Anniston Museums & Gardens

February 2023
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Wild About You! Family Valentine’s Dance

We are WILD ABOUT YOU at the Anniston Museums and Gardens! Celebrate Valentine’s Day with us on Friday, February 10, from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Enjoy a fun family night filled with dancing, singing, sweets, and more! Chow down on pizza, chicken fingers, fruits and veggies, and satisfy your sweet tooth. Music will be provided by Acosta Entertainment. Anniston Museum of Natural History’s exhibit halls will be open, so you can Explore Your World, meet live animal ambassadors, and make new museum memories! Tickets are SOLD OUT! ...
10 Feb
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Anniston Museum of Natural History
800 Museum Dr, Anniston, AL 36206
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Creature Feature

Did you know that the Anniston Museums and Gardens is home to a variety of live reptiles, mammals, and birds? Make plans to join us in the exhibit halls on the second Saturday of each month between 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm to meet and learn about one of our animal ambassadors. You never know who will be featured! This program is included in museum admission and free for members. ...
11 Feb
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Anniston Museum of Natural History
800 Museum Dr, Anniston, AL 36206
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Forgotten Figures: Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month with us at the Berman Museum as we focus on the lives of significant figures in the Black community! Join us as we remember individuals whose actions helped bring about positive change in the world through an informative presentation and up-close artifacts from our collection. This program is included in museum admission and free for members. ...
12 Feb
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Berman Museum Auditorium
840 Museum Dr, Anniston, AL 36206
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Little Explorers A to Z Preschool Class

Children ages 3½ to 5, along with a parent or caregiver, are invited to join our Education team each Tuesday as we encourage curiosity, exploration, and learning through play with stories, activities, and crafts about the natural world. Following the program, parents and caregivers are encouraged to explore the museum with their child and learn more about the day’s topic in the exhibit halls. A new topic will be explored each week and animal ambassadors will drop in periodically to help out! This program is included in museum admission and free for members. *Younger siblings are welcome, but all activities are geared toward older preschool aged children. ...
14 Feb
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Anniston Museum of Natural History
800 Museum Dr, Anniston, AL 36206
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Plant Sale

Third Thursday is Plant Sale Day! Support the growth of the Longleaf Botanical Gardens and your green thumb by purchasing plants. We have a variety of trees, shrubs, native species, tropicals, and more! *There are no Third Thursday Plant Sales in April or December ...
16 Feb
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Longleaf Botanical Gardens
920 Museum Drive, Anniston, AL 36206
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A Plantsman and His Plants Guest Speaker: Robert Wilson

Join us in February when Robert Wilson of Lynchburg, TN shares some of coolest, hard to find plants from his micronursery. Robert likes to play with and propagate those plants that are new, few, and rarely seen at basic plant nurseries. After his talk, Robert will offer a selection of his plants for sale! It’s a perfect time to add something interesting to your garden or landscape. Robert Wilson is a native Tennessean and currently resides in Lynchburg, TN. Robert has been involved with horticulture since 1995 and has been enthralled with plants ever since. Currently he has a small home garden and nursery. He manages a few private properties in Monteagle and Sewanee, TN. Robert’s wife Emily and their herd of cats consume whatever leftover free time he can manage. His hobbies include weird plants, fishing, and watering- and of course music, all day everyday! This program is $5/person. AM&G members are free. Pre-register online or call 256-237-6766. https://7536.blackbaudhosting.com/7536/A-Plantsman-and-His-Plants ...
16 Feb
12:00 pm
Longleaf Botanical Gardens
920 Museum Drive, Anniston, AL 36206
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43rd annual Heritage Festival: 43 Years of Poetry Celebration

