GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Alachua county students earning an “A” or “S” in science during the last grading period of the 2008-09 school year are invited to visit the Florida Museum of Natural History’s Butterfly Rainforest exhibit free this June and July.

Open to students exiting grades K–12, any child presenting a report card showing they earned an “A” or “S” grade in science for the most recent grading period will receive one free admission to the Butterfly Rainforest with one paid regular price adult admission.

“Part of the museum’s mission is to interpret the natural world, and science literacy plays a major role in bridging the gap between science and everyday life,” said Jamie Creola, Florida Museum assistant director for education and visitor services. “So we believe it’s important to reward students who achieve excellence in science.”

The Butterfly Rainforest is a 6,400-square-foot lush tropical garden with a walking path and waterfalls filled with hundreds of free-flying butterflies. Guests have the opportunity to experience between 60 and 80 species of butterflies and moths at any given time.

Children age 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. This offer has no cash value and cannot be combined with any other discount. Butterfly Rainforest admission is $9.50 for adults ($8 Fla. residents), $7 for students ages 13-17 and $5 for children ages 3-12.

For more information about this promotion or other museum events, visit or call 352-846-2000.

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