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September 2018

ButterflyFest Facebook photo challenge

September 17 - 24

Entries accepted for ButterflyFest Facebook photo challenge until Sept. 24 The Florida Museum of Natural History is hosting the sixth-annual ButterflyFest Facebook Photo Challenge! Submit your best picture incorporating ecosystem services by Sept. 24 for your chance to win prizes. This free challenge is open to all ages. The museum will post the top 10 images from entries received on its Facebook page Oct. 1, and the public will select the overall winner online via the most ‘likes.’ The winning photograph will be recognized…

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‘Permian Monsters’ exhibit

September 29 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Florida Museum to open new ‘Permian Monsters’ exhibit Sept. 29 The Florida Museum of Natural History will open its newest featured exhibit, “Permian Monsters: Life before the Dinosaurs” Sept. 29 with free activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. As an early celebration of National Fossil Day, visitors may speak with members of Florida fossil clubs about what fossils can be found around the state, and meet paleontologists and geologists who work to uncover the secrets of these ancient remains. Visitors can learn about the world’s…

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October 2018

Florida Museum to host Educator Open House

October 4 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Looking for classroom ideas and teaching materials? The Florida Museum of Natural History and Harn Museum of Art are partnering with other educational organizations to provide information about field trips, workshops, lesson plans and free resources on Oct. 4 from 3 to 5 p.m. This event is open to all educators, and attendees will visit the “Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs” exhibit, participate in Harn Museum exhibition tours, enjoy refreshments and receive a discount in the museum gift shops. Alachua County Public Schools teachers can…

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Repticon Jacksonville Reptile & Exotic Animal Show

October 6 @ 10:00 am - October 7 @ 4:00 pm

Repticon Jacksonville is a reptile event featuring vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise as well as live animal seminars and frequent free raffles for coveted prizes. Exciting, educational, family-oriented fun for everyone!   Hours: Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm (VIP Entry at 9:00am) / Sunday: 10:00am-4:00pm (No VIP Early Entry) Admission: Adults – $10, Children (5-12) – $5, Under 5 – Free / Visit our website for special offers on 2-day and VIP tickets   For tickets head to http://repticon.com/florida/jacksonville/  

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Florida Museum plant sale

October 12 @ 10:00 am - October 14 @ 5:00 pm

The Florida Museum of Natural History will host a large plant sale with more than 150 species of difficult-to-find and pollinator-friendly plants Oct. 12 and 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Oct. 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Accent, host, native and nectar plants are available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting the Florida Museum’s “Butterfly Rainforest” exhibit. For more information, visit www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/event/butterflyfest-plant-sale or call 352-846-2000.

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Florida Museum accepting registrations for photography workshop

October 13 @ 8:00 am - October 14 @ 9:00 am

Snap the picture of a lifetime Oct. 13 or 14 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in the Florida Museum of Natural History’s “Butterfly Rainforest” exhibit, featuring more than 50 species at any given time. During this special event, use your tripod and other photographic equipment not usually permitted. Each session is $35, or $30 for museum members, and includes exhibit admission. Pre-registration is required and participants must be 18 years or older. For more information or to register, visit www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/calendar/tag/photography or call 352-273-2057.

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13th annual Butterflyfest

October 13 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Explore the lives of bats, bees, birds and butterflies at the Florida Museum of Natural History’s 13th annual ButterflyFest on Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn about butterfly gardening, native pollinators, conservation, backyard wildlife and more. Enjoy the ButterflyFest Plant Sale Oct. 12-14, one of the museum’s largest sales of the year with more than 150 species available. Experience butterfly releases and come dressed in your favorite pollinator attire for the pollinator parade! Food and merchandise vendors will be available. Visit www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/butterflyfest for more information.

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‘Lost Bird Project’ Todd McGrain to speak at Florida Museum

October 25 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Artist Todd McGrain, creator of “The Lost Bird Project,” will speak Oct. 25 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Florida Museum of Natural History. McGrain sculpted the statues of five extinct North American bird species, ranging from 4 to 6 feet in height, as a tribute to endangered and extinct species, and placed them in the locations they were last seen in the wild. The museum will display the statues for a year beginning Nov. 1. McGrain’s presentation is free and open to the…

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November 2018

She’s a Scientist: A Girl Scout Exploration

November 4 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Florida Museum of Natural History presents “She’s a Scientist: A Girl Scout Exploration” Nov. 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. Brownies and Junior Girl Scouts will experience hands-on activities and experiments while meeting local scientists. Pre-registration is required to receive a special patch created for this event. For more information and pricing, visit www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/event/shes-a-scientist-exploration or call 352-273-2061.

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Ask a Scientist: Peoples of the Pacific Northwest

November 11 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Florida Museum of Natural History visitors can find answers during an afternoon of discovery and learning on Nov. 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. Participants for “Ask a Scientist: Peoples of the Pacific Northwest” may talk one-on-one with Florida Museum registrar Elise LeCompte and see material from the museum’s ethnography research collection. For more information, visit www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/event/ask-a-scientist or call 352-273-2061.

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