Dig into geology at the Florida Museum during ‘Can You Dig It?’ April 16

March 28th, 2011

Editors Note: A full list activities follows this release

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Discover geology and explore the ground beneath your feet during “Can You Dig It?” at the Florida Museum of Natural History from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 16.

The free family-friendly event, sponsored by the University of Florida department of geological sciences, Water and Air Research Inc. and Creative Environmental Solutions Inc., includes hands-on activities and live demonstrations from UF professors and students as well as the Gainesville Gem and Mineral Society. (more…)

Photographer Carlton Ward, Jr. to give special presentation at Florida Museum March 31

March 17th, 2011

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Join the Florida Museum of Natural History for a special presentation by University of Florida alumnus and conservation photographer Carlton Ward, Jr. from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. March 31.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

“Our visitors loved meeting Carlton at the opening of his exhibit ‘Florida Cowboys: Keepers of the Last Frontier’ on Feb. 12,” said Florida Museum education coordinator Kendra Lanza-Kaduce. “We are so excited he is coming back to the museum for this presentation.” (more…)

Florida Museum of Natural History guided fossil exhibit tours begin Feb. 19

February 8th, 2011

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History is now offering free docent-guided tours of the permanent exhibit, “Florida Fossils: Evolution of Life and Land. The 20 minute tours begin at 2:45 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month, beginning Feb. 19.

“We really hope the tours will enrich the visitor experience at the museum,” said Florida Museum education assistant Jeanette Carlisle. “Our goal is to make this an ongoing and permanent program.”

The tours are guided by museum docents with exhibit training. Groups are limited to 12 people, and visitors who wish to participate should meet the docent tour guide in the central gallery in front of the mammoth five minutes prior to the tour. (more…)

Museum offers full slate for ‘Florida Cattle Ranching,’ ‘Cowboys’ opening Feb. 12

February 3rd, 2011

Gainesville last stop on ‘Cattle Ranching’ tour; both exhibits free

Editors note: A complete list of opening day activities follows this release

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Grab your boots and mosey down to the Florida Museum of Natural History for the opening of “Florida Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of Tradition” and “Florida Cowboys: Keepers of the Last Frontier, Photographs by Carlton Ward Jr.,” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 12.

“Visitors can experience the excitement of Florida’s cattle ranching culture through our opening day activities,” said Florida Museum of Natural History education coordinator Kendra Lanza-Kaduce. “The number of ranching- and cowboy-related activities and groups scheduled to participate make this the largest public opening event the Florida Museum has hosted. Visitors, young and old, will enjoy both exhibits.” (more…)

Join the Florida Museum for Collectors Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

January 18th, 2011

Editors note: A list of collectors interested in speaking with the media is available on request.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Join the Florida Museum of Natural History for the 32nd Collectors Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Collectors Day is the museum’s longest running event and attracts hundreds of visitors and collectors from around the region.

“There is such a large variety of collections that whether you enjoy classic cars, pop culture, history or animals, Collectors Day will showcase a collection that will engage and fascinate you,” said Kendra Lanza-Kaduce, Florida Museum education and public programs coordinator. (more…)

Cattle ranching, cowboy exhibits open Feb. 12 at Florida Museum Natural History

January 12th, 2011

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Move over Texans; Floridians are the original cowboys. Discover the state’s cattle ranching and cowboy traditions through two new exhibits opening at the Florida Museum of Natural History Feb. 12: “Florida Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of Tradition” and “Florida Cowboys: Keepers of the Last Frontier, Photographs by Carlton Ward Jr.”

These free exhibits, on display through May 8, take an in-depth look at Florida’s cattle ranching history and continued impact on the state’s economy (more…)

Popularity prompts Fla. Museum extension of ‘Blue Path’ exhibit to Feb. 13, 2011

December 22nd, 2010

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History is pleased to announce an extension of “The Blue Path: Protecting Florida’s springs” exhibit until Feb. 13, 2011, due to popular demand.

Coordinated by Florida’s Eden, a nonprofit citizen initiative that helped launch the Blue Path grassroots campaign, the exhibit uses paintings, photographs, maps and videos to illustrate how the state’s springs have shaped the local landscape. The exhibit also emphasizes the importance of the springs, and how residents’ everyday choices have a dramatic effect on water resources. (more…)

Florida Museum to offer UF employees free admission Saturday

December 2nd, 2010

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida faculty and staff are invited to explore the Florida Museum of Natural History free of charge from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The museum mailed postcards to UF employees that may be presented for free admission to the temporary exhibit “CSI: Crime Scene Insects” and the “Butterfly Rainforest” exhibit. UF employees who did not receive a postcard may still receive free admission Saturday Dec. 4, 2010, with a valid Gator 1 card. (more…)

Florida Museum revives popular ‘A for Science’ free student admission offer

November 1st, 2010

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History is again rewarding students who receive outstanding grades in science with free admission to the Butterfly Rainforest exhibit.

Elementary, middle and high school students in Alachua, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Gilchrist, Levy, Marion, Putnam and Union counties who receive an ‘A’ or ‘S’ grade in science can present their latest report card for free admission to the Butterfly Rainforest with a paid regular price adult admission. The offer is valid until the next report cards are issued. A student receiving another ‘A’ or ‘S’ grade on their next report card would again qualify for the offer through the end of the following grading period. (more…)

Explore the sky during Starry Night Nov. 12 at the Florida Museum

October 28th, 2010

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Experience the universe like never before at the fourth annual Starry Night from 4 to 10 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

Join astronomy experts from the Alachua Astronomy Club, the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium, Santa Fe College and the University of Florida for interactive discussions, question-and-answer sessions and hands-on activities throughout the night. (more…)

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