This February, we invite the community to the 43rd annual Heritage Festival! Celebrate Black History Month with us all day by encouraging our community’s youth during the oration competition, enjoying a special choir performance, shopping African-inspired vendors, and touring the Anniston Museum of Natural History and Berman Museum! Festival Coordinator Georgia Calhoun declared this year’s theme as 43 Years of Poetry Celebration. Food vendors will be on-site with delicious food options available for purchase. This community event is perfect for people of all ages! Register your child to compete in the 43rd annual Heritage Festival Oration Competition. Download the registration form and email it to swoolmaker@annistonal.gov or visit Anniston Museum of Natural History. This special event provides children from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 the opportunity to develop public speaking skills and strengthen their love for reading, writing, and poetry. Review the Oration Competition Application for details. Registration forms are due by end of day Saturday, February 11, 2023. All oration competition participants receive $10.00, a participation ribbon, and a one-year Family Membership to the Anniston Museums and Gardens. Monetary prizes and ribbons are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place of each category during the Awards Ceremony. To become a 43rd annual Heritage Festival sponsor, please contact Sarah Woolmaker at swoolmaker@annistonal.gov or call 256-237-6261. Thank you for your support! Interested in becoming a vendor at the 43rd annual Heritage Festival? Contact Angie Dothard at adothard@annistonmuseum.org or call 256-237-6766. Vendor space is limited. Vendor fee is $40 per business and includes an 8-foot table and two chairs. ...
18 Feb
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Longleaf Botanical Gardens
920 Museum Drive, Anniston, AL 36206
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On Eagle’s Wings: The Amazing World of Eagles Guest Speaker: Mandy Pearson, CSP Naturalist

Have you ever wondered what makes an eagle so majestic? With their razor-sharp beaks, piercing talons, and carnivorous diet, eagles are the fiercest predators in the Alabama skies. This powerful bird of prey has inspired birders, scientists, and society for centuries! Join guest speaker Cheaha State Park Naturalist, Mandy Pearson, as she teaches about these incredible creatures and their important role in our ecosystem. You will even have a chance to meet a live bird of prey! This program is included in museum admission and free for members. ...
18 Feb
1:00 pm
Anniston Museum of Natural History
800 Museum Dr, Anniston, AL 36206
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Hometown Heroes and the Civil Rights Connection Interactive Presentation Guest Presenter: Park Ranger Jessica Epperson

Have you ever thought about issues that you are willing to fight for and what that would look like? What are some ways that our neighbors have done so in the past? How does this relate to the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama? Join us as we explore these questions in this interactive presentation with AM&G Education staff in collaboration with the Freedom Riders National Monument and Park Ranger Jessica Epperson. This program is included in museum admission and free for members. ...
18 Feb
3:00 pm
Berman Museum Auditorium
840 Museum Dr, Anniston, AL 36206
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Little Explorers A to Z Preschool Class

Children ages 3½ to 5, along with a parent or caregiver, are invited to join our Education team each Tuesday as we encourage curiosity, exploration, and learning through play with stories, activities, and crafts about the natural world. Following the program, parents and caregivers are encouraged to explore the museum with their child and learn more about the day’s topic in the exhibit halls. A new topic will be explored each week and animal ambassadors will drop in periodically to help out! This program is included in museum admission and free for members. *Younger siblings are welcome, but all activities are geared toward older preschool aged children. ...
21 Feb
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Anniston Museum of Natural History
800 Museum Dr, Anniston, AL 36206
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Saturday Alive!

Join us for a guest favorite – Saturday Alive! Each month we’ll discuss a new topic and introduce you to several of our animal ambassadors. There is always something fun to learn at the Anniston Museums and Gardens! This program is included with daily admission and free for members. ...
25 Feb
1:00 pm
Anniston Museum of Natural History
800 Museum Dr, Anniston, AL 36206
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Little Explorers A to Z Preschool Class

Children ages 3½ to 5, along with a parent or caregiver, are invited to join our Education team each Tuesday as we encourage curiosity, exploration, and learning through play with stories, activities, and crafts about the natural world. Following the program, parents and caregivers are encouraged to explore the museum with their child and learn more about the day’s topic in the exhibit halls. A new topic will be explored each week and animal ambassadors will drop in periodically to help out! This program is included in museum admission and free for members. *Younger siblings are welcome, but all activities are geared toward older preschool aged children. ...
28 Feb
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Anniston Museum of Natural History
800 Museum Dr, Anniston, AL 36206
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