Celebrate 40th anniversary of Earth Day with museums at UF Cultural Plaza

April 16th, 2010

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Join the fun with the Florida Museum of Natural History and Harn Museum of Art during the 40th anniversary of Earth Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 24.

Located in the University of Florida Cultural Plaza, this year’s celebration includes demonstrations and activities focused on the environment and conservation. The Alachua County environmental protection department will hold a rain barrel sale outside the museums. These barrels help homeowners collect water for reuse on their property. Also, visit with local conservation groups at both museums and learn how easy it is to help preserve the planet.

At the Florida Museum of Natural History visitors may create a bird seed mosaic and view the newest Galleria exhibit, “Life on the Edge: The Story of Florida’s Nature Coast,” by Eric Zamora. Zamora uses the visual power of photography to share the story of Florida’s Nature Coast, which stretches 240 miles from St. Mark’s National Wildlife Refuge near Tallahassee to Northern Pasco County. Development pressure in the area has increased tremendously in recent years with the proposal of a limestone mine, nuclear power plant, two large resorts and an expressway.

Appreciate the environment and join the Harn Museum of Art for outdoor painting activities for children and families, as well as demonstrations by plein air artists Frank Barone, Aliye Cullu, Tim Malles and Sam Saxon. The Harn will also offer docent-led tours of works in the museum focused on nature. The Kanapaha Celtic Trio will play traditional Celtic music from Ireland and Scotland, celebrating nature and love for the land.

At the Harn Museum, visitors may also learn about the important role of honey bees in “Apiary Investigations.” This art installation explores the intersection between natural history, science and art, using the beehive and the honey bee as a metaphor to examine human behavior. Toward the end of the day, participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a film about a beekeeper titled “Ulee’s Gold.”

In honor of this special event, the Florida Museum will expand its weekend plant sale to include more than 50 species of native and butterfly-friendly plants. This extended selection is available 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 – 4 p.m. Sunday and is a great opportunity to make a difference by gardening with plants perfect for local pollinators.

Admission to Earth Day activities is free. For more information visit www.harn.ufl.edu or www.flmnh.ufl.edu or call 352-846-2000 or 352-392-9826.

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Writer: Patti Nunez
Media contact: Paul Ramey, 352-273-2054, pramey@flmnh.ufl.edu (Florida Museum of Natural History)
Tami Wroath, 352-392-9826, ext. 2116, twroath@harn.ufl.edu (Harn Museum of Art)

Earth Day Events Schedule
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, April 24

Harn Museum of Art

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Docent-led tours of works focusing on nature for families and children

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Outdoor painting activity and demonstrations by plein air artists Frank Barone, Aliye Cullu, Tim Malles and Sam Saxon.

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Art installation “Apiary Investigations” by Kelly Rogers

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Musical performance by the Kanapaha Celtic Trio

2 – 4 p.m.
Film “Ulee’s Gold”

Florida Museum of Natural History

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Butterfly Rainforest Plant Sale

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Create a bird seed mosaic

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Rain Barrel Sale – Alachua County Environmental Protection Department

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Photography exhibit “Life on the Edge: The Story of Florida’s Nature Coast” by Eric Zamora

Community Participants located at both museums:
Alachua County Environmental Protection Department
Alachua County Office Waste Alternatives
Florida Organic Growers
Friends of Payne’s Prairie
Gainesville Regional Utilities
Keep Alachua County Beautiful
Lubee Bat Conservancy
Trashformations
Save the Frogs Day
Watershed Action Volunteers

Florida Museum of Natural History
The Florida Museum of Natural History is Florida’s state natural history museum, dedicated to understanding, preserving and interpreting biological diversity and cultural heritage. It is located near the intersection of Southwest 34th Street and Hull Road in the University of Florida Cultural Plaza in Gainesville. Hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Butterfly Rainforest admission is $9.50 for adults ($8 Fla. residents) and $5 for children ages 3-12. Prices subject to change. For more information, including directions and parking, visit www.flmnh.ufl.edu or call 352-846-2000.

Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
The Harn Museum of Art is an integral part of the University of Florida. The museum’s permanent collection holds nearly 7,000 works, including African, Asian, modern and contemporary art and photography. The museum enhances the university’s activities and serves a culturally diverse audience through the exhibition of works of art and educational programming. Admission is free. Museum hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Parking is free on weekends. The Camellia Court Cafe is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call 352-392-9826 or visit www.harn.ufl.edu.

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