Fla. Museum offers new fall science Saturday classes for grades 1-5

September 27th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Children in grades 1-5 can learn about human impact on the ocean’s food chain during the “Let’s Explore! Science Series: The Ocean Crisis” at the Florida Museum of Natural History 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Oct. 6.

The class is one of a series offered every first Saturday this fall to teach students about endangered animals. From the depths of the ocean to the tip of the North Pole, students will learn why some animals are disappearing and why they are worth saving.

The Nov. 3 session focuses on “Dying Predators” and Dec. 1 features “Arctic Mayhem.” All classes are from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The cost for Florida Museum members is $18 per class, $24 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. For more information, visit www.flmnh.ufl.edu/education/childrens_classes.htm#k5 or call (352) 846-2000, ext. 277.

Students in all classes will have an opportunity to explore and discover the Florida Museum’s current temporary exhibit, “Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived,” on display through Jan. 6, 2008. The exhibit features a 60-foot-long walk-through sculpture of this giant prehistoric shark that vanished 2 million years ago. The exhibit showcases fossil and modern shark specimens as well as full-scale models from several collections, and highlights the evolution, biology and misconceptions regarding giant prehistoric sharks.

Writer: Christine Eschenfelder
Media contact: Paul Ramey, (352) 273-2054, pramey@flmnh.ufl.edu