For Immediate Release Sept 14, 2005

Paul Ramey, Dir. of Marketing and Public Relations
Florida Museum of Natural History
(352) 846-2000, ext. 218,
Writer: Lauren Williams

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will offer docent training sessions next week for volunteers interested in leading museum school tours.

Session I of training will take place from 8:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 21-22. Volunteers must attend one of these days. Session II will take place from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23, featuring information about the new “In Search of Giant Squid” exhibit. Session III will take place from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 26- 27. Volunteers must attend one of these days.

No prior experience or special skills are necessary to participate, except that volunteers must enjoy working with the public, especially children. For more information or to RSVP, e-mail Deborah DiPietro,, or call (352) 846-2000, ext. 203.


The Florida Museum of Natural History is Florida’s state natural history museum, dedicated to understanding, preserving and interpreting biological diversity and cultural heritage. It is located near the intersection of Southwest 34th Street and Hull Road in the University of Florida Cultural Plaza in Gainesville. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Florida Museum is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Butterfly Rainforest admission is $7.50 for adults and $4.50 for children ages 3-12. For more information, including directions and parking information, call (352) 846-2000, or visit the museum online,