Front Cover
 Museum overview
 Table of Contents
 Program planning

Group Title: Florida Museum of Natural History educators' guides
Title: Introduction to museum exhibits & school programs
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Series Title: Florida Museum of Natural History educators' guides
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Page 1
        Page 2
    Museum overview
        Page 3
    Table of Contents
        Page 4
        Page 5
        Page 6
        Page 7
        Page 8
        Page 9
        Page 10
        Page 11
        Page 12
        Page 13
    Program planning
        Page 14
        Page 15
        Page 16
        Page 17
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This Educators' Guide to Museum Exhibits and School Programs
was produced by the Florida Museum of Natural History with the support
from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

2008 Florida Museum of Natural History
University of Florida Cultural Plaza
Powell Hall on Hull Road P.O. Box 112710 Gainesville, FL 32611-2710
(352) 846-2000 www.flmnh.ufl.edu

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Writers: David Webb and Jamie C. Creola
Supervising Editor: Jamie C. Creola
Graphic Designers: Elecia Crumpton, Hollis Wooley

We would like to thank the Institute of Museum and Library Services for their support.

For more information about the variety of educational programming
offered by the Florida Museum, please visit our website:



Welcome to the Florida Museum of Natural History, chartered by the Florida Legislature in 1917 as the
state's official natural history museum. With more than 20 million specimens of amphibians, birds, butterflies,
fish, mammals, mollusks, reptiles, vertebrate and invertebrate fossils, recent and fossil plants and associated
databases and libraries, the Florida Museum is the largest natural history museum in the Southeast. The museum
occupies three principal facilities on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville.
Dickinson Hall, home to the museum since the early 1970s, houses most of the collections and research
activities. The University of Florida Herbarium is also located here. Today, Dickinson Hall is visited primarily by
scientists and university students engaged in collections-based natural history research involving our extensive
neontological, paleontological, and anthropological/archaeological holdings.

Powell Hall is the museum's main Education and Exhibition Center. Open to the public since January 1998, this
facility houses exhibits and public education programs. It is located between the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
and the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in the UF Cultural Plaza at S.W. 34th Street and Hull
Road on the western edge of campus.

Visitors to Powell Hall will encounter exciting temporary exhibits and signature permanent exhibition halls that
explore the state's unique habitats and rich cultural history.

McGuire Hall is the museum's newest addition, a 35,000 sq. ft. facility housing the McGuire Center for
Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, a center devoted to collections-based research, public education and a living
butterfly vivarium. The collections, including those once located in the Allyn Museum of Entomology in
Sarasota, total over two million specimens. The Lepidoptera research facilities are among the finest in the
world. Visitors can explore the "Wall of Wings", which reaches nearly three stories high and 200 feet long,
containing thousands of images and actual Lepidoptera specimens, information panels, videos and maps. The
Center also features a 6,400-square-foot Butterfly Rainforest exhibit, a screened enclosure of lush subtropical
and tropical trees and plants that supports hundreds of living butterflies and moths from all corners of the globe
with waterfalls and a walking trail.

The museum also manages the 56-acre Randell Research Center, an internationally significant archaeological
site on Pine Island near Ft. Myers.

The Florida Museum of Natural History staff includes approximately 100 full-time and 120 part-time staff
members and over 400 volunteers. The annual operating budget of ca. $18 million includes state and federal
funding and gifts of private support. The museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums and
is an institutional member of the Association of Science-Technology Centers, the Natural Science Collections
Alliance, the Florida Association of Museums and the Southeastern Museums Conference.



Part One: Exhibits

M useum Exhibits M ap ........................................................................05
Permanent & Temporary Exhibit Descriptions ......................... ..................... 06
Natural Area Teaching Laboratory (NATL) ........................................................07
Detailed Description & Map of our Temporary exhibit........................................ 08
Upcoming Temporary Exhibitions................................................. 09

Part Two: Programming

Section One: Programs for Students
Programs Overview........................... ...... ....... ......................10
Guided School Programs......................................................... 10
Self-Guided Visits ..................................................................... 11
Outreach Inquiry Boxes........................................................ 11

