Morningside Nature Center

Morningside Nature Center has a 19th Century Living History Farm and puts on Living History Days, a Winter Cane Boil, and other events during the year.

Contact: (352) 316-5364,

Address: 3540 E. University Ave., Gainesville, FL, 32641

What YOU can do to help: Volunteers are needed in the following areas:

            Living History Days volunteer demonstrators

Volunteer demonstrators talk about life in North Central Florida in the 19th century and show visitors traditional trades and crafts such as soap making, weaving, woodworking, blacksmithing, period folk music, and spinning. Living History Days occur on Saturdays from September to May. Training and period garb are provided. Greeters for these events are also needed.

            Winter Cane Boil and Youth Fiddle Contest volunteers

Volunteers at this annual event on a Saturday in November work a morning or evening shift and help out during this event. Visitors to this event sample fresh biscuits and cane syrup, visit the farm animals, listen to live folk music, etc.


***Volunteer opportunities may also be available with the Environmental Education Staff if you are interested in Natural History or ecology.