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 July 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 mid-October 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. We are in the process of restoring electric to this wonderful little nature center but can still provide programs, trail maps and education while we wait. All programs are no cost. Stop by the schoolhouse any time during our hours of operation to participate in her programs. However, please note that the last class begins at 2:00 p.m.
July 1, 11:00am - 3:00 pm. - Seeds and Such
Stop by during our open hours and Beth, our Naturalist will share the many splendor of seeds from what we plant, sow and eat to what we find as a nuisance. Is it a weed? It may have healthy benefits and be edible, too. We will explore the onsite teaching garden, engage in the history and the origins of seeds and the plants our ancestors brought to the New World. This curriculum will tie in the flora, the fauna, and teach children and families certain plants are ok in some regions, but not in others. A recap of invasive species and how the seeds travel throughout the area. A craft activity will be available.
July 8, 11:00am - 3:00 pm. - It all began with a Larvae
Stop by throughout the day and Beth, our Naturalist will present to you an introduction to Entomology. Learn and explore garden insects and what’s “bugging” the plants. She will share the metamorphosis and the structure of an insect, pollinators and more. There will be an opportunity to make a Journal and you and/or your family can explore the area of the Nature Preserve and see what insects are among us.
July 15, 11:00am - 3:00 pm. - A Teaching Garden
By this time the onsite Teaching Garden should be in full bloom with Beth, our Naturalist busy getting it ready to explore. Learn about the benefits of each flower to shrub, learn a little Latin and use your artistic skills to help make new signs. We’ll have watercolor and other supplies to make your signs "blossom"! If your sign gets selected, we’ll photograph the art and utilize it within the garden.
SATURDAY, July 21, 10:00am - Noon - A guided hands-on hike!
Beth, our Naturalist will take you on a wildflower walk to search for and label beautiful wildflowers! In addition, she’ll educate you on invasive plants. Wear good hiking shoes, bring a bottle of water and let’s explore!
July 22, 11:00am - 3:00pm - Flora and Fauna
Oh, the colors are bursting and there are so many beautiful flowers within our diverse trails. The scents are in the air and it’s time to come for a hike and find the illusive “Jack in the Pulpit.” We’ll use the onsite “Teaching Garden” to help with learning the differences of seed to pod to plant to shrub. There are many amazing plants and “fauna” (animals) that have a symbiotic relationship to one another. We’ll look at roots and rhizomes and learn the importance of why each plant has a place in our ecosystem. However, without the flora, you’ll not have the fauna, (animals). Animals play an important role in our environment as they share a symbiotic relationship. The Nature Preserve is the place to come explore the diverse relationship. A craft activity will follow.
July 29, 11:00am - 3:00pm- BONES
Beth will be teaching the role of a forensic anthropologist. Have you been on a hike and discovered a bone? Learn the process and solve the pieces of the puzzle to discover what you may have found. There will be hands-on learning for those who want to hold a femur or feel the sutures of a deer skull. Have you held the bones of a muskrat? Come discover and learn what we’ve found that teach us about our past. A Craft activity will be available and you’ll be able to wear and keep your work of art.