New! Coming to Alachua County Library locations in late October, 2022!

Let’s go explore! Museum in the Parks is a reimagined Florida Museum program providing a unique combination of in-person and digital science programming. Go to your local Alachua County Library District location to check out an Exploration Backpack full of scientist’s tools and use the resources on this page to explore local parks and learn more about Florida’s natural history.

Exploration Backpacks are available at all 14 Alachua County Library District locations for library card holders! Borrow a backpack and use the tools inside to enhance your exploration experience, just like scientists in the field. Borrowing a backpack also comes with a pass for 4 free admissions to the Florida Museum’s Butterfly Rainforest exhibit.

Find the library closest to you.

What’s in the backpack?

  1. Binoculars
  2. Plant Press
  3. Butterfly Net
  4. Bug Enclosure
  5. Bug lens case
  6. Hand Lens
  7. Clipboard
  8. Pocket Microscope
  9. “The Nature of Florida” Field Guide

Self-Guided Explorations

The following digital resources will help guide your experience by meeting scientists, learning about the research that they do and the importance of parks for Florida’s natural history. We hope each of these units will inspire you to look at birds, mushrooms, fishes and bugs at our nearby parks!

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services [MA-251532-OMS-22].

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