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McGUIRE CENTER NEWS,
Issue 6, April 2012
McGUIRE CENTER NEWS,
Issue 6, April 2012
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How long have you been volunteering at the
Museum?
I’ve volunteered as a JV for four summers. Before
that, I attended the summer camps and was a purple
panther.
What made you start volunteering here?
I started volunteering here because when I was
attending the summer camps I wanted to be a JV. It
always looked like they were having a blast.
What do you do for the Museum?
I worked the fossil cart, as a Butterfly Rainforest
interpreter, with the summer camps and pinning
specimens in McGuire Center collections.
What kind of training did you receive when you
first started volunteering?
I received hands-on training. Mr. Craig Segebarth
in the McGuire Center was very patient with all of us
when teaching us how to pin. There was also on-the-
job training. It is especially important to have a good
memory when working in the Butterfly Rainforest.
Has volunteering at the Museum helped you
develop any new skills?
Volunteering has helped me learn to be more patient
and sociable. I enjoy interacting with people. It also
taught me to always act professionally because you
never know who you are talking to.
What activities are you involved in outside of the
Museum?
I am very academically focused. For college, I want
to major in biology and then attend vet school. But I
also make time to hang out with my friends.
What do you enjoy the most about volunteering?
I enjoy meeting all types of people, both employees
and visitors.
Do you have any advice or words of wisdom for
people thinking about volunteering here?
You need to be ready to learn quickly and know that
you’re going to have to interact with people.
Junior Volunteers
The Museum recruited Junior Volunteers to work in
the McGuire Center collections for the first time during
the summer of 2011. Of the more than 100 applicants, 25
were selected and trained to handle delicate specimens.
The students learned to prepare dried moth specimens
collected in light traps as part of a biodiversity survey of the
Gainesville area. The volunteers worked in small groups
during half-day sessions, usually for two to three weeks, to
pin and label more than 5,000 specimens which were added
to the collection. The work of these Junior Volunteers is
greatly appreciated.
How long have you been volunteering at the
Museum?
I have been volunteering at the Museum the past
three summers.
What made you start volunteering here?
I started volunteering here because I heard that
the program was an enjoyable experience with many
opportunities to learn while a great way to earn
volunteering hours for my school.
What do you do for the Museum?
Throughout these years, I have helped out in the
Discovery Room, shown visitors around the Butterfly
Rainforest, and assisted in the butterfly collections.
What kind of training did you receive when you
first started volunteering?
I received training to help me greet strangers and to
familiarize myself with the various exhibitions in the
Museum.
Has volunteering at the Museum helped you
develop any new skills?
Volunteering here has taught me how to care for
butterflies in a controlled environment as well as the
right way to preserve them. It has also made me more
outgoing when meeting new people. 
What activities are you involved in outside of the
Museum?
Outside the Museum, I’m working hard at the I.B.
Program at Eastside High School. In my spare time, I
like to run and also play with the local youth orchestra.
What do you enjoy the most about volunteering?
The thing I enjoy most is the variety of people I
have a chance to meet and work with. Personally, I like
working in the butterfly collections the most since it’s
peaceful, quiet and intriguing.
Do you have any advice or words of wisdom for
people thinking about volunteering here?
For someone who’s thinking about volunteering
here, I would tell them that there are many different
ways to help out at the Museum, and they should find
the one that they enjoy the most!
VOLUNTEER profile:
Yuxin Zhang___________________________________
VOLUNTEER profile:
Natasha Cruz__________________________________
Actias luna
(Florida)
Automeris io
(Florida)
Enyo lugubris
(Florida)
Argyrostrotis anilis
(Florida)
Antheraea polyphemus
caption?
Utetheisa ornatrix
(Florida)
Yuxin Zhang prepares moths in the McGuire Center collections.
Natasha Cruz has worked four summers as a junior volunteer.
Agathodes designalis
(Florida)
Eacles imperialis
(Florida)
Heliothis subflexa
(Florida)