UPDATE: Thank you to all of our friends who made gifts on Gator Nation Giving Day! We received 196 gifts for a total of $32,877! Every gift supports the Museum’s mission, research goals and student success. #AllForTheGators

stand Up and Holler logo with gator shapeThe Florida Museum, located on the University of Florida campus, invites you to join us as we “Stand Up & Holler” on Gator Giving Day.

Every gift, large or small, makes a difference. On February 17, 2022, make an impact by supporting a program or cause of your choice.

This year, you can choose to support these Museum funds as part of the Gator Giving Day celebration! Explore what they are and find your favorites, then join us on Feb. 17 online and across the Gator Nation.

Make sure to give through the Gator Giving Day website to see your donation along with others from across the Gator Nation!

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Florida Museum: Building and Renovation

Fund Name: FLMNH Building and Renovation Fund

Support the Florida Museum’s building expansion project, including a new home for the UF Thompson Earth Systems Institute. The expansion will feature a 21st century learning theatre, high-tech classroom, conference room, exhibition area and live labs. Thank you for your generosity in supporting this capital project.

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three student researchers looking into a net full of leaves and grassesStudent Researchers: Gapenski Endowment

Fund Name: Louis C. and Jane Gapenski Endowed Fellowship

Support student research at the Florida Museum of Natural History! Your gift will directly impact undergraduate and graduate students through providing funds for field work, conference attendance and other invaluable educational and research experiences.

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tall trees surrounding a very still and clear spring of waterFlorida Water Exhibit

Fund Name: Florida Water Exhibit

Make a gift today and support the construction of the Florida Museum’s newest permanent exhibition! The Museum will look to the past, present and future as it tells the story of Florida water. Visitors will be able to experience a simulated glass-bottom boat ride, “Water Lab” and more as part of the new exhibit. The exciting new project will reimagine the Museum’s historic Northwest Florida: Waterways & Wildlife exhibit and be free to all visitors. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2022.

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person holding up a butterfly specimen in front of the cameraMcGuire Center: Visiting Researcher Endowment

Fund Name: Mr. Carl Wisler and Dr. Midge Smith Visiting Researcher Endowment

With more than 10 million specimens, the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera & Biodiversity houses one of the world’s largest Lepidoptera collections, representing most of the world’s estimated 20,000 butterfly and 245,000 moth species. When you make a gift to this endowment, you directly support the collaborations and partnerships that are critical to growing the McGuire Center’s thriving research and conservation programs. Visiting researchers funded through this endowment will work with staff and students to curate and digitize the collections, accelerate and share knowledge and contribute to publications.

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UF Thompson Earth Systems Institute Endowment

Fund Name: Jon and Beverly Thompson Earth Systems Program Endowment

Your gift will help the UF Thompson Earth Systems Institute (TESI) advance communication and education about Earth systems science in a way that inspires Floridians to be effective stewards of our planet. TESI’s innovative digital and public outreach programs reach lifelong learners around the state. And, through its Scientist in Every Florida School Program, TESI connects working scientists to K-12 students, inspiring the next generation of environmental stewards. Our vision is to lead the way to a healthier planet by cultivating a responsible and curious society that values, trusts and has access to science.

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school students sit around a guide on a boardwalk in natureRandell Research Center

Fund Name: Friends of the Randell Research Center

BONUS: Thanks to a generous donation from Lt. Col. David A. Waller, all gifts made to this fund will be matched dollar for dollar up to $2,000!

Your gift will support the programs and activities of the Randell Research Center and provide critical operating funds to care for the remnants of the ancient town of the Calusa at Pineland, Florida.

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several people are cleaing inside an open information kiosk in a wooded areaMcCarty Woods

Fund Name: McCarty Woods and Campus Natural Areas Fund

BONUS: 50 gifts of any amount to this fund will unlock a generous $5000 challenge gift.

Your gift will support the recovery and long-term conservation of McCarty Woods and other campus natural areas while also promoting biodiversity research, teaching and learning, and student engagement. Donate today to help fund signage, trail maintenance, native species reintroduction, community education and outreach and more!

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