GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will offer its popular ‘A for Science’ free admission program for K-12 students statewide this summer.

Students who receive an ‘A’ or ‘E’ grade in science can provide their most recent report card at the front desk and receive a free admission with the purchase of a paid regular price adult admission. The offer is valid for the Butterfly Rainforest exhibit, the “Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway with artist Ray Troll and paleontologist Kirk Johnson” exhibit open through Sept. 3, or a value admission for both exhibits.

“The A for Science program directly supports out mission,” said Jaret Daniels, Florida Museum assistant director of exhibits and public programs. “We want to pique student’s interest and showcase the importance of science by rewarding students who receive excellent grades.”

The offer is valid throughout the summer and fall until the first report cards are issued during the 2012-2013 school year.

The Butterfly Rainforest is a 6,400-square-foot, lush, tropical garden with hundreds of living butterflies from around the world, including 60 to 80 different species at any given time.

“Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway” features 30 fossils, including a complete skeleton cast of Triceratops horridus, the famous three-horned dinosaur, and an Albertosaurus, a ferocious carnivore that lived about 70 million years ago. The fossils complement 19 color prints and five large-scale murals of Troll’s creative artwork, which illustrates imagined scenes from prehistoric times and brings fossils from the museum’s research collection to life. The exhibit also features a paleontology laboratory where visitors may watch museum scientists, volunteers and students prepare and examine actual fossils from the field.

Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. This offer has no cash value and cannot be combined with other offers or discounts.

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

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Source: Jaret Daniels, 352-273-2022,
Writer: Logan Gerber
Media contact: Paul Ramey, 352-273-2054,