National Head Start website adds museum science education guides

December 8th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Marvelous Explorations through Science and Stories project now has teacher’s guides available online through the national Head Start program and at the Florida Museum of Natural History website.

The fun and educational science-centered guides provide a challenging and engaging curriculum for early childhood students and teachers. The guides cover a range of science topics including animals, physical science, the environment and the human body.

Shari Ellis, project director at the Florida Museum’s Center for Informal Science Education, said the curriculum was created for preschoolers, but can be easily adapted for early elementary grades. (more…)

Bring your children to the Fla. Museum for a ‘Playful Escape’ during the holidays

December 8th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Register today for Playful Escapes to keep your child’s mind moving with during the winter holidays. Registration is available online at www.flmnh.ufl.edu/education/childrens_classes.htm for sessions Dec. 27, 28, 28 and 30.

“Every year, children have a great time in our Playful Escapes,” said Kendra Lanza-Kaduce, Florida Museum public programs coordinator. “The program provides children with fun and interactive activities that let them learn about natural history and the environment.” (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…)

Florida Museum of Natural History opens ‘Discovery Room’ June 21

June 14th, 2010

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History opens its “Discovery Room” for guests of all ages from June 21- Aug. 22. The room is free and open every day until 4:30 p.m.

The activity space provides an opportunity for children and adults to learn about Florida’s natural habitats through hands-on activities, interactive displays, books, games and various scheduled programs. (more…)

Florida Museum seeks summer junior volunteers ages 12-17

March 2nd, 2010

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History is accepting applications for summer 2010 junior volunteers from students ages 12-17. The application deadline is 5 p.m. April 5.

Junior volunteers work with younger students in the museum’s summer camps and with children and families in the Discovery Room. They also interact with visitors through Discovery Cart demonstrations in the museum’s permanent exhibits and serve as interpreters for the “CSI: Crime Scene Insects” exhibit opening May 8.

“Being a junior volunteer is a great way for students to learn how a museum works behind the scenes to present programs and events, and many of our volunteers make new friends while serving,” said volunteer coordinator Julie Crosby. (more…)

Space available in ‘Playful Escapes’ class Feb. 15

January 27th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Looking for something for the kids to do during the Presidents Day holiday? Let them have fun in a safe, educational environment with “Playful Escapes” from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

Classes feature themed crafts and activities that keep kids’ minds moving during the school holiday. Students in grades K-5 will learn about butterflies, fossils, sharks and other Florida natural history topics. Spaces remain for the class and parents are encouraged to register their children now.

Students should dress for outdoor activities and bring a sack lunch. Pre-registration is required. A half day session is $25 for museum members, $30 for non-members. A full-day session is $45 for members, $50 for non-members. (more…)

Spend the night at the Florida Museum of Natural History Feb. 27

January 20th, 2010

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When night descends on the Florida Museum of Natural History, where does Megalodon hunt? What makes a glyptodont sleepy? And what happens when museum visitors stay after hours?

Find out what lurks in the cave and what goes on in the Calusa hut when the lights go down at “Overnight at the Museum,” a Florida Museum sleepover Saturday, Feb. 27 – Sunday, Feb. 28.

“Overnight at the Museum is an adventure-filled party that lets participants experience the Florida Museum in an extraordinary way,” said education assistant Tiffany Ireland. “Because the inaugural sleepover last September was such a success, we wanted to be sure and offer this special opportunity to families again.” (more…)

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…)

National UF butterfly science curriculum engages kids as scientists

October 1st, 2009

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Youth around the country will become bona fide butterfly researchers as part of a new science curriculum developed by University of Florida faculty and staff.

The curriculum, Project Butterfly WINGS, was developed by the Florida Museum of Natural History and UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, and has been reviewed and recommended by the National 4-H Council. It also is one of 11 afterschool curricula recommended by the 4-H Afterschool Taskforce and is available to all educators, afterschool programs and 4-H clubs nationwide.

Project Butterfly WINGS, which stands for Winning Investigative Network for Great Science, began as a National Science Foundation-funded project to interest girls in science. (more…)

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