GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History named Chris and Joan Schneider winners of the first James Pope Cheney Volunteer of the Year Award at this year’s volunteer recognition reception on April 14.
Each week for 18 years the couple has made the 45 minute trip between their home in Ocala and the Florida Museum to work as tour guides, with the museum’s Inquiry Box program or as Butterfly Rainforest volunteers. Joan has given thousands of origami demonstrations, as well as gifts and displays to the Florida Museum. Chris has delighted children of all ages with a magic show by “Captain Chris.” He also has created inexpensive activities and props to support summer public programs. Together they have brought to life more than 20 public programs and selflessly donated countless hours and materials to the museum.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History is seeking Junior Volunteers ages 13-17 for the summer. There is no deadline to apply and no previous experience is necessary. Junior Volunteers are needed during all museum hours and training will be provided for a wide range of positions.
The volunteers will bring the Florida Museum alive by creating Discovery Carts, interactive stations loaded with hands-on objects, pictures and activities. They will engage visitors in the Butterfly Rainforest as they assist with butterfly identification and answer questions. They also will supervise and clean the Discovery Room, a place where guests and children can play, read or participate in themed activities.
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 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 30.
Both adult and junior volunteers, ages 13-17, are needed for various volunteer opportunities. A light breakfast will be provided at the session, but participants must bring their own lunch. No prior experience or special skills are necessary to participate. For more information, call (352) 846-2000, ext. 210.