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April 7, 2009

Harn Museum, Florida Museum host annual Earth Day celebration April 18

GAINESVILLE, Fla. —The Harn Museum of Art and Florida Museum of Natural History are joining together once again to celebrate Earth Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 18. The free event features crafts, painting demonstrations, live music, a dance performance, educational presentations and organic food.

The Harn Museum of Art is offering a number of programming opportunities, including an informative lecture at 11:30 a.m. about how to make your household energy efficient.

At 12:30 p.m., Tom Southall, curator of photography, will give a gallery talk about “Landscape Perspectives: Highlights from the Photography Collection,” discussing the beauty of the natural world and aspects of human interactions with the land.

Both museums are offering art opportunities for visitors. At the Florida Museum, visitors can create CD clocks and fashion recycled accessories such as newspaper hats and paper tube bracelets. Guest artist Peter Carolin will be plein air painting outside the Harn Museum of Art as part of the museum’s Family Day. Visitors can paint with him, make jewelry with recycled-paper beads or create nature rubbings.

The afternoon will also feature artistic performances by two local groups. At 1:30 p.m. the Kanapaha Celtic Trio will engage visitors with a musical performance. Dancers from the Dance Studio will perform at 2 p.m.

Visitors who want to get outside and enjoy nature can participate in tours of the University of Florida Natural Area Teaching Laboratory, an outdoor space behind the Florida Museum dedicated to ecology education. Tours are available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will begin in the courtyard between the two museums.

Local environmental organizations also will present information at both museums on living a sustainable lifestyle and taking active steps to protect the environment. The Harn Museum and the Florida Museum of Natural History are also partnering with other University of Florida units, such as the Office of Sustainability and the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, to provide environmental information to visitors.

Visitors may purchase organic food from the Jones Eastside Eatery at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

Admission is free. For more information about the Earth Day events, visit or

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Outside the museums
Natural Area Teaching Laboratory Tours

11:30 a.m. – noon
Harn Museum of Art
Lecture by Drops and Watts representative

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Harn Museum of Art
Gallery Talk with Harn Museum of Art Curator of Photography Tom Southall

1 – 4 p.m.
Harn Museum of Art
Plein air painting with guest artist Peter Carolin

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Harn Museum of Art
Musical performance by Kanapaha Celtic Trio

2 – 3 p.m.
Harn Museum of Art
Dance performance by dancers from the Dance Studio

Booth Participants
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Harn Museum of Art
Alachua County Environmental Protection Department/UF Office of Sustainability
Alachua County Public Works, Waste Alternatives
Friends of Payne’s Prairie

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Florida Museum of Natural History
Alachua Conservation Trust
Current Problems, Inc.
Drops and Watts
Florida Organic Growers
Lubee Bat Conservancy
Watershed Action Volunteers
WUFT’s “Living Green”
UF/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences biogas group

Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
The Harn Museum of Art at SW 34th St. and Hull Rd. is one of the largest university art museums in the country with nearly 7,000 works in its collection focusing on African, Asian, modern and contemporary art and photography. The museum enhances the activities of the University of Florida and serves a culturally diverse audience through educational programming. Admission is free. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Parking is free on weekends. The Camellia Court Café is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call 352-392-9826 or visit

Florida Museum of Natural History
The Florida Museum of Natural History is Florida's state natural history museum, dedicated to understanding, preserving and interpreting biological diversity and cultural heritage. It is located near the intersection of Southwest 34th Street and Hull Road in the University of Florida Cultural Plaza in Gainesville. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Butterfly Rainforest admission is $9.50 for adults ($8 Fla. residents) and $5 for children ages 3-12. Prices subject to change. For more information, including directions and parking, call 352-846-2000, or visit

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Harn Museum of Art
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Paul Ramey, APR
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Florida Museum of Natural History
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