GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will offer new classes this fall for children in grades 1-2 and grades 6-8.

The Museum is offering two different classes for sixth- through eighth-graders. The first class, “I Ink. Therefore I Am,” will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. The second class, “InDIDGenous Instruments: From Didgeridoos to Rainsticks Too, Nature and People Bring Us Music,” will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. These fun, nature-related classes will cover topics from inking squids and stinking skunks to didgeridoos and rainsticks. The cost of these classes is $30 for Florida Museum Members and $36 for non-members per class.

The class for first- and second-graders, “Maya and the Big Pumpkin Balloon Ride,” will take place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29. During this story-based adventure, children will illustrate story pages as Maya rides a pumpkin balloon to Mexico to witness the magical Monarch butterfly migration. Participants also will visit the Butterfly Rainforest and learn some butterfly biology. The cost of this class is $15 for Florida Museum members and $20 for non-members, plus a $4 lab fee.

Pre-registration for all classes is required. For more information, call (352) 846-2000, ext. 277 or visit

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