Museum offers UF employees free admission, gift shop discount Dec. 1
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida faculty and staff are invited to enjoy free admission and gift shop and plant sale discounts at the Florida Museum of Natural History from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday as part of â€śUF Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day.â€ť
UF employees will receive postcards through campus mail that may be presented at the front desk for free admission to the â€śPeanutsâ€¦Naturally: Charlie Brown and Friends Explore Natureâ€ť and â€śButterfly Rainforestâ€ť exhibits. Employees who do not receive a postcard may present a valid Gator 1 ID for free admission. The museumâ€™s other exhibits are free. Employees may also show their Gator 1 ID to receive a 10 percent discount in the museum gift shops, including butterfly-friendly plant purchases, Dec. 1-9.
â€śThe staff and faculty represent UFâ€™s most valuable asset,â€ť Florida Museum of Natural History Director Douglas Jones said. â€śBy offering free admission to the â€śButterfly Rainforestâ€ť and Peanutsâ€¦Naturally,â€™ the Florida Museum can show its appreciation for all they do to enrich our community.â€ť
In addition to â€śPeanutsâ€¦Naturally,â€ť which closes Jan. 2, other temporary exhibits include â€śWater: Discovering and Sharing Solutions,â€ť which also closes Jan. 2, â€śDugout Canoes: Paddling through the Americas,â€ť on display through fall 2013, and â€śSpineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates â€“ The Backbone of Life in the Sea,â€ť on display through April 14.
Permanent exhibits include â€śOur Energy Future,â€ť â€śExplore Research,â€ť â€śMuseum Collections are the Library of Life,â€ť â€śFlorida Fossils: Evolution of Life & Land,â€ť â€śNorthwest Florida: Waterways & Wildlife,â€ť and â€śSouth Florida People & Environments.â€ť
The Butterfly Rainforest is a 6,400-square-foot screened, outdoor enclosure with tropical plants and hundreds of living butterflies from around the world. The exhibit features a display of multicolored poinsettias through Dec. 31, providing a backdrop for visitors to take family photographs. Rainforest employees conduct butterfly releases with a brief presentation in the exhibit Monday through Friday at 2 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2, 3 and 4 p.m., weather permitting.
â€śPeanutsâ€¦Naturally: Charlie Brown and Friends Explore Natureâ€ť takes a light-hearted look at Charles Schulzâ€™s exploration of the natural world through â€śPeanutsâ€ť comic strips, videos, objects and interactive stations, in addition to specimens from the Florida Museumâ€™s collections. Topics include the universe, â€śweb of nature,â€ť trees, birds, the elements, gardening and Charlie Brownâ€™s Environmental Protection Agency escapade.
- Paul Ramey, email@example.com, 352-273-2054