Florida Museum of Natural History

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Florida Museum of Natural History Gainesville, FL 32611

Enjoy hundreds of exotic butterflies in a rain forest setting, witness a South Florida Calusa Indian welcoming ceremony, experience a life-size limestone cave and see a mammoth and mastodon from the last ice age.

Located on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville and open year round, the Florida Museum is one of the nation’s top five museums with more than 34 million specimens, including one of the world’s largest collections of butterflies and moths.

Visitors are greeted by a 14-foot-tall, 16,000-year-old Columbian Mammoth discovered in the Aucilla River in northwest Florida. Ninety percent of the bones are fossil material, making it one of the most complete ever found.

Visitors in front of mammoth

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Welcome Educators!

The Florida Museum has many new and exciting exhibitions, student programs and professional development opportunities for educators throughout the school year.

This section of the website contains valuable information about our school programs and registration procedures. Remember, you must pre-register online for all field trips at least two weeks in advance.

Grossology teacher workshop

To assist educators planning a trip to the Museum, guides for permanent and temporary exhibits are available. There are other classroom learning resources on the Museum’s website, including databases of specimens and artifacts in the Florida Museum’s collections, images, audio and video recordings, and much more.

You can also move the educational power of the Museum into your classroom with collections assembled in our Inquiry Boxes.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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29 North Davis Street, Jacksonville, FL, United States 63.68 mi

Building on the community’s proud heritage, the Ritz is truly a Special Place, where history’s missing chapters are being restored, where talent is nurtured and creativity is celebrated in Jacksonville, Florida.  It is a community gathering place where ideas are exchanged, information is disseminated and a roadmap for the future is developed.

Whether visiting the museum, attending a concert, viewing a film or listening to a lecture, the Ritz has a special energy that leaves you with a special feeling. There is always an exhibition, music, dance or the dramatic arts inside the Ritz that will enthrall, educate and entertain.


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Student Teen Programs at the Ritz Museum and Theater Florida

Ritz Sound & Vocal Performers (RSVP)

RSVP is the combined musical force of the Ritz Voices youth choir and the Ritz Sound instrumental ensemble.  It brings together youth ages 12-18 to discover the power of singing learning and playing music together. RSVP provides a multifaceted music education and performance program for youth, fostering talent and a sense of community. Through concerts and frequent community performances, the Ritz Sound and Vocal Performers serve as ambassadors for the Ritz Theatre and Museum and the City of Jacksonville, using voice and music as a tool for youth development, social healing and community building. The youth perform concerts at the Ritz Theatre, around metropolitan Jacksonville, throughout the state of Florida and occasionally travel outside the state.


  Do you have questions about RSVP?

Email us at RSVPRitz@coj.net

Want to request them for a special event?

Peformance Request Application


Membership Requirements

Membership requirements are designed to insure high quality and standards for the RSVP members. Members take pride in developing a tradition of musical superiority, dedication and commitment to good citizenship.

  • Resident of the Jacksonville Metropolitan area
  • Ages 12-18
  • Completion of membership application
  • Complete an acceptable audition
  • Maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Annual membership fees are required for each student, and are due early in the performance season

RITZ YOUTH INSTITUTE

The Ritz Youth Institute offers educational programs for youth of African descent that will empower them to achieve and personally develop into productive and contributing leaders. The Ritz Youth Institute programs are designed to be an adjunct to the school curriculum providing an in depth knowledge of African American and the African Diasporan experience, critical thinking and training in public presentation and oration to inspire greatness at any level. Presently, there are two programs offered in Florida,

Young Black Intellectuals (YBI) and the Youth Oratorical Masters Initiative (YOMI)

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370 Zoo Road, Jacksonville, FL, United States 68.5 mi

Escape to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens for the only walking safari in Northeast Florida. Discover the earth’s wildlife through interactive and educational experiences. A true family adventure, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is growing and changing daily and is dedicated to consistently improving.  Beginning in 2004 with Range of the Jaguar and continuing with Giraffe Overlook and Savanna Blooms garden, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is quickly becoming a world-class establishment. The Zoo has something for everyone with more than 2,000 rare and exotic animals and 1,000 varieties of plants. Whether you are a visitor to Florida’s First Coast or a lifetime resident, we invite you to experience the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens through interactions with people, wildlife and the environment.

 
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Teachers and Educators 

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is home to approximately 275 species of animals (approximately 1,400 individuals) and approximately 2,000 species of plants from around the world.  It is also the field trip destination for nearly 100,000 school students, teachers and chaperones every year from as far away as Columbia, SC & Savannah, GA, to Orlando & Tallahassee, FL.  Whether you are studying Life Cycles, Adaptations, Animal Behavior or Ecosystems, there is plenty to see and do while visiting the Zoo.

Learn more about Field Trips

Learn more about On-site Education Programs

Learn more about Outreach, a program that brings the animals to you

Learn more about Your Visit

FIELD TRIP SEASONAL WARNING

March, April & May are the busiest months for school Field trips.  Nearly 50,000 or 50% of our annual field trip attendance occurs during these spring months.  It is strongly recommended that if you want to schedule a field trip during this time that you make your reservation in January.  If you are local or want to avoid the spring rush, we highly recommend that you visit in the fall and winter.


Teacher & Educator Workshops

Whether you are a classroom teacher, home schooling parent, museum or park service educator, the Zoo’s Education Department Teacher & Educator Workshops are geared to help you engage your students in environmental education.

Throughout the year we offer Project WET (Water Education for Teachers), Project WILD (Wildlife in Learning Design) and Project Learning Tree Workshops at the Zoo.  If you are interested in having any or all of these workshops held at your school or facility, we are able to coordinate and facilitate them to suit your needs at the Jacksonville Zoo and garden in Florida.

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