Florida Museum of Natural History announces fall exhibits, programs

September 7th, 2012

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Exhibits

“Peanuts…Naturally: Charlie Brown and Friends Explore Nature”
Sept. 29, 2012–Jan. 2, 2013

“Peanuts…Naturally: Charlie Brown and Friends Explore Nature” takes a light-hearted look at Charles Schulz’s exploration of the natural world through “Peanuts” comic strips, videos, objects and interactive stations. Visitors get a “Peanuts”-eye view of topics including the universe, “web of nature,” trees, birds, the elements, gardening and Charlie Brown’s Environmental Protection Agency escapade. Scientifically oriented interactive stations and specimens from the Florida Museum’s collections allow visitors to learn more about and appreciate the wonders of the natural world. Organized by the Charles M. Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa, Calif. Admission is $4 for adults ($3.50 for Fla. residents, seniors 62+ and college students), $3 for ages 3-17 and free for museum members and children 2 and under.

“Water: Discovering and Sharing Solutions”
Sept. 29, 2012–Jan. 2, 2013

Experience interactive displays, live animals and two water tables to discover ways the University of Florida is finding solutions to global challenges involving water, invasive plants and animals, and food production. This exhibition is part of the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act of 1862, which enabled the creation of land-grant universities, including UF. Developed by the University of Florida, UF/IFAS and the Florida Museum of Natural History.

Children’s Natural History Gallery – Sept. 29, 2012–Jan. 2, 2013

Enjoy artwork created by elementary students in the Alachua County Public Schools Visual Arts Program to complement the museum’s temporary exhibit, “Peanuts…Naturally: Charlie Brown and Friends Explore Nature.”

Events

Science Cafés – Sept. 18, Oct. 9, Nov. 27
The museum’s Science Cafés provide engaging conversation about a variety of science topics. A comfortable atmosphere provides the setting for lively discussions this fall. Please RSVP at least one week in advance of the café date with your name and the number attending by emailing aerickson@flmnh.ufl.edu or calling Amanda Harvey, 352-273-2062.

Sept. 18 – 6–7:30 p.m. “Going Boldly: Astrobiology, Space Biology and Seeking the Meaning of Life off Earth,” with Anna-Lisa Paul, research professor, UF Horticultural Sciences; and Robert Ferl, professor and director, UF Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research. Location: The Warehouse Restaurant and Lounge, 502 S. Main St. Participants purchase their own food and beverage. A limited menu is offered for café attendees.

Oct. 9 – 7–8:30 p.m. “Water Sustainability: Public Challenges, Private Choices,” with Pierce Jones, professor and director, UF Program for Resource Efficient Communities; Joe Delfino, professor, UF Environmental Engineering Sciences; and Wendy Graham, Carl S. Swisher Chair in Water Resources and director, UF Water Institute. The “Water: Discovering and Sharing Solutions” exhibit opens at 6 p.m. Location: Florida Museum of Natural History, 3215 Hull Road. Desserts and cash bar available.

Nov. 27 – 6–7:30 p.m. “The Maya Calendar: Cosmology and the End of the World,” with Susan Milbrath, Florida Museum of Natural History curator, Latin American Art and Archaeology. Location: The Warehouse Restaurant and Lounge, 502 S. Main St. Participants purchase their own food and beverage. A limited menu is offered for café attendees.

Discover Your Library at the Museum – Sept. 13, Nov. 8, 10:30 a.m.
Join the Alachua County Library District Downtown Headquarters at the museum for story hour. For more information, call 352-273-2062.

Discover Science at Your Library – Oct. 17, 10:30 a.m.
Meet the museum at the Alachua County Library District Downtown Headquarters and explore science concepts with your preschooler in the Story Hour Room.

Ask a Scientist – Sept. 16, Nov. 4 and 18, Dec. 2, 1–4 p.m.
Visitors are invited to bring their specimens, talk with scientists and find answers during an afternoon of discovery and learning. For more information, call 352-273-2062.

Sept. 16: Local Flora and Fauna – School of Ants, UF Natural Area Teaching Laboratory
Nov. 4: Botany – Florida Museum Herbarium
Nov. 18: Astronomy – Santa Fe College Astronomy Program, Alachua Astronomy Club
Dec. 2: Local Flora and Fauna – UF Natural Area Teaching Laboratory

Volunteer Orientation – Sept. 12, 2:30-4:30 p.m. If you’re interested in becoming a museum volunteer, the first step is to attend volunteer orientation to help the museum find the best match for your interests and abilities. Pre-registration is required. For more information, visit www.flmnh.ufl.edu/volunteers/ or call 352-273-2056.

Members Reception – Sept. 27, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
“Peanuts…Naturally: Charlie Brown and Friends Explore Nature” and “Water: Discovering and Sharing Solutions” Be the first to see the museum’s newest exhibits! This exclusive event is only open to Florida Museum members. For more information, call 352-273-2047.

Opening Day Activities – Sept. 29, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Don’t miss opening day activities and the celebration of the museum’s newest temporary exhibits: “Peanuts…Naturally: Charlie Brown and Friends Explore Nature” and “Water: Discovering and Sharing Solutions.” While “Peanuts…Naturally” is a paid exhibit, the opening day activities and “Water: Discovering and Sharing Solutions” exhibit are free. Food vendors will be available. For more information, call 352-273-2061.

