Fla. Museum receives grant for Florida wildflower and butterfly education

May 20th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History has received a $13,872 grant to reprint the popular educational brochure, “Florida Wildflowers and Butterflies.”

The grant from the State of Florida and the Florida Wildflower Foundation Inc. is the third award the museum has received for the project.

“We have distributed 250,000 copies of the brochure across the state,” said Florida Museum Center for Informal Science Education Director Betty Dunckel. “It has been very well received and reflects the tremendous interest in learning more about our native wildflowers and butterflies.”

The museum received the grant in March and is now distributing the additional 250,000 brochures through organizations around the state. The brochure contains 100 color photographs of native wildflowers and butterflies and has a companion web site with a searchable database.

Funds donated through the purchase of the state wildflower license tag support native Florida wildflower research, planting, and education projects like the “Florida Wildflowers and Butterflies” brochure.

The project directors are Dunckel; Thomas Emmel, director of the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity; and Jaret Daniels, McGuire Center assistant curator.

For more information visit www.flmnh.ufl.edu or call 352-846-2000.

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Source: Betty Dunckel, 352-273-2088, bdunckel@flmnh.ufl.edu
Writer: Morgan Lamborn
Media contact: Paul Ramey, 352-273-2054, pramey@flmnh.ufl.edu