Fla. Museum seeks volunteers for Newberry fossil dig

September 13th, 2006

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History Vertebrate Paleontology Division is looking for volunteers this fall to assist with fossil collecting at a major site discovered in 2005 at a limestone quarry northeast of Newberry.

The fossil dig will run from Sept. 18 – Dec. 20 with work on weekends and weekdays between 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 necessary. For more information, visit http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/vertpaleo/2006_dig.htm or e-mail rhulbert@flmnh.ufl.edu.

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Florida Museum offers new volunteer orientation Aug. 26

July 19th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will offer a new volunteer orientation from 9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26 at Powell Hall in the University of Florida Cultural Plaza, near the intersection of Southwest 34th Street and Hull Road. The orientation will include a general overview, short tour of the museum and presentations by departments in need of volunteers, followed by a question and answer period. To attend the orientation, please register by phone or e-mail with Julie Crosby, volunteer coordinator, 352) 846-2000, ext. 210, or jcrosby@flmnh.ufl.edu by Friday, Aug. 18.

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Florida Museum honors Leslie Klein as Volunteer of the Year

May 17th, 2006

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History recently named docent Leslie Klein the winner of its 2006 James Pope Cheney Volunteer of the Year Award.

Klein, who was recognized at an April 27 reception, has volunteered at the Florida Museum more than 30 years, working with every age group from toddlers to seniors. Her contributions include design and production of costumes, props, sets, puppets and educational materials. She also has served as an interpreter, outreach volunteer, Florida Museum Associates board member and has conducted workshops for the museum at state and national meetings.

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Florida Museum seeking summer junior volunteers ages 12-17

April 17th, 2006

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History is accepting applications for the Summer 2006 Junior Volunteer Program from students ages 12-17. The application deadline is 4:30 p.m. April 28. 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.

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Fla. Museum fossil dig successful, more volunteers needed through May 13

April 13th, 2006

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida Museum of Natural History paleontologists and volunteers have recovered 60 partial to nearly complete animal skeletons from an ancient clay-filled sinkhole located in western Alachua County since work at the site began in May 2005, but more volunteers are still needed for the project, scheduled to continue through May 13.

Approximately 10 to 12 volunteers are needed each day, Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, maintain a moderate level of physical fitness and be able to work outdoors for a minimum of three hours. Experience is not necessary. All volunteers will receive training and will work with museum staff and University of Florida graduate students. Volunteers are responsible for arranging their own transportation to the fossil site.

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Fla. Museum fossil dig successful, more volunteers needed through Dec. 17

November 9th, 2005

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida Museum of Natural History paleontologists and volunteers have recovered more than 1,500 fossils from an ancient clay-filled sinkhole located in western Alachua County since work at the site began Oct. 11, but more volunteers are still needed for the project, scheduled to continue through Dec. 17.

The large-scale excavation of the site approximately two miles northeast of Newberry has uncovered 2-million-year-old fossilized bones and teeth of freshwater and land animals. Florida Museum paleontologists Jonathan Bloch and Richard Hulbert, who are leading the excavation, believe the initial weeks of the dig have been “extremely successful.”

“The scientific value of many of the skeletons we are uncovering is remarkably significant,” Bloch said. “The recovered skeletons of sloths and tapirs will allow detailed study of how these extinct mammals were related to mammals discovered at other fossil sites and to their living relatives.”

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Fla. Museum seeks volunteer naturalists to lead outdoor school tours

September 28th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will offer docent naturalist training for volunteers interested in leading museum school tours in the University of Florida Natural Area Teaching Lab from 1- 4:30 p.m on Sunday, Oct. 16 and Sunday, Nov. 6. Volunteers must attend one of these training sessions.

No prior experience or special skills are necessary to participate, except that volunteers must enjoy working with the public, especially children. For more information or to RSVP, contact Deb DiPietro, (352) 846-2000, ext. 203; dipietro@flmnh.ufl.edu or Sally Wazny, (352)846-2000, ext. 210; swazny@flmnh.ufl.edu.

Media Contact: Paul Ramey,  (352) 846-2000,  pramey@ufl.edu
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Fla. Museum seeks volunteer fossil diggers

September 23rd, 2005

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History is recruiting volunteers for a major fossil excavation that will be conducted October through December in western Alachua County. The site, approximately two miles northeast of Newberry, was discovered last spring in a limestone quarry.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to uncover 2-million-year-old fossilized bones and teeth of freshwater and land mammals. The common mammals discovered at the site include small ground sloths, large, armadillo-like animals and tapirs, hoofed, plant-eating mammals distantly related to horses and rhinoceroses.

The site is one of the few known in Florida to routinely produce partial to nearly complete skeletons of ancient mammals, in several cases the best examples of their species ever found in the world.

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Fla. Museum seeks volunteers to lead museum school tours

September 14th, 2005

For Immediate Release Sept 14, 2005

Contact:
Paul Ramey, Dir. of Marketing and Public Relations
Florida Museum of Natural History
(352) 846-2000, ext. 218, pramey@ufl.edu
Writer: Lauren Williams
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will offer docent training sessions next week for volunteers interested in leading museum school tours.

Session I of training will take place from 8:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 21-22. Volunteers must attend one of these days. Session II will take place from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23, featuring information about the new “In Search of Giant Squid” exhibit. Session III will take place from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 26- 27. Volunteers must attend one of these days.

No prior experience or special skills are necessary to participate, except that volunteers must enjoy working with the public, especially children. For more information or to RSVP, e-mail Deborah DiPietro, dipietro@flmnh.ufl.edu, or call (352) 846-2000, ext. 203.

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The Florida Museum of Natural History is Florida’s state natural history museum, dedicated to understanding, preserving and interpreting biological diversity and cultural heritage. It is located near the intersection of Southwest 34th Street and Hull Road in the University of Florida Cultural Plaza in Gainesville. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Florida Museum is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Butterfly Rainforest admission is $7.50 for adults and $4.50 for children ages 3-12. For more information, including directions and parking information, call (352) 846-2000, or visit the museum online, www.flmnh.ufl.edu.

Fla. Museum to hold butterfly volunteer training Sept. 11

September 2nd, 2005

For Immediate Release Sept 2, 2005

Contact:
Paul Ramey, Dir. of Marketing and Public Relations
Florida Museum of Natural History
(352) 846-2000, ext. 218, pramey@ufl.edu
Writer: Lauren Williams

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will offer a training session for volunteers interested in working with butterflies at the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity from 1 – 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11. Both adult and junior volunteers, ages 13-17, are needed for various volunteer opportunities. No prior experience or special skills are necessary to participate. For more information or to RSVP, contact Tori Derr, (352) 846-2000, ext. 206. Please RSVP by Sept. 9.

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The Florida Museum of Natural History is Florida’s state natural history museum, dedicated to understanding, preserving and interpreting biological diversity and cultural heritage. It is located near the intersection of Southwest 34th Street and Hull Road in the University of Florida Cultural Plaza in Gainesville. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Florida Museum is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Butterfly Rainforest admission is $7.50 for adults and $4.50 for children ages 3-12. For more information, including directions and parking information, call (352) 846-2000, or visit the museum online, www.flmnh.ufl.edu.

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