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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will offer a four-week home school class series titled “Squirmy Science” from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Jan. 24, 31, and Feb. 7, 21 for children ages 6-11.

The class will explore the mysteries of the earthworm, inside and out. Participants will observe life cycles and collect scientific data on worm measurements, favorite foods and preferred living conditions. Hands-on activities include building a compost farm and learning how worms benefit human communities.

The class is $40 for members and $45 for nonmembers. Pre-registration is required. For more information call (352) 846-2000, ext. 277 or visit

The class coincides with the Florida Museum’s next temporary exhibition, ” Microbes: Invisible Invaders…Amazing Allies,” on display Feb. 5 – May 30. The exhibit, produced by Clear Channel Exhibitions in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health, is an interactive, technologically enhanced exhibit that explores the hidden world of microbes, including bacteria, viruses and beneficial germs.

Writer: Kristin Ede
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