5th annual Spring Garden Symposium Engaging with Plant People: The Breeders, the Explorers, & the Collectors

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Join us for Longleaf Botanical Gardens’ 5th annual Spring Garden Symposium! There’s something old, something new, something borrowed, and something in bloom during this year’s symposium! Engage with fellow plant people and discover plants only available from another person’s garden, where to get the greatest and latest plants, and what’s new in the world of horticulture. This year’s Keynote Speaker is the renowned Encore Azalea Breeder, Mr. Buddy Lee. We also have Atlanta Botanical Gardens’ Horticulturist, Ozzie Johnson, and special guests from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Explore the Sensory Garden and shop plant vendors and talented craftspeople between presentations!
To reserve your spot, call 256-237-6766 or register online at www.ExploreAMAG.org. Reservations are required. RSVP by March 8 to receive a box lunch. Lunch is not included if registering after March 8. Complimentary coffee will be available until 10:00 am. Tickets are $45 per person. Anniston Museums and Gardens members receive a $10 discount. Payment is due at registration.

Berman Book Club

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Dig deeper and experience history through the lens of historical fiction. Each month we will enjoy stimulating conversation and view artifacts from the Berman collection that directly relate to that month’s book. History comes to life when we learn the stories behind the events; it’s anything but boring!
Pre-registration is encouraged. Berman Book Club is $8/person and free for members.
March selection: Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History by Antonio Mendez and Matt Baglio
April selection: The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great by Eva Stackniak
May selection: Mother Daughter Traitor Spy by Susan Elia MacNeal

Saturday Alive!

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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.

Hometown Heroes and the Civil Rights Connection Interactive Presentation Guest Presenter: Park Ranger Jessica Epperson

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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.

On Eagle’s Wings: The Amazing World of Eagles Guest Speaker: Mandy Pearson, CSP Naturalist

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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.

43rd annual Heritage Festival: 43 Years of Poetry Celebration

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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.

Plant Sale

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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

Forgotten Figures: Black History Month

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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.

Creature Feature

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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.

Little Explorers A to Z Preschool Class

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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.