Let the adventure begin! Get ready to explore the nooks and crannies of a multi-level clubhouse. Shimmy up spiraling netting to discover the insides of a mighty red oak tree. Walk through a virtual waterfall and investigate the rock work and live animals behind it.
We got a first look at the new Nature Quest exhibit at Fernbank and let me just tell you, it is awesome! Immediately upon walking into the exhibit both Meghan and I were totally awestruck by how cool it was. Our kids were even more excited!
The first thing we noticed when we walked in was the clubhouse and the ocean section but we quickly discovered there was many different sections to explore. With sections like an Estuary and Forest (and many more) labeled out to explore there was plenty to do. Visitors can climb up a tree and cross elevated rope bridges for an aerial view of the immense expedition that awaits. Special interactive opportunities exist in every nook and cranny. Highlights include “night vision binoculars” that reveal the landscapes and inhabitants in the twilight hours; a realistic archaeology dig with layered
artifacts for exploration; a traversable cave filled with fossils, geodes, echoes and speleothems; a magic mirror that brings objects placed in front of it to life, including an acorn that grows into a tree and a fossilized trilobite that suddenly stirs again after 500 million years; a simulated river that ripples as you cross and scatters with fish when you “splash;” and much more.
The learning experience provides many unique layers of content for children of all learning and skill levels as well as opportunities for families to explore together. Unlike traditional exhibits, Fernbank NatureQuest appeals to the senses, using sound, touch, and sight instead of didactic text to immerse and engage kids in the natural world. As children explore the habitats of Georgia, what might seem like play is actually a rich educational experience.
Here is a video tour just for Atlanta Moms on the Move readers!
Join Fernbank Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20 for a Grand Opening Celebration! Don’t miss this weekend of fun and excitement featuring appearances by the Georgia Bubbleman, Curious George and a dragon mascot; games for the whole family; a giant inflatable alligator slide; and rockin’ tunes from the B98.5 FM Street Team (Saturday only) and DJ Willy Wow (Sunday only). Included with Museum admission. Free for members.
We can’t wait for you to begin the “Quest!” and see just how much fun it is!