Section Two: Programs & Resources for Teachers
Teacher Workshops.......................................................... 12
Educators' Open House.............................. .... ..... ......................12
Online Educators' Guides & Resources ........................................................ 12
Upcoming Teacher Events............................................................ 13

Part Three: Program Planning

Section One: General Information ................................... .............................14
Section Two: Field Trip Planning ............................. ..............................16
Section Three: Staff & Program Contacts ................................................. 17


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Permanent and Temporary Exhibit Descriptions 6

Northwest Florida: Waterways and Wildlife This exhibit follows water as it flows through
the unique environments of northwest Florida, the most biodiverse region of the state. Explore
a hardwood hammock featuring a life-sized limestone cave, a seepage bog with its carnivorous
plants, a Native American trading sceneand more.

South Florida People & Environments This exhibit celebrates the story of native people
in South Florida and the environments that supported them. Walk along a boardwalk through
a mangroveforest, travel underwater to view larger-than-life marine creatures, visit the house
of a Calusa leader and much more.

Hall of Florida Fossils: Evolution of Life & Land Drawing upon the Florida Museum's
internationally acclaimed fossil collections, this award-winning exhibit describes the last 65 million
years of Florida's history. Walk through time beginning with the Eocene, when Florida was underwater,
to the Pleistocene when the first humans arrived 14,000 years ago.

Butterfly Rainforest & Butterfly Exhibits Stroll through this 6,400-square-foot screened,
Outdoor enclosure with subtropical and tropical plants and hundreds of living butterflies. View
thousands of Lepidoptera species on the "Wall of Wings" and learn about butterfly and moth biology.
See scientists working in the Butterfly Rearing Lab and the Research Labs.

D Fossil Plant Garden | This outdoor exhibit, located next to the Museum entrance, is landscaped
with modern species of plants whose ancestors lived millions of years ago and are preserved as
fossils in many places around the world.

Florida Wildflower & Butterfly Garden This outdoor demonstration garden is the Museum's
newest addition. Located just west of the Museum,the garden showcases Florida's native wildflowers
and their importance as host and nectar plants for Florida's native butterflies.

Children's Natural History Artwork Admire artwork created by elementary students to
complement the Changing Gallery 1 exhibit. In this collaborative project with Alachua County Public
Schools, elementary art teachers integrate scienceand social studies concepts into the art curriculum.



Permanent and Temporary Exhibit Descriptions continued

UF Natural Area Teaching Laboratory (NATL)
The University of Florida Natural Area Teaching Laboratory (NATL), adjacent to the Florida Museum,
is dedicated to teaching students and the public about ecology and biotic diversity. It consists of 60 acres
and has significant samples of three upland ecosystems characteristic of north peninsular Florida: hammock,
upland pine, and old-field succession. It has a variety of wetland habitats, including a 9-acre marsh that drains
into a pond, a sinkhole and a 3-acre ecologically engineered retention basin.

Visit natl.ifas.ufl.edu to read descriptions of each ecosystem and wetland habitat.

Florida Museum
of Natural History The entrance to the NATL nature trails is
just south of the Museum's front entrance.



Detailed Description & Map of our Temporary Exhibit

Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body I Sept. 27, 2008- Jan. 4, 2009
This 5000 sq. ft. highly interactive Blockbuster exhibit is based on the best selling children's book of the same
name. The exhibit excites and educates kids about the functions of human anatomy with components such as
Burp man, Gas Attack, Urine the Game, and Vomit Center.


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Florida Museum of Natural History Grossology Traveling Exhibit Floorplan.
1. Gallery Entrance 5. Yu Stink 9. Burp Man 12. Click Ick
2. Nigel Nose-It-All 6. Urine The Game 10. Let's Play 13. Toot Toot!
3. Listen To Your Body 7. GI Slide Grossology 14. Up Your Nose
4. Look Inside 8. Tour Du Nose 11. Gas Attack 15. Skin Climbing Wall

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Upcoming Temporary Exhibit Descriptions 9

Everglades Double Feature: I Feb. 7, 2009 May 31, 2009
ForEverglades: Photos by Clyde Butcher & Jeff Ripple
Enjoy the beauty of Everglades landscapes through the large-format photos of these two well-known artists.
Alien Attack: Target Everglades
Plants and animals from other parts of the world are a real threat to the Everglades. Discover the Top Ten
alien invaders.

