Florida Museum of Natural History names 2012 volunteers of the year

June 19th, 2012

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History recently honored Janet Cornelius and Joyce Thompson as winners of the 2012 James Pope Cheney Volunteer of the Year Award.

Cornelius served 686 hours in two positions at the museum during 2011 and has completed more than 2,000 hours since she began volunteering in January 2009.

Thompson, a former school teacher, serves as a school programs docent and completed 231 hours of service in 2011. She began volunteering in the fall of 2010. (more…)

Become a Florida Museum junior volunteer: Applications available March 9

February 27th, 2012

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Applications for the Florida Museum of Natural History summer 2012 junior volunteer program for students ages 12-17 are available beginning March 9 and due April 11.

Applications will be posted online at www.flmnh.ufl.edu/volunteers/vol_juniors.htm and available at Powell Hall, 3215 Hull Road, Gainesville FL, 32611. Applications must be delivered to the museum or postmarked by 5 p.m. April 11.

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Museum offers free opportunity for volunteer fossil diggers through Nov. 20

October 27th, 2011

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Don’t miss your chance to uncover ancient fossils and possibly discover a new species at the Florida Museum of Natural History’s volunteer fossil dig Nov. 11-20 at the Thomas Farm site in Gilchrist County.

Volunteers have the opportunity to work alongside Florida Museum researchers and students to recover ancient vertebrate fossils, both big and small. The specimens become part of the museum collections, and past finds include prehistoric alligators, bear dogs, birds, rhinos and tortoises.

Digging hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Volunteers are expected to work a minimum of three hours per day and may register for multiple days. In addition to digging, volunteers are also expected to spend some time washing fossil-bearing sediment through screens to recover bones and teeth of small animals. (more…)

Florida Museum of Natural History names volunteer of year award winners

April 12th, 2011

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History named Jane Blanchard and Jerry Hessels recipients of the James Pope Cheney Volunteer of the Year Award at a volunteer reception April 5.

Blanchard has completed more than 1,175 hours of service since she began volunteering in 2007, and works in the Lepidoptera, paleobotany and palynology collections.

“She has completed dedicated and important work in two very different areas and that’s not the norm,” said Julie Crosby, Florida Museum volunteer coordinator. (more…)

Florida Museum seeks summer junior volunteers ages 12-17

March 1st, 2011

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History is accepting applications for summer 2011 junior volunteers from students ages 12-17. The application deadline is 5 p.m. April 7.

An application and more information are available online, www.flmnh.ufl.edu/volunteers/vol_juniors.htm, or at the museum front desk in Powell Hall, near the intersection of Southwest 34th Street and Hull Road, during business hours. (more…)

Florida Museum of Natural History honors volunteers of year

May 19th, 2010

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History recently honored Jim Beville and Jackie Fried with the 2010 James Pope Cheney Volunteer of the Year Award.

Beville and Fried received the award March 31 at the museum’s annual reception to honor volunteers who serve throughout the museum in the collections and exhibits/programs divisions.

James “Jim” Beville was honored as the research and collections volunteer of the year. He has completed more than 1,700 hours of service since he began volunteering with the paleobotany and palynology divisions in 2006. He also has volunteered as a participant during the museum’s annual Collectors Day program. (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…)

Florida Museum seeks new volunteers; Orientation scheduled for Dec. 3

November 18th, 2009

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will offer a new volunteer orientation from 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 The orientation includes a general overview of volunteer duties, an opportunity to view museum exhibits, and presentations by departments currently seeking volunteers.

“Volunteering at the museum is an opportunity to connect with the community and to share natural science and history with people of all ages,” said Florida Museum volunteer coordinator Julie Crosby.

The museum has many volunteer positions available. Docents guide and educate groups through various exhibits. Collections and research assistants help collect, catalogue and maintain the collections at Dickinson Hall and the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity. Interpreters and naturalists assist and educate visitors about natural science topics in the Butterfly Rainforest and other outdoor areas, and horticulturalists help Butterfly Rainforest staff maintain the vivarium’s plants (more…)

Florida Museum announces ninth annual free volunteer fossil dig

October 6th, 2009

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History vertebrate paleontology division will begin its annual free volunteer fossil dig Saturday, Oct. 24. The project will continue through Tuesday, Nov. 24, with work occurring from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

No previous experience is required. Volunteers must be at least 15 years old, in good physical condition and be able to work a minimum of three hours a day. Visit www.flmnh.ufl.edu/vertpaleo/fall_2009.htm for more information and an application form.

This year’s dig will take place at the Thomas Farm fossil site in northern Gilchrist County near the town of Bell. The site contains a rich diversity of ancient life that lived in the Southeast about 18 million years ago. Volunteers will likely discover fossil teeth and bones of small three-toed horses, a large horn-less rhinoceros, the giant bear-dog, and Alligator olseni, the ancestor of the modern alligator. (more…)

Fla. Museum volunteer of year wins Work of Heart Award

April 29th, 2009

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida Museum of Natural History volunteer Libby Furlow was honored as Arts and Recreation Volunteer of the Year at the 38th annual Work of Heart Awards on Tuesday at the Paramount Plaza Hotel.

Furlow is also the recipient of the 2009 James Pope Cheney Volunteer of the Year award for exhibits and public programs at the Florida Museum.

Furlow has volunteered at the Florida Museum for more than 36 years, logging more than 1,000 volunteer hours in the past nine years. She has served as a docent, naturalist, Butterfly Rainforest interpreter, and horticulture assistant, and has been instrumental in planning several education and outreach programs. In addition, Furlow has been an active member of the Museum Associates since 1972, and has served on the board two terms each as secretary and as president. She currently serves as an Emerita member. (more…)

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