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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — From greeting guests and guiding school groups to working with butterflies or fossils, volunteers play a vital role at the Florida Museum of Natural History. The museum needs help in many areas and will conduct volunteer orientations this year from 10:15 – 11:30 a.m. on the second Thursday of every month.

Scheduled dates are Feb. 8, Mar. 8, Apr. 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, Aug. 9, Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8 and Dec. 13. Pre-registration is required. Interested adults may learn more about and apply for current museum volunteer opportunities, including docenting, horticulture, fossil digs and more. No experience is necessary and training is provided.

For students ages 12-17 interested in working as Junior Volunteers during the summer, applications will be available starting March 1 online,, or at the museum front desk. Deadline for junior volunteer applications is April 20.

For more information, e-mail or call (352) 846-2000, ext. 210.

Contact: Paul Ramey, (352) 846-2000, ext. 218,
Writer: Christine Eschenfelder