ButterflyFest – Oct. 13–14, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
A celebration of wings and backyard things! Explore the lives of bats, bees, birds and butterflies at this fall’s ButterflyFest while discovering what you can do to promote sustainability. The Butterfly Plant Sale begins Friday, Oct. 12. Learn about butterfly gardening, native pollinators, conservation, backyard wildlife and more. Enjoy butterfly releases and come dressed in your favorite pollinator attire for the Pollinator Parade! Visit www.flmnh.ufl.edu/butterflyfest for more information. Food and merchandise vendors will be available both days! ButterflyFest is sponsored in part by the Gainesville Sun.

Halloween and the Great Pumpkin – Oct. 31, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
The Great Pumpkin rises again! Join the museum for this family–friendly, candy–free event featuring a screening of the 1966 classic “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” Watch as Charlie Brown and friends celebrate Halloween and wait for the arrival of the Great Pumpkin. Then explore the museum in your costume to earn prizes, dress as your favorite “Peanuts” character for free admission into “Peanuts…Naturally” and more! For more information, call 352-273-2062.

Grapes and Grains – Nov. 1, 5:30–8 p.m.
Raise a glass to the past this fall at the Florida Museum of Natural History! Attendees can sample several regional beers and wines and explore the museum’s exhibits. This event is 21+ only. Email specialevents@flmnh.ufl.edu or call 352-273-2045 for more information.

Veteran’s Day Military Recognition Event – Nov. 11, 1–4 p.m.
Join the museum and celebrate those who have served our country! The museum is honored for this opportunity to thank our veterans, active military and their families. This event showcases displays and collections that pay tribute to the U.S. armed forces and their work. For more information, call 352-273-2061.

Trashformations – Nov. 16, 5:30–8 p.m.
See how middle school, high school and college students transform ‘waste’ into creative works of art! The Florida Museum will display winning entries from the 14th Annual Trashformations through Dec. 2. This event is made possible in part by the Alachua County Office of Waste Alternatives and the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners.

Starry Night – Nov. 30, 6–10 p.m.
Observe the night sky and explore the world beyond! See a portable planetarium show or view a moonscape in 3-D. Bring the whole family for a free, fun-filled night of astronomical proportions. Food vendors will be available! For more information visit www.flmnh.ufl.edu/starrynight/ or call 352-273-2062. This event is made possible in part by the UF Astronomy Department, Alachua Astronomy Club, Santa Fe Astronomy Program and Kika Silva Pla Planetarium.

Celebrating the End of the World, Maya Style – Dec. 5, 7–9 p.m.
Is the sky really falling? Will the world really end? Learn more about the Mayans and their predictions while exploring their culture and traditions at this free evening event. For more information, call 352-273-2061.

Winter Break Camps for Kids
Dive into the sciences and investigate natural history through activities and hands–on exploration!
Dec. 20: Science in Comics – Take a cue from Charles Schultz and use comics and cartooning to teach your community about our natural world!
Dec. 21: Alien Invaders – Aliens aren’t just from outer space! Learn about the invasive species living in your own backyard!

Important Information:
School Holiday Camps are full– or half–day programs offered at the museum. Children explore the program topic through interactive activities, as well as the museum’s own collections and exhibits. Students must be enrolled in grades K-5 for the 2012-2013 school year.

A half-day session is $27 for members, $30 non-members. A full-day session is $45 for members, $50 non-members. Students should dress for outdoor activities and full-day students should bring a sack lunch. Pre-registration is required. Questions? Call 352-273-2061.

Drop-off for the morning and full–day sessions is 8–8:30 a.m.
Pickup for the morning session is noon–12:30 p.m.
Drop-off for the afternoon session is 12:30–1 p.m.
Pickup for the afternoon and full–day sessions is 4:30–5 p.m.

Scout Badge Programs (New this fall!)
Let the museum be part of your scouting experience! Sign up your Boy or Girl Scout group for a weekend program to earn part or all of the requirements for many different badges, journeys, belt loops and pins. For more information, visit www.flmnh.ufl.edu/programs/scouts.htm or contact Amanda Harvey, aerickson@flmnh.ufl.edu or 352-273-2062.

Museum Birthday Parties
The museum offers a variety of party themes to suit children’s age and interests. The museum provides the fun; you supply the cake.

Themes: Butterflies, Fossil Hunt, Something Fishy (ages 4–12), Cave Explorations (ages 4–10)

Parties may be scheduled on weekends for children and include a party leader, theme-related activities in a private, decorated room, invitations, paper products and a gift bag for each child, plus setup and cleanup.

Visit www.flmnh.ufl.edu/education/bday_parties.htm for more information and pricing or contact Tiffany Ireland, 352-273-2061.

Coming this spring!
Collectors Day – Jan. 12, 2013, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Titanoboa: Monster Snake – Opens Jan. 26, 2013
Can You Dig It – March 16, 2013, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Spring Break Camp – March 25–29, 2013
Earth Day Plant Sale – April 19–21, 2013
Earth Day BioBlitz – April 20, 2013, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Science Cafés
School Holiday Camps

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