Fla. Museum receives grant for wildflower, butterfly project

June 30th, 2005

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History has received a $94,409 grant from the Florida Wildflower Advisory Council and the Florida Wildflower Foundation Inc. for projects that educate the public about Florida’s wildflowers and butterflies.

The “Educating the Public about Florida’s Wildflowers and Butterflies” project will allow the Florida Museum to develop a 4,000-square-foot outdoor demonstration garden west of the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity. The museum also will develop a brochure, web site and indoor exhibit about Florida wildflowers and butterflies. Proceeds from sales of the state wildflower specialty license plate funded the grant.

“The Florida Museum’s Butterfly Rainforest has generated considerable visitor interest in butterfly gardening,” said Florida Museum Director of Informal Science Education & Outreach Betty Dunckel. “Our demonstration garden will showcase Florida’s native wildflowers and their importance as host and nectar plants for our native butterflies.”

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