Teacher Programs

Educator Open House
Oct. 9, 2014 | 2:30-5:30 p.m.

Come to the Museum and gather information and educational materials to help with your lesson planning. The Florida Museum and the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art partner with other educational organizations to provide information about field trips, workshops, lesson plans and free resources. This event is open to all educators who will receive free Harn Museum exhibition tours, admission to the Florida Museum’s newest exhibit Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived, refreshments and a discount in the museums’ gift shops.

Earn In-Service Points! On the day of the event, Alachua County Public School teachers can register at the Museum to earn in-service points for attending the open house.

Free Parking – pick up your parking pass at the front of either museum before parking.

Questions? Contact Dianne Behringer: dbehringer@flmnh.ufl.edu, 352-273-2036


Teacher Trainings

Teacher trainings support educators in deepening their science content knowledge, conducting inquiry classroom activities and planning successful school group visits. Teachers interact with scientists and learn how to connect exhibit content to classroom curriculum. Activities and resources are connected to the National Geographic science standards and Mathematics Florida Standards for grades K-5. Teachers earn in-service points upon completion.

Currently, teacher trainings are for Alachua County Public School teachers only.

Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived
Oct. 8, 2014 | 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

The largest shark ever known is returning to Gainesville! Be consumed with awe at Megalodon, the gigantic prehistoric shark that once cruised the world's oceans. Walk through the full-scale jaw of a 60-foot-long shark sculpture to learn the story of this fantastic ancient creature, including its size, structure, diet, lifespan, relatives, neighbors, evolution, extinction and new science that continues to reveal Megalodon’s tale. This exhibit features fossil specimens and life-size, scale models of other ancient and modern sharks.

Guest speaker: George Burgess, director of the Museum's Florida Program for Shark Research and the International Shark Attack File.

Register at alachua.truenorthlogic.com by Sept. 23, 2014. Limited to 30 teachers.

Questions? Contact Dianne Behringer: dbehringer@flmnh.ufl.edu, 352-273-2036

A T. rex Named Sue
Feb. 4, 2015 | 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Tyrannosaurus rex has long commanded respect and sparked curiosity in the mind of the public, and Sue is the most famous T. rex of all. At 42 feet long and 12 feet tall at the hips, her skeleton inspires as much awe today as she did 67 million years ago. In the exhibit A T. rex Named Sue, explore how this remarkable creature interacted with its world and what we can learn from studying its bones. Revel in the sheer size of a fully articulated, life-sized skeleton cast. Look at a cast of Sue’s skull and experience her movement, vision and sense of smell for yourself. Touch casts of her bones and diagnose pathologies that left their mark in Sue’s leg, jaw and tail.

Register at alachua.truenorthlogic.com by Jan. 21, 2015. Limited to 30 teachers.

Questions? Contact Dianne Behringer: dbehringer@flmnh.ufl.edu, 352-273-2036


Previous Workshops

What are teacher trainings and the open house like? Click on the images below for a sneak peek from past sessions!

For more information, please contact dbehringer@flmnh.ufl.edu, 352-273-2036.