GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will offer a new volunteer orientation from 9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26 at Powell Hall in the University of Florida Cultural Plaza, near the intersection of Southwest 34th Street and Hull Road. The orientation will include a general overview, short tour of the museum and presentations by departments in need of volunteers, followed by a question and answer period. To attend the orientation, please register by phone or e-mail with Julie Crosby, volunteer coordinator, 352) 846-2000, ext. 210, or by Friday, Aug. 18.

Many positions are available for volunteers, including docents, who guide and educate scheduled, organized groups of children as they travel through the exhibits; collections and research assistants, who collect, catalogue, and/or maintain collections at Dickinson Hall; outreach assistants, who share fun and interesting educational materials with school and community groups on school sites and other venues; interpreters and naturalists, who assist and instruct individual visitors or groups on natural science topics in the outdoor classrooms or Butterfly Rainforest; and horticulturists, who assist the Butterfly Rainforest horticultural staff in maintaining plant life in the vivarium.

No prior experience is necessary for most positions, but enthusiasm for sharing knowledge, working with all ages and a strong interest in natural science or history are very helpful! All volunteers receive specialized training.

Media contact: Paul Ramey, (352) 846-2000,
Writer: Lauren Williams