GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History honored Martha Cade and Libby Furlow with the 2009 James Pope Cheney Volunteer of the Year award at its annual volunteer reception April 1.
The reception honors all volunteers who serve at Dickinson, Powell and McGuire halls in the museum’s collections and exhibits/ programs divisions.
Cade was recognized as the research and collections volunteer of the year for her work in the natural history and anthropology divisions, where she has served more than 3,000 hours over the past 13 years. She began as a curatorial assistant and has since moved into the equivalent of a full-time position as de facto collections manager for the ethnographic collection and assistant to the registrar of the anthropology division. (more…)
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History is accepting applications for summer 2009 junior volunteers from students ages 12-17. The application deadline is 4:30 p.m. April 14.
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 “Amazing Butterflies” exhibit opening June 13.
“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…)
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History recently recognized Annette Perry as its 2008 James Pope Cheney Volunteer of the Year.
Perry, a Florida Museum docent for 22 years, has received local and national recognition for her work. The museum honored her at its annual volunteer reception April 2.
“In so many ways, Annette has been a wonderful friend to the museum,” said Florida Museum Volunteer Coordinator Julie Crosby. “She is an excellent docent who is reliable, generous and helpful to visitors, staff and other volunteers. Annette continues to be a fine ambassador who promotes the museum in Alachua County and far beyond. We are thrilled to present her with this award.”
Perry implemented and edited the museum’s original docent newsletter and continues to assist with production of the current publication. She has recruited and mentored countless docents, and serves on the Florida Museum’s Docent Advisory Committee. (more…)
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…)
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History Vertebrate Paleontology Division is looking for volunteers to assist with fossil collecting at a major site discovered in 2005 in a limestone quarry northeast of Newberry.
The fossil dig began in October and will continue until Dec. 20. Volunteers are needed seven days a week between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and physically fit enough to work outside for a minimum of three hours. No previous experience is necessary.
The site is approximately a 30- to 45-minute drive from Gainesville. (more…)
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Now that the second field season of excavating fossils at a site west of Gainesville has ended, Florida Museum of Natural History paleontologists are gearing up to begin work on the approximately 220 skeletons and literally thousands of specimens uncovered between mid-September 2006 and May.
Florida Museum Vertebrate Paleontology Collections Manager Richard Hulbert is looking for volunteers over the age of 16 who enjoy working on puzzles and are able to devote time weekly to washing, sorting and repairing the material.
“We’re looking for people who are really good with puzzles,” Hulbert said. “Because despite the wonderful preservation at the site, pressure has crushed many of the bones into five, 10, or even 50 pieces that have to be put back together.” (more…)
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida Museum of Natural History scientists continue to find complete fossil animal skeletons in a 2-million-year-old sinkhole in western Alachua County and are desperately seeking volunteers to help excavate the site.
Located northeast of Newberry, this site has produced the largest number of fossil animal skeletons ever found at a single Florida location. With the help of volunteers, scientists hope to find the first skeleton of the 7-foot-tall flightless Terror Bird, Titanis walleri, that once roamed ancient Florida.
Florida Museum crews led by professional paleontologists are digging at the site every day until the end of May and more volunteers are needed most days. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, physically fit enough to work outside for a minimum of three hours and provide their own transportation to the site. No experience is necessary and all needed training will be provided on the first day of work. (more…)
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History is accepting applications for summer 2007 junior volunteers from students ages 12-17. The application deadline is 4:30 p.m. April 20. Junior volunteers are needed to work with younger students in the museum’s summer camps and Discovery Room, and to interact with visitors through Discovery Cart demonstrations.
Applications and more information are available at http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/volunteers/vol_juniors.htm or at the museum reception desk during business hours. Junior volunteers must serve at least 40 hours, complete a pre-service interview and training, and may serve a maximum of four hours per day. (more…)
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History is accepting registrations for its 16th annual fossil dig at the Thomas Farm in Gilchrist County, to be held April 10-15. Ornithology curator David Steadman and other Florida Museum scientists will lead participants in excavating 18-million-year-old fossils of many species, including alligators, tortoises, horses, birds, bats and lizards.
Registration for the event, “Hummingbird Challenge III,” includes evening lectures by fossil experts, guided morning nature walks and all meals.
“Thomas Farm is a beautiful setting and is considered one of North America’s premier fossil sites,” said group leader Steadman. “This is a great trip for both novice and expert fossil hunters and this year we will continue our quest to find hummingbird fossils at the site.” (more…)
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — From greeting guests and guiding school groups to working with butterflies or fossils, volunteers play a vital role at the Florida Museum of Natural History. The museum needs help in many areas and will conduct volunteer orientations this year from 10:15 – 11:30 a.m. on the second Thursday of every month.
Scheduled dates are Feb. 8, Mar. 8, Apr. 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, Aug. 9, Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8 and Dec. 13. Pre-registration is required. Interested adults may learn more about and apply for current museum volunteer opportunities, including docenting, horticulture, fossil digs and more. No experience is necessary and training is provided. (more…)