Register now for Fla. Museum K-5 class Oct. 26 during Alachua County Schools student holiday

October 8th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History is offering the day class “Predators of Sea,” 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 26 for children in grades K-5. This date is a student holiday on the Alachua County Public Schools calendar.

Participants will discover some of the most fearsome marine predators and learn how these animals thrive in Earth’s oldest habitat.

Cost for the day class is $72 for Florida Museum members and $86 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. Students should dress appropriately for outdoor activities and bring a sack lunch. For more information, visit www.flmnh.ufl.edu/education/childrens_classes.htm or call (352) 846-2000, ext. 277. (more…)

Fla. Museum ‘Mega-Shark’ home school class for ages 7-11 begins Oct. 15

October 5th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History is offering a home school class “Mega-Shark” for ages 7-11 starting Oct. 15. Participants will investigate interdisciplinary principles of paleontology, marine biology and ichthyology in a search for the largest shark that ever lived, the 60-foot-long Megalodon.

Pre-registration for the four-day home school session is required. The cost is $72 for Florida Museum members and $86 for non-members. Classes run from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Oct. 15, 22, 29 and Nov. 5. For more information call (352) 846-2000, ext. 248. (more…)

Fla. Museum hosts fall preschool activities beginning Sept. 19

September 30th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Join your preschooler at the Florida Museum of Natural History every third Wednesday this fall and explore motion in the animal kingdom through stories, crafts and other age-appropriate activities with museum docents and staff.

“Wigglers and Walkers” begins at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 19 and will follow a “Walks of Life” theme, beginning with “Creepers and Crawlers.”

The Oct. 17 session will focus on “Climbers” and Nov. 21 features “Flyers and Gliders.” All classes begin at 3:30 p.m. (more…)

Fla. Museum offers new fall science Saturday classes for grades 1-5

September 27th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Children in grades 1-5 can learn about human impact on the ocean’s food chain during the “Let’s Explore! Science Series: The Ocean Crisis” at the Florida Museum of Natural History 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Oct. 6.

The class is one of a series offered every first Saturday this fall to teach students about endangered animals. From the depths of the ocean to the tip of the North Pole, students will learn why some animals are disappearing and why they are worth saving.

The Nov. 3 session focuses on “Dying Predators” and Dec. 1 features “Arctic Mayhem.” All classes are from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (more…)

Fla. Museum offers "Dinosaurs and Eggs" preschool class Sept. 20

September 14th, 2007

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will offer its monthly preschool program “Wigglers and Walkers” from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Sept. 20 for children ages 2-5. September’s program is “Hatching the Past — Dinosaurs and Eggs.”

Participants in the class will join Florida Museum docents and staff for child-friendly fun while learning about museum exhibits through crafts, stories and other age-appropriate activities. Participants will learn about eggs and the animals that lay them.

The cost for each adult and child pair is $3 for Florida Museum members and $4 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…)

Fla. Museum to hold preschool wood work program March 21

March 12th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Adults and preschoolers are invited to attend the Florida Museum of Natural History’s “Wigglers and Walkers” program at 3:30 p.m. March 21.

Held every third Wednesday, the classes teach about museum exhibits through stories, crafts and other age-appropriate activities. This spring, participants learn how cultures start with similar natural materials and end with very different results. The March class focuses on wood work and the April 18 subject is natural fibers. (more…)

Fla. Museum offers K-5 science class Dec. 2

November 22nd, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will offer the “Dig it! Dinosaur Discoveries” class for children in grades K-5 from 10 a.m. – noon on Saturday, Dec. 2.

The class will explore the dynamic diversity of animals large and small, from caterpillars to dinosaurs, and the various ways animals adapt to their environments.

Registration for the class is $15 for members and $20 for non-members, plus a $2 lab fee. Pre-registration is required. For more information call (352) 846-2000, ext. 277.

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Fla. Museum offers home-school ‘Dinosaur Egg Hunt’ classes in October

September 26th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will offer science education programs developed specifically for home-schooled children ages 7-11 without an accompanying adult from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 3, Oct. 10, Oct. 17 and Oct. 24. Space for the “Dinosaur Egg Hunt” classes is limited and participants must register for the entire four-week session.

Students will explore the family life of Earth’s largest animals and learn what dinosaur bones, eggs and baby skeletons reveal about these creatures. Participants also will discover how paleontologists dig up clues to the past and why they believe dinosaurs are the ancient relatives of birds. Cost is $64 for Florida Museum members and $76 for non-members. Call (352) 846-2000 ext. 277 or visit www.flmnh.ufl.edu/education/home_school.htm for more information.

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Florida Museum offers ‘Almost Gone’ preschool class April 12

March 21st, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will offer its monthly preschool program “Wigglers and Walkers” from 3:30-4:30 p.m. April 12 for children ages 2-5. April’s program is themed “Going, Going…Almost Gone.”

Participants will join Florida Museum docents and staff for child-friendly fun, while learning about museum exhibits through crafts, stories and other age-appropriate activities. The class will explore endangered species ranging from manatees to sea turtles.

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Fla. Museum spring break camps lead k-5 students on outdoor exploration

March 10th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Lace up your boots. Spray on your bug repellent. And prepare for a weeklong adventure of animal tracking, jungle exploration and science discoveries.

The Florida Museum of Natural History invites kindergarten through fifth-grade students on an outdoor expedition to be held during the Alachua County spring break week, April 3-7. Students will explore the Amazon on a 3,000-mile caravan from the Andes to the sea, learn to be an expert animal tracker and uncover the varied cultures of the Amazon — all without leaving Gainesville.

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