Fla. Museum presents ‘Living Lights & Sparkling Seas’ k-5 class March 24 during Alachua County Schools student holiday

March 7th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History invites children in grades k-5 to discover the creatures that glow in the dark at the “Living Lights & Sparkling Seas” Alachua County Schools student holiday class 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 24.

Participants will explore the “Glow: Living Lights” traveling exhibit. “Glow,” which is on display at the Florida Museum through May 29, is the first museum exhibition to explore the scientific marvel of bioluminescence — the ability of an organism to produce its own light.

Florida Museum docents and staff will lead students in a glowing hands-on exploration of unusual creatures such as vomiting shrimp, vampire squid and cookie cutter sharks to discover how bioluminescence works, the varied reasons some organisms have natural light-producing abilities and why bioluminescence is important to humans.

“Most children have chased fireflies on a summer night, but until now, few people have had the opportunity to discover the science behind this magical phenomenon,” said Susan Duvenhage, Florida Museum associate director for exhibits and public programs. “‘Glow’ explains what puts the fire in fireflies and the glow in glowworms.”

Cost is $60 for Florida Museum members and $72 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. Students must bring a sack lunch. For more information, call (352) 846-2000, ext. 277.

Media contact: Paul Ramey, (352) 846-2000, pramey@ufl.edu
Writer: Emily Banks