GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Join the Florida Museum of Natural History Saturday for free opening day activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a celebration of its newest temporary exhibits, “Peanuts…Naturally: Charlie Brown and Friends Explore Nature” and “Water: Discovering and Sharing Solutions.”
Opening day activities include live amphibians for families to see and enjoy, an appearance by Abraham Lincoln and a variety of hands-on displays and information from groups including the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries, The Sequential Artists Workshop, UF’s School of Ants project, the Florida Friendly Landscaping program and various UF student organizations.
“Everyone from a scientist to a comic strip artist has the ability to help with conservation and preservation of our natural world,” said Florida Museum education assistant Tiffany Ireland. “I believe the dual opening of these exhibits shows this ideal.”
The “Peanuts…Naturally” exhibit takes a light-hearted look at Charles Schulz’s exploration of the natural world through “Peanuts” comic strips, videos, objects and interactive stations. Topics include the universe, “web of nature,” trees, birds, the elements of snow, wind, rain and clouds, gardening and Charlie Brown’s Environmental Protection Agency escapade.
Through interactive displays, live animals and water tables, the “Water: Discovering and Sharing Solutions” exhibit demonstrates ways UF is finding solutions to global challenges involving water, invasive animals and plants, and food production. The 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.
All opening day activities and admission to the water exhibit are free. Admission to the “Peanuts…Naturally” exhibit is $4 for adults, $3.50 for Florida residents and seniors and $3 for ages 3-17. UF students with a valid Gator 1 ID receive free admission to the “Peanuts” and Butterfly Rainforest exhibits through Sunday.
On opening day, UF’s Smathers Libraries will show visitors how newspapers and “Peanuts” comic strips were printed in the 19th century with an interactive printing press display. The Sequential Artists Workshop also will demonstrate comic strip writing, drawing and inking with a hands-on family activity.
Abraham Lincoln, who signed the Morrill Act, will speak with visitors from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The UF department of entomology and nematology School of Ants project will also provide families with information on participating in research by studying ants in their neighborhoods. Participating UF student groups include Students United in the Research of Fisheries, the Wildlife Graduate Student Association and the Forestry Graduate Student Organization. The Florida Friendly Landscaping program will provide information on water-conscious landscaping and water conservation.
“Peanuts…Naturally” is organized and toured by the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center, Santa Rosa, Calif. “Water: Discovering and Sharing Solutions” is a collaborative project produced by the Florida Museum of Natural History, the University of Florida and UF/IFAS. The museum will display both exhibits through Jan. 2, 2013.
For more information on opening day activities, call 352-273-2061.
Opening Day Activities
“Peanuts…Naturally: Charlie Brown and Friends Explore Nature” and “Water: Discovering and Sharing Solutions”
10 a.m.-3 p.m. • Sept. 29, 2012
Florida Museum of Natural History • 3215 Hull Road – Powell Hall
All activities run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. except the special appearance by Abraham Lincoln, who will speak with visitors from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
UF George A. Smathers Libraries Display
Visitors can view a collection of vintage “Peanuts” memorabilia, and see and use a small 19th-century printing press.
The Sequential Artists Workshop
The Sequential Artists Workshop will offer a drawing and inking activity including comic cells and instructions for visitors to draw and ink their own comic strip.
School of Ants Project
Representatives from the UF department of entomology and nematology School of Ants project will display large ant models of different species and explain their differences. Visitors will be able to view details through a microscope, as well as learn how to participate in ant research in their neighborhoods.
Jon Anderson from the Florida Museum of Natural History will share a variety of amphibian species.
Florida Friendly Landscaping
Representatives from the Florida Friendly Landscaping program will share information on water-conscious landscaping and water conservation.
UF Student Organization Displays
UF students from the following groups will answer questions and share information:
• Students United in the Research of Fisheries
• Wildlife Graduate Student Association
• Forestry Graduate Student Organization
Abraham Lincoln Special Presentation – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Abraham Lincoln, who signed the Morrill Act, which enabled the creation of land grant universities, including UF, will visit and speak with visitors.