Register now for Florida Museum of Natural History summer camps

May 30th, 2008

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Florida Museum Summer Camps
Please contact Tiffany Ireland for information, (352) 273-2061

June 9 – 13

What Moves You? (AM 1) (Grades 1-4)
Seas of magma and shocking earthquakes! Journey to the center of the Earth to examine the behind-the-scenes action of our planet’s core. Create a mini-volcano and watch it blow its top!

Desert Trek (PM 1) (Grades 1-4)
Encounter the unique flora, fauna and cultures that thrive in deserts. Examine how plants and animals have adapted for survival in this harsh climate. Compare and contrast desert cultures around the world and learn how people make the most out of the limited resources in this environment. (more…)

Fla. Museum hosts K-5 science program ‘Why Monkeys Choose to Live in Trees’ May 10

May 2nd, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Children in grades K-5 are invited to join the Florida Museum of Natural History 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. May 10 for its Let’s Explore Science Series program “Why Monkeys Choose to Live in Trees.” Join the museum on Saturday and find out and how they manage to do so at the Florida Museum of Natural History’s Let’s Explore! Science Series May 10.

Participants will discover African oral traditions about monkeys and how the animals inspired these stories.

The class is $18 for Florida Museum members and $24 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. For more information call (352) 273-2061 or visit www.flmnh.ufl.edu/education/childrens_classes.htm. (more…)

Florida Museum seeking summer junior volunteers ages 12-17

March 19th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History is accepting applications for summer 2008 junior volunteers from students ages 12-17. The application deadline is 4:30 p.m. April 11.

Junior volunteers are needed to work with younger students in the museum’s summer camps and Discovery Room, interact with visitors through Discovery Cart demonstrations and serve as interpreters for the “Inside Africa” exhibit. An application and more information are available online, www.flmnh.ufl.edu/volunteers/vol_juniors.htm or at the museum reception desk during business hours.

Junior volunteers must serve at least 30 hours over the course of the summer (40 hours if serving as a camp assistant) and may work a maximum of four hours per day. A pre-service interview, required for all new applicants, will take place April 26, and a training session 1-5 p.m. June 1 is required for new and returning volunteers. (more…)

Florida Museum to host 200 preschoolers during first "Pre-K Day" Feb. 12

February 8th, 2008

Editor’s note: Pre-K Day registration is closed. The Florida Museum welcomes coverage, but is not seeking pre-event publicity. Thank you.

What:
Pre-kindergarten “Things with Wings” Day

When:
8:45 a.m. to noon, Feb. 12, 2008

Where:
Florida Museum of Natural History
UF Cultural Plaza
Powell Hall, SW 34th Street and Hull Road (more…)

Fla. Museum begins "Wigglers and Walkers" preschool series Feb. 20

February 8th, 2008

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will offer its monthly preschool series “Wigglers and Walkers” at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 20 for children ages 2-5. This month’s program is “Lake Lodgings.”

Preschool children and their adult chaperones will learn about museum exhibits through stories, crafts and other age-appropriate activities led by museum docents and staff.

Additional “Wigglers and Walkers” programs this spring include “Dirt Dwellings” March 19 and “Tree Houses” April 16. Class registration is $4 for members and $5 for non-members for each adult and child pair; there is a $2 per each additional child. No pre-registration is required. For more information, call (352) 273-2061. (more…)

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…)

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