Fernbank Science Center

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Facility:Fernbank Science Center
Description:Unique educational science resource center, classroom and woodland complex located in a suburban area of northeast Atlanta near Decatur. The Fernbank complex includes the Fernbank Museum of Natural History.
Address 1:156 Heaton Park Drive, NE
Address 2:
Zip Code:30307-1398
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Hours:The calendar and hours for DeKalb County School System's
Fernbank Science Center vary throughout the year. Call for hours.
Admission:Admission to Fernbank Science Center is free of charge.
Parking is free of charge.
Public planetarium shows are $4 for adults and $3 for students and seniors.

Telephone:(678) 874-7102
J. Beckworth, Co-op Member
This center is highly interactive, and great for all ages. My two children are four and two, and love the computer center stations. One of their favorite stations is near a large coin funnel, and shows how the coins circle into the funnel, as well as other push displays about electricity and physics. Their other favorite computer station is near the birds. Just push the button, and you can read special facts about the birds on exhibit or hear their call. Go over to the covered indoor beehive and open the curtain to see bees at work. See if your child can pick out the queen bee. Outside is a large forest walk with a large rock formation, a pond with a beaver dam, a large deck overlook on the top of the hill, and a meandering stream. Near the science center is a bog and a chicken coop. There are many other live animals inside in aquariums, and stuffed animal displays. There is also a section on space and space travel. It is easy to spend two hours (more if you watch a planetarium show) on a first visit.
Jackie Penn, Co-op Member
The Fernbank is a super place for all family members. My family and I have a membership and love visiting. If you go often, a membership is the way to go.

Hands-on is the first word that comes to mind when thinking about the Fernbank. Exhibits change often and are always very hands-on. You are encouraged to participate in seeing and understanding the concept being presented. There are exhibits for different age groups, actually, there is a whole section geared for the younger kids and is very interactive. Several room exhibits are being upgraded at this time and are not available. The shell display, which is connected to the IMAX is extraordinary. Plan on spending some time browsing the fantastic displays. The IMAX movies are exceptional and very much worth seeing. If you attend an early showing, you can get in for a manatee price. If you are a member, you get in much cheaper.

The gift shop is a delight. You will find fun and unique gifts in all price ranges. Again, if you are a member, you will get a 10% discount there and in the food court. The food court is a bit pricey and is not all that great. I would say it's mediocre. Don't go hungry! The museum closes at 5:00 so plan on getting there early. It will take some time to see everything.
Jim Dillon, Co-op Member
Also, notice the great educational materials aimed at younger ages and grade levels available on the fsc website. Go to the "teachers" tab on the homepage, and from the dropdown menu pick "children's science newsletters." They're all in pdf format. I'm an employee, and I think this particular resource isn't noticed very often.
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