Florida Museum celebrates ‘Year of the Bat’ from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday

September 4th, 2012

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Join the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Lubee Bat Conservancy for a free “Year of the Bat Celebration” from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

The event begins at the Florida Museum at 3215 Hull Road with displays, live bats and activities on bat biology and conservation. Around 7:15 p.m., visitors will be directed to the University of Florida Bat House on Museum Road, where Lubee Bat Conservancy Director Brian Pope will speak to visitors while waiting for the bats to emerge at dusk. (more…)

Florida Museum to give away 400 trees during Arbor Day celebration April 28

April 4th, 2012

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History is giving away 400 native trees from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 28 in honor of Arbor Day.

During the museum’s first Arbor Day tree giveaway, visitors may select from one of eight tree species: 100 dogwoods, 100 redbuds, 50 mayhaws, 50 pawpaws, 25 Walter’s viburnums, 25 tulip Poplars, 25 sugarberries and 25 sparkleberries.

Trees are limited to one per person and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Dig into geology at the Florida Museum during ‘Can You Dig It?’ March 17

March 1st, 2012

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dig into geology and discover the ground beneath your feet at the sixth annual “Can You Dig It?” at the Florida Museum of Natural History from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 17.

This free, family-friendly event is sponsored by the University of Florida department of geological sciences and features hands-on activities and engaging demonstrations from the Gainesville Gem and Mineral Society, Jackson Stoneworks and Santa Fe College.

“We’ve added some new displays and tables this year,” said Matt Smith, lecturer for the UF department of geological sciences. “We really want to get the people and kids out to see what geology is all about. Lots of kids don’t know what geologists actually do, so every year we try to mix it up and make the event better.”

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Florida Museum hosts ‘Vanishing of the Bees’ film screening Feb. 29

February 14th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will partner with the University of Florida Office of Sustainability to host a free screening of the documentary “Vanishing of the Bees” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 29.

The film examines the importance of honeybees in pollinating fruit and vegetable crops and the impact of colony collapse disorder on the future of agriculture and America’s food production.

“We thought this was a great opportunity to partner with the Office of Sustainability and be a part of the Cinema Verde Environmental Film Festival,” said Florida Museum education assistant Amanda Erickson Harvey. “The film has a great message and it should be a lot of fun for everyone who attends.”

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Florida Museum free public engagement in science speaker series begins Feb. 6

January 31st, 2012

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Join the Florida Museum of Natural History for its first presentation of the “Ken and Linda McGurn Speaker Series: Public Engagement in Science” at 4 p.m. Feb. 6.

Visitors may enjoy an engaging discussion titled “Youth partnering in paleontology: Museums as centers for citizen science” by Robert Ross, associate director for outreach at the Paleontological Research Institution and its Museum of the Earth in Ithaca, N.Y. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served after the presentation in the museum’s classroom in Powell Hall on the University of Florida campus. (more…)

Ye’kwana artisans to showcase traditional artwork at Florida Museum

January 18th, 2012

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Join the Florida Museum of Natural History and artisans from the Ye’kwana indigenous culture in Venezuela from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 22 and 25 for traditional basket weaving and carving demonstrations.

During the free events, Ye’kwana Simon Caura will create a stool reminiscent of one used by a shaman, or spiritual ruler, and Aurora Rodriguez Caura, one of the founders of Kanwasumi, a women’s basket weaving cooperative in Venezuela, will demonstrate basket weaving. The two also plan to speak with visitors about Ye’kwana culture and answer questions about their traditions and history. (more…)

Explore the universe during Starry Night Nov. 3 at the Florida Museum

October 24th, 2011

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Join the Florida Museum of Natural History and area astronomy experts for an evening of celestial exploration and cosmic adventure during the fifth annual Starry Night event, from 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 3 at the museum.

Starry Night is produced by the Florida Museum, Alachua Astronomy Club Inc., Santa Fe College natural sciences department astronomy section and Kika Silva Pla Planetarium and the University of Florida department of astronomy.

Outside, visitors may gaze at the stars and learn about the night sky through engaging discussion with members of the Alachua Astronomy Club and UF astronomy department employees and students. (more…)

Florida Museum’s first free ‘Science Café’ Oct. 6 explores seafood choices

September 22nd, 2011

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will host the first program in its free “Science Café” series, “Seafood Choices: Why am I confused?” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 6.

The evening features information and a group discussion about seafood industry changes and the potential effect on consumers, including supply, costs, health, safety and sustainability. Florida Sea Grant seafood specialist Steve Otwell will provide a brief introduction on these topics, including how sustainable selections may encourage consumers to search for new options. An assortment of taste samples and a cash bar also will be available. (more…)

Florida Museum ‘Celebration of Sound’ Aug. 26 explores cultural traditions

August 2nd, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Discover how cultures across the world incorporate sound into their traditions during “Celebration of Sound” from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

The free event offers visitors a glimpse of how Native Americans incorporate sound into storytelling and features performances by Fear Buile, a local traditional Irish band, and Deezy Pete, a jazz trio.

“This is a celebration of the museum and the rich cultural history and heritage of the University of Florida,” said Tiffany Ireland, Florida Museum education assistant. (more…)

Florida Museum leads project to develop interactive apps for Jacksonville Zoo

April 21st, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Want to learn more about penguins and alligators at the Jacksonville Zoo? Thanks to a partnership with the Florida Museum of Natural History, there’s an app for that.

The museum created the free apps based on exhibits at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens to provide visitors with an interactive, educational experience, but the mobile technology allows users to learn more about the animals from any location, said Dale Johnson, Florida Museum project coordinator.

Both apps, designed for children 6 and older, are available through Apple’s iTunes store for the iPod touch and iPhone, and intended to be used by the entire family while exploring the zoo. (more…)

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