For Immediate Release Oct. 3, 2005

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

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will offer a four-week home school class series titled “Mysteries of the Deep” from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Oct. 17, 24, 31 and Nov. 7 for children ages 7-11.

The class will explore incredible creatures like tube sponges, sea snakes, rays, sharks, whales and the giant squid. Participants will discover how these animals adapted to living in the ocean and what they use as defense mechanisms. Participants also will use Gyotaku, the Japanese art of fish painting, to make their own ocean T-shirts.

The cost is $60 for Florida Museum members and $72 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call (352) 846-2000, ext. 277 or visit


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,