A museum docent teaches a visiting home-schooled student about paleontology.
Florida Museum photo by Kristen Grace

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — From working behind-the-scenes in museum collections to guiding school groups through exhibits, the Florida Museum of Natural History provides volunteer opportunities for people with many interests.

The museum will hold an orientation session May 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. where prospective adult volunteers ages 18 and older will learn about the various opportunities available. Pre-registration is required.

“We have a variety of positions that appeal to those who enjoy interacting with people, those who prefer to work quietly and everything in between,” school programs coordinator Dianne Behringer said.

Barbara Ornstein, who received the 2014 James Pope Cheney Volunteer of the Year Award, said she is always learning something new as a museum volunteer.

Since becoming a docent in 2000 due to her interest in science and anthropology, Ornstein has also participated in outreach programs and exhibit fabrication.

“Altogether I get as much out of the museum as they get out of me,” Ornstein said.

To register for the orientation or for more information, visit www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/getinvolved/volunteers/volunteer-program/ or call 352-273-2055


Writer: Katina Prokos, kprokos@flmnh.ufl.edu
Source: Amy Hester, ahester@flmnh.ufl.edu, 352-273-2055
Media Contact: Paul Ramey, pramey@flmnh.ufl.edu, 352-273-2054