Amazon Voyage: Vicious Fishes and Other Riches I Oct. 3, 2009 Jan. 3, 2010
Get set to take a voyage on the Amazon River! Visit its flooded forest, aquatic animals and the people who live
and study there.

Quilting Natural Florida II I Feb. 5 May 16, 2010
This juried exhibition of contemporary quilts features Florida natural history themes artistically portrayed
through the medium of quilts.

CSI: Crime Scene Insects I May 29, 2010 mid-Jan. 2011 (dates to be confirmed)
Explore the inside story of forensic entomology the use of insects such as flies, maggots and beetles to reveal
critical details of a crime scene.



Section One: Programs for Students 10

Programs Overview
School groups include home schools and public, private and faith-based PreK-12 schools within a school district.

The Florida Museum of Natural History offers the following field trip opportunities for school groups:
Guided School Programs
Join our museum docents for hands-on classroom activities and interactive walks through our state-of-the-art
exhibits and outdoor natural areas. Guided programs are offered Tuesday through Friday mornings, Oct. 7, 2008,
through May 22, 2009. Programs fill quickly, especially for the months of October, November, April and May.
To avoid disappointment, reserve your date as early in the school year as possible. Reservations must be made
a minimum of three weeks in advance of the program date.

Indoor Programming
10-60 students per program
Each program is 60 minutes in length
$3 student, 1/10 ratio chaperone free, additional chaperones $3/each
Butterfly-focused programs will have additional entry fee into the Rainforest
Programs will work with grades pre-school to 12th grade. Each program will be
individualized to provide age-appropriate activities

Indoor Program Options:
Butterfly and Moth Explorations
Fossils No Bones About It!
Trails in Time Florida's Indian Peoples
Waterways and Wildlife of Florida

Outdoor Programming
10-40 students per program
Each program is 60 minutes in length
$3 student, 1/10 ratio chaperone free, additional chaperones $3/each
Outdoor Programs are available for pre-school through 5th grade students only

Outdoor Program Options:
Eye on Insects Fall Only
Green Machine Spring Only
Stayin' Alive



Section One: Programs for Students continued 11

Self-Guided Visits
Suitable for groups that prefer to visit the museum without the benefit of docents or staff. Reservations are
required for all self-guided visits of 10 or more students to ensure a positive experience for your group.
Self-guided visits must be reserved at least two weeks in advance and are available Monday through Friday
during Museum hours. A staff member will greet your group and facilitate the purchase of any tickets before
you enter the Museum. After that, your group leaders are entirely responsible for the educational experience
of the students.

School Group Self-Guided Tickets (10 or more individuals)
See link http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu:8888/education/self_guided.htm for table to be inserted

Outreach Inquiry Boxes
The Florida Museum of Natural History currently offers five Inquiry Box outreach programs for use in your
classroom. They are also a great way to compliment your docent-led program or self-guided field trip to the
Museum. Our Inquiry Boxes are correlated to the Sunshine State Standards and are designed to enhance FCAT

Each Inquiry Box contains selected natural history objects, games, a video, reference materials and a teacher's
guide. Classroom teachers at any grade level may check out the Inquiry Boxes at a cost of $25/box for a two-week
period. Teachers will be responsible for the pick-up and return of the Inquiry Boxes to and from museum.
If interested, please contact tours@flmnh.ufl.edu.

Florida's Butterflies and Moths grades K-4
Florida's Reptiles and Amphibians grades 2-6
Northern Florida's Early Native People grades 4-8
Southern Florida's Early Native People grades 4-8
Florida's Seminole People grades 2-6

Coming Soon!
Florida's Fossils grades 5-8
The Geology of Florida grades 5-8

http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/education/inquiry boxes.htm



Section Two: Programs and Resources for Teachers 12

Teacher Workshops
Each fall and spring the Museum will offer two half-day workshops on Museum Exhibits and School Programs,
with the focus on enhancing fieldtrips through familiarity of our exhibits and the usage of Museum resources.
These workshops will consist of exhibit tours, review of online resources and outreach materials, and direct
conversations with education staff about school programs and registration. The Museum will also offer
multi-session workshops on new and upcoming temporary exhibitions each fall and spring.

