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Friday, April 23, 2010

Celebrate 40th anniversary of Earth Day tomorrow!

Join the fun with the Florida Museum of Natural History and Harn Museum of Art during the 40th anniversary of Earth Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 24. Located in the University of Florida Cultural Plaza, this year’s celebration includes demonstrations and activities focused on the environment and conservation.

At the Florida Museum of Natural History visitors may create a bird seed mosaic and view the newest Galleria exhibit, “Life on the Edge: The Story of Florida’s Nature Coast,” by Eric Zamora.

Appreciate the environment and join the Harn Museum of Art for outdoor painting activities for children and families, as well as demonstrations by plein air artists Frank Barone, Aliye Cullu, Tim Malles and Sam Saxon. The Harn will also offer docent-led tours of works in the museum focused on nature. The Kanapaha Celtic Trio will play traditional Celtic music from Ireland and Scotland, celebrating nature and love for the land.

At the Harn Museum, visitors may also learn about the important role of honey bees in “Apiary Investigations.” Toward the end of the day, participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a film about a beekeeper titled “Ulee’s Gold.”

In honor of this special event, the Florida Museum will expand its weekend plant sale to include more than 50 species of native and butterfly-friendly plants. This extended selection is available 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday and is a great opportunity to make a difference by gardening with plants perfect for local pollinators.

Admission to Earth Day activities is free. For more information visit or or call 352-846-2000 or 352-392-9826.

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