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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will spice up the spring with one day class and two spring break camps for students in grades K-5 during Alachua County Schools student holidays.

Online registration for the classes is now available through the Florida Museum’s new secure system, accessible at

Unleash your inner alligator during “Gator Country” from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on March 27. Students will learn about one of Gainesville’s most prominent figures, Albert the Alligator, and some of his crocodilian “cousins” through an exciting Everglades adventure.

This class complements the museum’s newest temporary exhibit, a double feature on the Florida Everglades, on display through May 31. “ForEverglades: Photos by Clyde Butcher & Jeff Ripple,” and “Alien Attack: Target Everglades” explore the beauty and danger of the Everglades in ways both children and adults can enjoy.

The Florida Museum will offer two spring break camps April 6-10 for students in grades K-5.

The morning camp, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, is titled “The Oddballs.” Through this quirky adventure, students will learn about animals with some very odd habits. From reproduction to unusual behavior and wacky appearances, this camp will highlight animals that just aren’t average.

In the afternoon, from 1 to 4:30 p.m., continue into the heart of Florida with “Everglades Exploration.” Students will discover some of the most amazing animals that live in Everglades National Park through activities, lessons and excursions into the Everglades double feature exhibit.

Pre-registration is required for all Florida Museum classes and camps. Students should dress appropriately for the weather and outdoor activity and bring a sack lunch for full-day activities. The “Gator Country” class is $72 for members and $86 for non-members. Each spring break camp is $105 for members and $130 for non-members. For full-day registration, the cost is $200 for members and $250 for non-members.

For more information, call (352) 273-2061 or visit

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Writer: Morgan Lamborn
Media contact: Paul Ramey, 352-273-2054,