March 21st is Bonus Day for our fundraiser. We are going to try to win $1,000 by having the most donors on that day. Head over to our fundraising page to make your donation: Amuseum Naturalis Fundraising Page.
The relaunch of Amuseum Naturalis has been progressing in many ways. Our volunteer days have been getting more and more busy with loads of people coming out to help. Luckily, we have plenty of work to do! Here’s a short video from Saturday:
Our next clean-up is Saturday, March 24th from 9am to noon with a BBQ after. Please come by! You can also invite friends via Facebook.
We’ve also been going gangbusters on our March fundraising campaign. In the first week, we raised over $8,000 from 69 generous donors. This campaign continues through March 30th, so please join us! Or send an email to someone who might want to help—it works! 91% of the people that donated recevied an email from someone about the project. Click here to see the project page, learn more and donate!
We are raising some money to rebuild the Amuseum, and right now we have a crowdfunding campaign. You can head over here to learn more and make a donation. Donations from individuals are an important part of our funding, especially on a fast-moving project like this where the money can be put to use right away. Thanks for supporting us and we will be following up as the fundraising—and the museum rebuilding—continue!
We came across a bunch of photos that had gotten stuck together after getting wet. What can you do with a brick of old photos? Can they be saved? After Hurricane Irma, maybe you’ll want to watch this video to save some of your memories. Unstuckable! is the latest in our series of Amuseum Naturalis how-to videos.
What’s a propagule? And what do you do with it? Our Amuseum Naturalis how-to video series continues as we start work on our native plants nursery.
As we prepare to launch Amuseum Naturalis at The Old House, we’ve held a series of clean-up events with volunteers from Les Fruits de Mer. The progress has been astounding and we are really proud of what this team has done. After several years without upkeep and one of the worst hurricanes on record, the place was a jungle. Today, it’s starting to look like the right place to tell the stories of St. Martin.
Check out some videos from our clean-ups and be sure to join in at the next one! Look us up on Facebook for coming volunteer events.
Tuesday was the last Mardi de Grand Case street fair of the season, and also the launch party for our new special exhibit: Women, People of Color, and the Making of Natural History in the Caribbean. We were delighted to have over 600 visitors to the museum for this special event! If you didn’t make it, you can check out the exhibit Tuesdays and Thursdays between 4-8pm until May 2nd, or at the 2017 Endemic Animal Festival on Sunday, April 23rd from 9am-3pm. The exhibit was made possible by a grant from Be the Change SXM. Visit their site to learn how you can support great projects on St. Martin.
If you haven’t scheduled a group visit to the Amuseum with your school class, the time is now! Amuseum Naturalis is scheduling daytime visits for school classes or any group, young or old. You can email us or use the form on the Amuseum website. It really is a lot of fun. Check out some photos from a recent class visit from the Montessori school.
We are lucky to have some gorgeous new paintings at the Amuseum thanks to Sélénia Sanner. Now, each of the exhibits in our main room has a companion painting, and they are gorgeous. The concept was to have paintings related to the theme of each exhibit at ground level in the Amuseum to capture the imagination of our youngest guests. In fact, they are an amazing addition for all our guests. Here are images of the most recent paintings we added, although photos don’t really do them justice so please visit the Amuseum to see them in person!
Caribbean Curiosities is a brand new ebook highlighting specific animals and plants you can see in the Amuseum. It’s free, and you can download it from the Les Fruits de Mer website. Learn more about the Gaïac, Spotted Woodslave, Green Iguana and more. We’re also starting scheduling for school classes and other groups at the Amuseum by appointment. Get details here.