Summer Science Fest 

August 1 - September 7, 2020 

Countdown to the final days of summer with featuring a variety of daily programs, activities, challenges, and giveaways*, plus special themes exploring some of our favorite natural history topics on select Saturdays. There’s even a special evening event just for adults!  

Daily Adventures 

As you explore three floors of engaging exhibits and 75 acres of outdoor adventures, be sure to check out our featured daily add-ons, including animal encounters, science demos, outdoor nature explorations, giveaways, photo ops and more as you earn cool rewards and safely get your science on.   

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Discovery Themes 

Bugs & Insects

Bugs & Insects

Saturday, August 1, 10am – 2pm

Discover the amazing world of bugs and insects as you experience live bug and insect encounters, explore their habitats, play Bug Bingo, check-in on Bug Hotel visitors, examine invertebrate critters under a microscope, enjoy a bug-themed story time and more. 

Sharks & Friends

Saturday, August 8, 10am – 2pm

Kick off “Shark Week” as you explore the world of sharks and other sea creatures. Wear your favorite shark- or ocean-themed attire on an expedition to examine biofacts, meet a live alligator and terrapin, enjoy a shark-themed story time, “walk the plank” among circling shark fins, explore shells from around the world, take home a free crab hat** and more.

Dino Day

Saturday, August 15, 10am – 2pm

Sink your teeth into all things dinosaur featuring live reptile encounters, take part in special dinosaur talks, earn a prize by completing a dinosaur scavenger hunt, play fun games, hear a dino-mite story, and fill your Insta with great photo ops and more.

Weather & Space

Saturday, August 22, 10am – 2pm

The forecast calls for fun and excitement during this special program highlighting the science of weather and space. Learn about planets, explore weather systems, challenge yourself against the forces of nature, blast off with a Fernbank scientist in a special program and more.

More programming to be announced!  

Adults-Only Fun 

Fernbank After Dark***

Friday, August 14, 7pm – 11pm

Enjoy after-hours access to outdoor trails and nature experiences in WildWoods; all indoor museum exhibits, including Our Senses: Our Senses: An Immersive Experience; scavenger hunts; trivia; and live music by BJ Wilbanks.

Cost: Unless noted, all Summer Science Fest activities are Included with museum admission. Members FREE.  

*Dates and Topics Subject to Change 

**Limited quantities, available while supplies last. Limited to 1 per person, max 2 per family. 

**Separate ticket purchase required.