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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will offer a new volunteer orientation from 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 The orientation includes a general overview of volunteer duties, an opportunity to view museum exhibits, and presentations by departments currently seeking volunteers.

“Volunteering at the museum is an opportunity to connect with the community and to share natural science and history with people of all ages,” said Florida Museum volunteer coordinator Julie Crosby.

The museum has many volunteer positions available. Docents guide and educate groups through various exhibits. Collections and research assistants help collect, catalogue and maintain the collections at Dickinson Hall and the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity. Interpreters and naturalists assist and educate visitors about natural science topics in the Butterfly Rainforest and other outdoor areas, and horticulturalists help Butterfly Rainforest staff maintain the vivarium’s plants

Volunteers must be 18 years or older. Interested individuals must attend the orientation and are asked to register online, by Dec. 1. For more information contact Crosby, 352-273-2055, or

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Writer: Patti Nunez
Media contact: Paul Ramey, 352-273-2054,