. Several of our butterfly collection pieces will be on display to look at and identify, as well. Learn from a long time observer and expert all about our beautiful butterfly friends; find out what native plants attract different species, how to identify butterflies, and which species you can expect to see here in Lancaster County.
Art Class with Carol Welsh12 pm – 3 pm
After the butterfly presentation join Carol in painting some amazing butterflies! Using the two dimensional pictures provided and the three dimensional collections items craft a lovely art piece to take home.
Little Explorer and Me10 am – 12 pm
Missed our Wednesday Little Explorer and Me? Now we will be hosting a repeat on Saturdays for the busy caretakers who may not be able to come during the week! Led by our STEM Educator, this drop in program teaches preschool aged children basic STEM concepts through play. Through activities that are easily replicable at home, children learn about science, motor skills, counting, and so much more in a setting that allows them to interact with children their own age and engage in meaningful play. Chat with other caretakers and enjoy a cup of coffee in a relaxed setting while encouraging your Little Explorer to learn new skills!
Insect Collection and Informal Q & A with Donna Cranston12 pm – 3 pm
Join us in the Explore Nature Gallery for a look at the extensive insect collection of our fantastic volunteer, Donna Cranston. Learn how she gathered her specimens, ask questions, and discover how it relates to her career in a STEM profession! Drop in to the Nature Gallery and explore insect collection with an expert!