Don’t miss Fla. Museum spring exhibits, events, classes

February 16th, 2009

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Exhibits

“Women’s Medicine: Traditions of the Florida Creek Indians” – Through April 12
Experience a pictorial view of Florida Creek Indian traditional women’s medicine. Enjoy photographers Margaret and Michael Bogan’s search for the flowers, leaves and plants used to treat common ailments and learn some of the teaching stories passed down through the generations. For many years, the Bogans have photographed plants, flowers and insects worldwide. They are members of the Pasco Band of Creek Indians in Lacoochee, Fla., a small group striving to keep traditional cultural practices in living memory.

Everglades Double Feature – Through May 31
Experience the awe-inspiring yet fragile Everglades with two exhibits produced by the Florida Museum of Natural History. These exhibits are free and open to the public.

“ForEverglades: Photos by Clyde Butcher & Jeff Ripple”
Large format photography by these two well-known artists captures the beauty of the Everglades landscape. Witness their journey through the River of Grass as they seek its essence.

“Alien Attack: Target Everglades”
Plants and animals from all over the world threaten the Everglades. Discover how the top 10 exotic invaders are overrunning the landscape in this live plant and animal exhibit.

“Charles R. Knight: Studies of Lost Worlds” – through January 2010
Seven study paintings by Charles R. Knight, the first and the most renowned “paleo-artist” of all time, are currently on display in the Hall of Florida Fossils. Knight’s murals depicting ancient life grace the halls of America’s greatest natural history museums. The paintings include many animals that once lived in Florida.

“Butterflies and Moths in Contemporary Zuni Art” – through Jan. 3, 2010
This exhibit highlights the role of butterflies in the belief system and art of contemporary Zuni people, Native Americans who live in the high desert of the American southwest. Many Zuni traditional arts feature butterflies and moths, and this tradition continues today in their fine arts, crafts and tourist art forms. Pieces in the exhibit include jewelry, paintings, small carvings and various selections of pottery.

Events

Can You Dig It? – 5-9 p.m., Thurs. March 19
Dig into geology and discover the ground beneath your feet. Enjoy hands-on activities and watch demonstrations of volcanic eruptions. Join the UF Geology Department and Gainesville Gem and Mineral Society for activities of geologic proportion.

Earth Day – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sat. April 18
Enjoy live performances, games and eco-friendly craft activities hosted at the Florida Museum and the Harn Museum of Art. Find out about local conservation efforts and how to get involved. Celebrate the Earth and discover how going green can be easy and fun!

Science Sundays

Join the museum and the Stewards of Florida History this spring for our Science Sundays series. Lectures and presentations are geared for adults and cover a diverse array of topics that are sure to intrigue.

At 1:30 p.m. before every talk, UF librarians will display sketches, paintings, illustrations and other artwork and materials applicable to the presentation.

Archie Carr: The Man who Saved Sea Turtles – 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., March 22
Join Frederick Rowe Davis, associate professor at Florida State University and author of “The Man who Saved Sea Turtles: Archie Carr and the Origins of Conservation Biology.” This illustrated talk provides a thorough introduction to Carr’s work and the turtles he strove to save from extinction.

Art of Painting Florida’s History—an Afternoon with Jackson Walker – 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., April 19,
Come meet Jackson Walker, artist-in-residence at the Museum of Florida Art in DeLand. Discover a show of his work and discuss how he re-creates important episodes from Florida’s past. Don’t miss this chance to visit with Florida’s award-winning master painter.

Day Classes (grades K-5)

Each class session is $72 for members, $86 for non-members. Students should dress appropriately for outdoor activities and all students should bring a sack lunch. Pre-registration is required.

Gator Country – 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., March 27
What kind of animal is Albert and why does he have such a long body with such tiny legs? Learn about our most famous alligator and his “cousins” in this crocodilian adventure, which starts in the heart of the Everglades.

Spring Break Camp (grades K-5)

Pre-registration is required. Each camp session is $105 for members, $130 non-members. A full-day camp registration is $200 for members, $250 for non-members. Students should dress for the weather and outdoor activities. Pick-up for the AM session is noon – 12:30 p.m. and drop-off for the PM session is 12:30 – 1 p.m. Students staying for the full day should bring a sack lunch to eat during the break between classes.

AM Camp: The Oddballs – 8:30 a.m. – noon, April 6-10
They may not be famous, but they will catch your attention. Who are these unusual creatures? Investigate the bizarre world of the oddballs. Learn about mammals that lay eggs, flightless birds and many others who stand out in their crowd.

PM Camp: Everglades Exploration – 1- 4:30 p.m., April 6-10
Wade into the waters of Everglades National Park. Discover playful otters, prowling panthers, thousands of birds and many other amazing animals. Learn why tiny ferns and sticky-footed tree frogs are two of the biggest threats to the survival of the Everglades.

Wigglers & Walkers (preschoolers):

Wiggle with pleasure every third Wednesday of the month for child-friendly fun with Florida Museum docents and staff. Join your preschoolers to learn about museum exhibits through stories, crafts and other age-appropriate activities. Members: $4 adult/child pair. Non-members: $5 adult/child pair. $2 for each additional child. No pre-registration required. Questions? Call (352) 273-2061.

It’s Eggs-cellent
Come to the Florida Museum of Natural History for an egg-citing time! This spring, learn about eggs and the animals that lay them. Classes begin at 3:30 p.m.

Insect Eggs, Feb. 18
Reptile/Amphibian Eggs, March 18
Bird Eggs, April 15

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Media contact: Paul Ramey, 352-273-2054, pramey@flmnh.ufl.edu