The Pember Nature Preserve, donated to the Pember Library and Museum in 1979, encompasses 125 acres of forest, wetland and fields on both sides of Black Creek, a tributary of the Battenkill. The mission of the Pember Nature Preserve is to provide a refuge for the region's native wildlife and plant species.
Over two miles of trails wind through the Preserve, marked by a system of blazes and wooden signs. Visitors to the marsh walk on elevated walkways and a footbridge is over Black Creek. An observation platform at the edge of Black Creek allows people to observe wetland wildlife. In 1987, at the Granville School District deeded the Porter Schoolhouse to the Pember Library and Museum for use as a nature education center. The neglected one room schoolhouse has been restored and has been in use as a classroom since 1990. The Porter Schoolhouse is one point of entry to the Preserve; the other is located at the south side of the Preserve on South Grimes Hill Road.
The Pember Nature Preserve is located eight miles south of Granville on Route 22. The Preserve is under the umbrella organization of the Pember and the Museum staff function also as the Preserve staff.
Eight nature trails are available for use at the Preserve, open year round from dawn to dusk. Individual walks range from .25 miles to almost 2 miles, varying from easy strolls to moderate hikes. Trail maps are available at both entrances to the Preserve and at the Pember Museum. No emergency telephone, toilet or drinking water facilities are available at the Preserve.
Please observe these rules while visiting the Pember Nature Preserve:
- No hunting, trapping or fishing
- No motor vehicles of any kind
- No horses or pets on trails
- No picnics, camping or fires
- No collecting, picking of flowers or digging of plants
2018 August-October Nature Programs at the historic Porter Schoolhouse - 6937 NY 22, Granville (East Hebron)
Beth Moser-Duquette is a nature lover with a degree from Castleton State University in the field of Natural Science, an Art Degree from The A.I. of Philadelphia and Vermont Library Certification. She will be presenting programs at the Schoolhouse beginning June 3 through October 7 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. She will be sharing the following: her enthusiasm for the outdoors, odd facts of species, and Art & Science with a focus on our ecosystem. Rain or shine.
All programs are no cost. Programs start when you arrive, lasts about an hour and includes a hands-on activity. The facility will be open from 11:00am to 3:00pm for visitors but the last program begins at 2:00pm.
Aug 5, 11:00am – 2:00pm – Marshes
Come learn about the benefits of a marsh ecosystem. Did you know that some organisms live primarily on decaying vegetation? A hands-on activity will be included. There are several types of wetlands: swamps, marshes, bogs, and fens. Beth will be teaching the benefits of our ecosystem & what may look like a rotting log to some, mushy, decaying and dark. A Bog is an essential part of our wetlands as it promotes growth, food and homes for many of our microorganisms and many of our aquatic animals reside near the bogs. Marshes are similar and within the swamp you will learn the differences of each. Then grab a map and take a hike on our trails to discover microorganisms along the way.
Aug 12, 11:00am – 2:00pm – Geology Rocks
Get out from under that rock and stop by to explore what’s on the floor. Did you know the glaciers came through Hebron NY and up through the valley? The ledges on the trails tell a story and the natural history of our area is an ecologically balanced and complex piece of the puzzle. Throughout history the moving and shaping of earth has transformed many wonders that continue to be researched. A craft activity will follow the program.
SATURDAY Aug 18, 10:00am – 12:00pm – Butterflies & Beetles Hike
Join the Pember for a Butterflies & Beetles guided hike for all ages. We’ll explore both species and discuss our responsibilities for these migrating insects. We'll look up and lift rocks and logs. Let’s discover what's happening when these important species need to adapt to our climate change.
Our “Winged Migration” is not only birds but many animals in the classification called the “Kingdom.” Let’s discover why each species flies to its geographic location.
How can we do our part to keep our natural world healthy?
Aug 19, 11:00am – 2:00pm – Tracks & Trails
Beth will share ways of identifying prints left in dirt or soil and identifying scat. Discover what’s travelling the trails during the night. A game camera is going to be on the trails and there will be a presentation of the findings.
From size, shape, color, traces or markings, animals come in all shapes and sizes. Explore the unusual ways of how Mammals poop. Know a Turkey scrap to a buck rub, to a snail’s crawl and a foxes call. There are so many ways to figure out who’s in your backyard by what the animal has left behind. Walk the Nature trails and discover who or what was in the path. A hands-on activity will be included in the program.
Aug 26, 11:00am – 2:00pm – Reptiles & Amphibians
Come discover and learn the important role these slithery and slimy creatures have in our region. Why does the Red-Eft/Newt return to its original birthplace and why do turtles travel when they do? Stop by and learn the differences of a turtle to a tortoise and a snake to a salamander. Discover the unique characteristics and differences. Herpetofauna is the study of Reptiles and Amphibians. Although some are similar, what makes them connect to water, marshes or bogs or all of them?
SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER PROGRAMS
Sept 9, 11:00am - 2:00pm - Mammals
Stop in to discover Endodermal vs. Ectothermal and which one defines a mammal. What mammals are dwelling at the Preserve? When one animal populates an area, what other animal helps keep this mammal under control? What are the benefits of harvesting predator vs. prey? What happens if one animal stays or another leaves?
Sept 16, 11:00am – 2:00pm – Climate Change
Our environment is trying to tell us something, whether it is global warming or another transition or Earth shouting out and asking for help. What are the signs of a good eco-system? Come learn about Climate Change and what we can do to help protect our planet.
SATURDAY, Sept 22, 10:00am – 12:00pm – Tree Talk & Walk
There is a lot of diversity amongst the canopy, is it a conifer or deciduous tree? Leaves are changing and trees are going to rest as fall approaches. From Birch to Butternut, we’ll explore the area of the West Trail. Wear your comfy shoes and long pants. Meet at South Grimes Hill Road entrance.
Sept 23, 11:00am – 2:00pm – Turning Leaves
Our season is changing to fall. Learn about the ways a plant goes dormant to learning why the leaves change when they do. Explore the resources of certain species of trees. Learn to identify the leaves in your own backyard.
Sept 30, 11:00am – 2:00pm – Wings, Migration & Hibernation
What’s happening in the woods and around our homes? What are the animals doing to get ready for the colder season? We’ll explore and touch wings! From flightless birds to soaring birds, come discover the ways and means of how birds migrate.
Oct 7, 11:00am – 2:00pm – Hibernation, continued (last program)
What’s happening in the woods and around our homes? What are the animals doing to get ready for the colder season?