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UI reschedules Collectors' Day for March 27, sets March 13 registration deadline

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History has rescheduled its Collectors' Day program for 1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 27 at Macbride Hall and set a March 13 registration deadline for participants wishing to exhibit a collection.

Collectors, hobbyists, amateur scientists and artists of all ages are invited to exhibit their collections or works in the museum and converse with visitors about their hobbies.

Collector's Day is planned as a forum for area nature and natural history enthusiasts to display their collections or hobbies and to introduce children and adults to the pleasure of collecting and nature study. Program Coordinator David Brenzel says that Iowa has a tradition of producing serious amateur collectors whose discoveries have enriched the museum's collections and scientists' understanding of the natural world. He notes that collecting encourages important thinking skills in children and opens a window to a lifetime of nature enjoyment.

Exhibiting a collection is free. Collectors or hobbyists in any natural history-related field are welcome to participate. To register, or for further information, call David Brenzel, program coordinator, at 335-0482.

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