Educators Open House
Each year the Museum will host an open house, targeting educators throughout north central Florida, with the
goal of promoting the Museum as a resource and learning experience for teachers and their students. The event
will include exhibition tours, mini workshops modeling inquiry-based activities, Museum resource and program
information sessions, and free teacher materials. Specific dates and times will be announced on the Museum and
School District websites and through school mail.

Online Educators' Guides and Resources
To assist educators planning a trip to the Museum, four online Educators Guides, one for each of our permanent
exhibits, and temporary exhibit workshop manuals, will be available on the Museum's website at http://www.
flmnh.ufl.edu/education. These guides will include: a) content background and current research information
regarding each exhibit, b) classroom and on-site activities, c) teaching methods to facilitate student learning of
those concepts, d) correlation to FCAT and Sunshine State Standards, and e) additional resources (i.e. websites,
books/articles, local agencies/natural areas). The Educators Guides will be referenced and utilized during the
half-day workshops on Museum Exhibits and School Programs, while the workshop manuals will be used during
special workshops on new and upcoming temporary exhibitions.

The Museum also offers a variety of other learning resources such as Educators Guides developed for our
Inquiry Boxes and traveling exhibits at www.flmnh.ufl.edu/education/resources.htm, as well as identification
guides, image galleries, and collection databases at www.flmnh.ufl.edu/resources/.



Section Two: Programs and Resources for Teachers continued 13

Upcoming Teacher Events:

Educators' Introduction to the Florida Museum of Natural History
Sept. 17, 2008 and Apr. 15, 2009
1:15 3:15 p.m. Elementary; 3:15 5:15 p.m. Middle/High
What can the Florida Museum do for you? Join your fellow colleagues at the Museum to learn about NEW and
exciting educational opportunities offered to teachers and students in the upcoming school year. Our school
programs staff will highlight education programs and resources while docents will escort you on a guided tour
of the museum. So whether you are new to the Museum or have participated in our programs before, come
discover the educational power of the Florida Museum of Natural History.

Grossology Teacher Training
Oct. 4, 2008 8:30 a.m. 3:30 p.m.
Your nostrils take turns inhaling. People who live in big cities make more earwax. You swallow about one liter
of snot each day. Learn all this and more when you attend the Grossology teacher training at the Florida
Museum. This workshop is designed to increase your knowledge of the human body and enhance your
understanding of the unique, educational exhibit "Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body."
You and your students will become experts of Grossology! Limited enrollment.

Educators' Open House
Oct. 8, 2008 2:00 6:00 p.m.
You are invited to attend a one-stop-shop open house for educators. This event will give you an opportunity
to learn about various educational resources and learning experiences available to you and your students
throughout north central Florida. We are partnering with several other educational organizations to bring
you information about field trips, tours, activities and free resources.

Everglades Teacher Training
Feb. 18, 2009 8:30 a.m. 3:30 p.m.
Florida is home to one of the world's most unique wetlands the Everglades. It supports a rich diversity of plants
and animals not found anywhere else. However, impacts to the Everglades have taken their toll on this delicate
ecosystem. Come learn about the beauty of the Everglades and the top 10 organisms invading it through our
double feature exhibit "ForEverglades: Photos by Clyde Butcher and Jeff Ripple" and "Alien Attack:
Target Everglades." This workshop will take you on a journey to this beautiful place and uncover its unique
characteristics, unfortunate history and promising future.

Mark your calendars and stay tuned for registration information to follow.
For more information, please contact dbehringer@flmnh.ufl.edu, 352.273.3206.



Section One: General Information 14

Museum Hours
Monday Saturday: 10 a.m. 5 p.m.; Sunday: 1- 5 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
The Museum is wheelchair accessible. Individuals with disabilities that require special accommodations
should contact the Museum a minimum of two weeks prior to an event/program.

Car parking is available in the gated area of the Cultural Plaza parking lot for $3 (cash only) per car.
Designated parking spaces are available for visitors with disabilities. Bus drivers, please see the receptionist
after unloading students in front of the Museum.

