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Native plant sale

Native plants are adapted to drought and heat, which helps reduce water consumption from irrigation, requires less upkeep and helps save money. Featured here are beautiful native shrubs, trees, wildflowers, ferns, grasses and vines. Vendors are members of the Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS), and certify that plants are nursery-propagated and grown. Visitors are able to join FNPS or FNP at the plant sale.

Morningside Nature Center Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, 4:30pm - 6:30pm – FNP and FNPS Members Only Saturday, October 19, 2019, 8:30am - 12:30pm - Open to the Public

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Cane boil

This event is held each year the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and combines traditions of giving thanks and fall harvest with a youth fiddle contest. Join us at the Living History Farm to experience the making and bottling of sugar cane syrup, live music, horse-drawn wagon rides and living history interpreters bringing a country day in 1870 back to life.

Morningside Living History Farm Saturday after Thanksgiving, 10am-4pm

 
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Longleaf pine youth fiddle contest

This portion of the Cane Boil is for musicians 18 years old or younger who may enter in one of three age-group divisions:

  • Sprouts Division (beginner to 9 years old)

  • Seedlings Division (10-13 years old)

  • Saplings Division (14-18 years old)

Fill out this form and register by November 25.

Morningside Living History Farm Saturday after Thanksgiving, 10am-4pm

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Barnyard buddies

Visitors can meet and greet farm animals by helping staff with afternoon feeding on the Living History Farm. This program is free, but the animals love donations of carrots, squash, apples, sweet potatoes and melons. Just make sure to give these items to a staff member and not directly to the animals.

Morningside Living History Farm Every Wednesday, September–May, 3pm

 
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wildflower walks

Participants will enjoy the spectacular fall wildflower bloom in the piney woods of Morningside Nature Center during a guided walk. Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring water and any field guides you would like to use.

Morningside Nature Center Saturday mornings in October, 9am

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Great Invader
Raider Rally

Be a part of this annual tradition to remove invasive plant species from our natural areas! Under trained leadership, volunteers will work to restore preassigned areas in the morning before heading back to Morningside Nature Center for a celebration including music, t-shirts, prizes, environmental education booths, games and food. Register here!

 
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Poetry in the park

This educational program connects elementary school children to both their environment and imaginations through poetry. Kids get to explore Gainesville nature parks (particularly Morningside Nature Center) and express their discoveries by writing poems. This initiative helps expand children’s perception of their environment and stimulates emotional and intellectual connections. Contact us to see how your classroom can get involved with this fun activity!

Poetry in the Parks has been an inspiration to myself and to my students. It made teaching poetry very relate-able. It tied into a field trip, poetry unit and science. My students were inspired to write poems about nature, what they saw and felt and even tasted. It seemed natural to them to write about what they did outside on a field trip to Morningside. They were eager to draft and make revisions as they worked with the different elements of their poem, but, mostly they were just proud of their masterpieces and loved displaying them in class, sharing them as read alouds and, of course taking them home. They were even recognized at an award ceremony we held just for the grade level and participants and placed as 1,2,3rd or overall. Everyone leaned in to listen as the poetry contestants read their poems on stage. Wonderful program!

Jeanne Sanders

4th grade, 3rd grade Teacher

Alachua Elementary