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Fernbank Museum to Participate in the Atlanta Science Festival with All-New Programs

ATLANTA, February 27, 2018—Fernbank Museum of Natural History will participate in the 2018 Atlanta Science Festival with onsite programs including ecological explorations, a special film screening and guided nature walks. The Atlanta Science Festival is an annual, two-week public celebration of local science and technology developed to expand our community of science enthusiasts and inspire a new generation of curious thinkers.

Fernbank will kick off its collaboration with ASF on Saturday, March 17 with its first-ever BioBlitz. A BioBlitz is an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. Fernbank BioBlitzers will join expert guides as they identify organisms in WildWoods and Fernbank Forest, and share those discoveries with the help of the iNaturalist mobile app. Also on March 17, visitors can enjoy a Fernbank Forest Bird Walk with a volunteer from the Atlanta Audubon Society. This guided tour will showcase the feathered inhabitants of Fernbank Forest, both permanent residents and visitors. The program is excellent for beginning birders or those desiring gentle terrain.

On Sunday, March 18, Fernbank will host a Bride of Frankenstein Screening and Discussion, in honor of the 200th Anniversary of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. This program will feature Emory bioethicist and Director of the Center for Ethics, Paul Root Wolpe; and author, filmmaker and media historian, Eddy Von Mueller, in a discussion on science and ethics related to the film. Bride of Frankenstein—a rare sequel considered to be greater than the original—poses questions about the limits of science, the manipulation of life, and the ethical responsibility of the scientist.

To cap off the celebration of science, Fernbank will offer a Fernbank Forest Wildflower Tour on Thursday, March 22. Participants on the tour will explore the diversity of native wildflowers in Fernbank Forest, a 65-acre mature mixed-hardwood forest located in the heart of metro-Atlanta. With the help of a Fernbank scientist, guests will learn to identify plants by their leaves and flowers.

All programs are presented in conjunction with the Atlanta Science Festival.

Additionally, The Secret World Inside You will also be on view to guests with Museum admission through May 6, 2018. A special exhibit from the American Museum of Natural History, The Secret World Inside You introduce guests to the millions of microbes that crawl on your skin, swim in your gut, travel through your intestines and work to keep you healthy every day.

Using larger-than-life models, videos, interactive experiences, unique games, and immersive displays, guests will discover what and where these microbes are, how they help us, how we sometimes disrupt them, and how we can work with them to make our lives better than ever.


BioBlitz: March 17, 2018 at 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Included with Museum admission and free for members. Space is limited and advance reservations are required at 404.929.6400. Each timed session lasts for approximately 1.5 hours. You may sign up for multiple sessions at no extra cost. Suitable for ages 10 and up and not suitable for strollers.

Fernbank Forest Bird Walk: Saturday, March 17, 2018, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Included with Museum admission, and free for Fernbank members and Atlanta Audubon Society members. Space is limited to 25 people and advance reservations are required at 404.929.6400. All ages are welcome. Program is held rain or shine, but may be cancelled in cases of severe weather. We recommend participants bring binoculars, field guides and water. Once the walk begins, participants must remain with the group for the duration of the program.

Bride of Frankenstein Screening and Discussion: Sunday, March 18, 2018, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Free; advance reservations required at 404.929.6400. Bride of Frankenstein is rated TV-PG. Film will be presented in Fernbank's Frances Wood Wilson Foundation Theater and will not be in giant screen format. Screening tickets do not include Museum or Giant Screen Theater admission.

Fernbank Forest Wildflower Tour: Thursday, March 22, 2018, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Included with Museum admission, and free for Fernbank members and Atlanta Audubon Society members. Space is limited to 25 people and advance reservations are required at 404.929.6400. This tour is for ages 8 and up. Children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult and this program is not suitable for strollers.

The Secret World Inside You: February 10 – May 6, 2018* during Museum hours. Free with Museum admission and CityPASS. Members free. The Secret World Inside You is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York ( Local support for science education is provided by UCB with additional support from the Frances Wood Wilson Foundation.

*Dates subject to change without notice.