Picnic Facilities
Open, grassy areas are available for fair weather lunches. Approximately 60 covered seats are available
on a first-come basis. Additional picnic tables are located in the Natural Area Park located down the drive
past the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Food and drinks are not permitted inside the Museum.

Museum Manners
The Florida Museum of Natural History is the state repository for many rare and priceless natural history
collections. Objects from our collections and other museums are on display in the galleries. For the safety and
security of these objects and our visitors, the following behavior rules are enforced. NO EATING, RUNNING
OR RECKLESS BEHAVIOR is permitted in the Museum. Violators will be escorted out of the building.

Keep your voices low so other visitors are not disturbed.
Arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled entry.
Do not bring more than the scheduled number of students without notifying the Museum.
Be prepared to divide students into groups of 10 to 15.
Provide a name tag for each student and adult.

Teachers should be sure all chaperones understand their duties before the visit. One chaperone per 10 children
will be admitted into exhibits free of charge. Bus drivers will be admitted into exhibits free of charge.

Chaperones should:
Assist the teacher and docent in providing a positive learning experience.
Stay with their students at all times and help them move quietly through the Museum.
Supervise their group and maintain order.
Not bring children other than those in the class.
Not talk on cell phones or otherwise disrupt the tour.
The Collectors Shop and Butterfly Rainforest Gift Shop



Section One: General Information continued

The Collector's Shop and Butterfly Rainforest Gift Shops
An optional part of any Museum field trip can be a visit to our gift shops. The shops carry a variety
of unusual gifts for children and adults. There are many items low in price that children may purchase.
Gift Shop Hours:
Monday Saturday: 10 a.m. 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 4:30 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day



Section Two: Field Trip Planning 16

Please keep in mind that...
Guided school programs are offered Tuesday through Friday mornings, Oct. 7, 2008, through
May 22, 2009. Programs fill quickly, especially for the months of October, November, April and May.
To avoid disappointment, reserve your date as early in the school year as possible. Reservations must
be made a minimum of three weeks in advance of the program date.
It may be difficult to reschedule a program. Choose the six best dates for your field trip. If more than one class
is coming on the field trip be sure to coordinate with other teachers before completing the registration form.

*You will be notified by phone or e-mail as soon as your request is processed. If you do not hear from us within
two weeks of sending your request, call (352) 273-2026 for guided school programs or (352) 273-2027 for
self-guided visits. Confirmation materials will follow approximately two weeks after your request is processed.
Additional supplemental materials will be enclosed. Carefully review the confirmation form.

*If you must make changes or cancel your visit, please call (352) 273-2026 for guided school programs or
(352) 273-2027 for self-guided visits at least 14 days in advance of the scheduled date. It may not be possible
to reschedule your visit for another date.

Parents/chaperones that are not included in the initial group payment must purchase tickets for the Butterfly
Rainforest and/or Grossology individually as they will not be eligible to receive the group rate.
Payment in full is due the day of your field trip. Cash, school district check, Visa, American Express and
MasterCard are all accepted. Personal checks will not be accepted. Checks should be made out to the
University of Florida.
The Florida Museum of Natural History Admission Assistance Program provides financial assistance to
economically disadvantaged school children, other individuals and community groups. For more information,
call (352) 273-2057.

Arrival Details To Make Your Museum Trip a Success!
Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled time.
Please complete the forms (which you will receive in your confirmation packet) indicating the exact number
of adults and students in your group before you arrive.
Upon arrival please have the children wait on the bus while one or two adults check in at the front desk to
purchase tickets.
Lunches and coolers can be placed under the covered area on the North side of the building.
The covered seating area is limited and will accommodate about 60 people.
Additional lunch seating is available near the Natural Area. (Please do not take groups to the Harn Museum's
Camelia Court Caf6.)



Section Three: Staff and Program Contacts

Jamie C. Creola, Education Director
(352) 273-2057

Jeannette Carlisle, School Programs Assistant
(352) 273-2026

Diane Milner, School Programs Assistant
(352) 273-2030

Dianne Behringer, Teacher Enrichment & Programs Coordinator
(352) 273-2036

Becky Bell, Group Sales Coordinator
(352) 273-2027


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