Water exhibit, tribute to 'Peanuts' open Saturday at museum
Published: Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 4:28 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 4:28 p.m.
Cedar Key clams are coming to the Florida Museum of Natural History, but without the lemon and butter.
Museum opening-day events
The Florida Museum of Natural History is holding opening-day activities Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for its newest temporary exhibits, "Peanuts ... Naturally: Charlie Brown and Friends Explore Nature" and "Water: Discovering and Sharing Solutions."
Activities include an appearance by an Abraham Lincoln impersonator and displays including vintage "Peanuts" memorabilia, a comic drawing and inking activity, and models of different ant species.
All opening-day activities and admission to the water exhibit are free. Admission to the "Peanuts" exhibit is $4 for adults, $3.50 for Florida residents and seniors and $3 for ages 3-17. UF students with a valid ID receive free admission to the "Peanuts" and Butterfly Rainforest exhibits through Sunday.
For more information, including directions and parking, visit www.flmnh.ufl.edu or call 846-2000.
— Florida Museum of Natural History
The clams are part of an exhibit, "Water: Discovering and Sharing Solutions," that opens Saturday. It highlights University of Florida research involving water, invasive species and food production including the clam industry in Cedar Kay.
"This is one of the most environmentally friendly agricultural industries there can be," said UF shellfish extension agent Leslie Sturmer. "We clean up the water, thank you very much."
Sturmer was part of a group that went to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival during the summer to display the exhibit on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
The exhibit will be displayed at the Florida Museum through Jan. 2. A public event is being held Saturday to open the water exhibit along with an exhibit on the natural world of the "Peanuts" comic strip.
The water exhibit is part of UF's effort to mark the land-grant university system's 150th anniversary. The Morrill Act of 1862 granted federal land to states that they were able to sell to establish public universities with missions that include research and outreach.
The museum exhibit showcases UF research on issues such as reducing water use in the citrus industry. It starts outside the museum with a display on plants suited to Florida's climate.
Displays inside the museum include live clams as well as starfish, horseshoe crabs and small alligators. A display on invasive plants and animals features an Argentine tegu lizard, which eats the eggs of native species.
The exhibit attempts to educate the public on UF research about stopping the spread of invasive species and reducing water use in homes and yards.
"UF impacts our state and our community in a lot of positive ways," said Dale Johnson, Florida Museum project coordinator. "We just wanted to tell a few of those stories."
Contact staff reporter Nathan Crabbe at 338-3176 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.thecampussun.com for more stories on the University of Florida.