Space available in Fla. Museum holiday K-5 classes Dec. 28-30

December 16th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Want to cash in on those great after-holiday deals? Shop the deals, run errands and take care of all the last-minute mayhem while your kids enjoy a day at the Florida Museum of Natural History in the Playful Escapes classes for grades K-5.

From 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Dec. 28, 29 and 30, kids can participate in themed crafts and activities that keep their minds moving during the winter break.

On Dec. 28, “Birds of Florida” will give students the opportunity to break out the binoculars and sneak a peek at the fascinating flight of Florida’s winter birds. “Paleontology” on Dec. 29, offers a closer look at the ancient mammoths and prehistoric beasts during this day of discovery. The “Mad Scientist” class Dec. 30 allows students to experiment with household products and find out what really goes on in the lab. (more…)

Space available in Fla. Museum holiday K-5 classes Dec. 28-30

December 7th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Want to cash in on those great after-holiday deals? Shop the deals, run errands and take care of all the last-minute mayhem while your kids enjoy a day at the Florida Museum of Natural History in the Playful Escapes classes for grades K-5.

From 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Dec. 28, 29 and 30, kids can participate in themed crafts and activities that keep their minds moving during the winter break.

On Dec. 28, “Birds of Florida” will give students the opportunity to break out the binoculars and sneak a peek at the fascinating flight of Florida’s winter birds. “Paleontology” on Dec. 29 offers a closer look at the ancient mammoths and prehistoric beasts during this day of discovery. The “Mad Scientist” class Dec. 30 allows students to experiment with household products and find out what really goes on in the lab. (more…)

Florida Museum announces fall programs, exhibits

August 26th, 2009

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Exhibits

“Amazon Voyage: Vicious Fishes and Other Riches” – Oct. 3 – Jan. 17, 2010
Visit seven ports of call along the most biologically diverse river in the world, the Amazon. Encounter amazing creatures including notorious piranhas, enormous anacondas, beautiful stingrays and mysterious pink dolphins. Admission is $8 for adults ($7 Fla. residents), $5.50 for ages 3-12 and free to museum members and children 2 and under.

“Charles R. Knight: Studies of Lost Worlds” – through Jan. 31, 2010
Seven study paintings by Charles R. Knight, the first and the most renowned “paleo-artist” of all time, are 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. (more…)

Space available in Fla. Museum summer field camps for grades 5, 6

May 20th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Spaces remain in the Florida Museum of Natural History’s summer field camps for students entering grades 5 and 6 and parents are encouraged to register their children now.

Field camps, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., provide advanced scientific exploration designed specifically for older children. One session, “Junior Palentology,” is full, and the other two are filling fast.

“Scientist for a Day,” June 22-26, will give students the opportunity to find out what different scientists do on a daily basis. “Six Legs, More or Less,” Aug. 3-7, offers a closer look at the many-legged creatures through the eyes of an entomologist.

The five-day camps cost $210 for Museum members and $260 for non-members. (more…)

Fla. Museum hosts Wigglers and Walkers series March 18, April 15

March 9th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Crack into spring with the Florida Museum of Natural History’s “Wigglers and Walkers” program at 3:30 p.m. March 18 and April 15. “It’s Eggs-cellent” will be a fun-filled, educational afternoon for children ages 2-5.

This season, students will learn about different types of eggs and the animals who lay them. Through arts, crafts and other activities, youngsters will discover reptile/amphibian and birds eggs while exploring the museum. Activities include egg painting, make-your-own turtle and other take-home projects.

The cost per class for each adult and child pair is $4 for Florida Museum members and $5 for non-members. Each additional child is $1. Pre-registration is not required, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Participants should arrive early to park their strollers and meet new friends. (more…)

Now register online for Fla. Museum school holiday, spring break classes, camps

February 16th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will spice up the spring with one day class and two spring break camps for students in grades K-5 during Alachua County Schools student holidays.

Online registration for the classes is now available through the Florida Museum’s new secure system, accessible at http://xms.dce.ufl.edu/reg/groups/flmnh/.

Unleash your inner alligator during “Gator Country” from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on March 27. Students will learn about one of Gainesville’s most prominent figures, Albert the Alligator, and some of his crocodilian “cousins” through an exciting Everglades adventure.

This class complements the museum’s newest temporary exhibit, a double feature on the Florida Everglades, on display through May 31. “ForEverglades: Photos by Clyde Butcher & Jeff Ripple,” and “Alien Attack: Target Everglades” explore the beauty and danger of the Everglades in ways both children and adults can enjoy. (more…)

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. (more…)

Fla. Museum hosts November ‘Animal Illustrations’ student class

October 28th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Let your imagination run free at the Florida Museum of Natural History’s “Animal Illustrations” class from 1-3 p.m. on Nov. 1, 8, 15 and 22.

The class for students in grades 5-10 will teach participants about selected animals and creating original artwork with colored pencils. Local artist and class instructor Janet Porcelli will cover topics including color, value and composition. (more…)

Register now for Florida Museum of Natural History summer camps

May 30th, 2008

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Florida Museum Summer Camps
Please contact Tiffany Ireland for information, (352) 273-2061

June 9 – 13

What Moves You? (AM 1) (Grades 1-4)
Seas of magma and shocking earthquakes! Journey to the center of the Earth to examine the behind-the-scenes action of our planet’s core. Create a mini-volcano and watch it blow its top!

Desert Trek (PM 1) (Grades 1-4)
Encounter the unique flora, fauna and cultures that thrive in deserts. Examine how plants and animals have adapted for survival in this harsh climate. Compare and contrast desert cultures around the world and learn how people make the most out of the limited resources in this environment. (more…)

Fla. Museum hosts K-5 science program ‘Why Monkeys Choose to Live in Trees’ May 10

May 2nd, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Children in grades K-5 are invited to join the Florida Museum of Natural History 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. May 10 for its Let’s Explore Science Series program “Why Monkeys Choose to Live in Trees.” Join the museum on Saturday and find out and how they manage to do so at the Florida Museum of Natural History’s Let’s Explore! Science Series May 10.

Participants will discover African oral traditions about monkeys and how the animals inspired these stories.

The class is $18 for Florida Museum members and $24 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. For more information call (352) 273-2061 or visit www.flmnh.ufl.edu/education/childrens_classes.htm. (more…)

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