Plant native seeds on Amuseum Naturalis volunteer day   | THE DAILY HERALD

Amuseum Naturalis is St. Martin’s free museum of nature and heritage.

MARIGOT–Local association Les Fruits de Mer invites everyone on St. Martin to help make a museum together on Amuseum Naturalis March volunteer day. Volunteers of all ages can lend a hand this Saturday, March 23, from 9:00am until noon and then enjoy lunch together right after.

“All are welcome, and anyone can help,” said Les Fruits de Mer President Jenn Yerkes. “We’ll be working on the museum and gardens and starting new seedlings to give away at our free plant stand. It’s always a lot of fun and a great chance to meet other people who love local heritage, plants and wildlife.”

Amuseum Naturalis at The Old House is a free museum of St. Martin’s nature and heritage, located at the historic Old House in French Quarter. Phase one of Amuseum has been open since July 2018. It includes an exhibit hall, a botanic walk, several stunning viewpoints and gardens for bush tea and traditional crops.

“If you love plants, you’ll definitely want to come on Saturday,” said Amuseum curator Mark Yokoyama. “We gave away more than 300 plants in the last few weeks, so we’ll be working to rebuild our stock of native trees and plants, and other plants traditionally grown on St. Martin. Be sure to save us the seeds of the next soursop or sugar apple you eat. We can also reuse your plastic yogurt containers as pots for seedlings.”

Amuseum Naturalis is an all-volunteer project. Over the last year, more than 200 volunteers spent over 4,000 hours working on Amuseum. Since opening, Amuseum has welcomed more than 3,000 visitors, including more than 1,500 local students.

Amuseum Naturalis is located at The Old House, on the hill above Le Galion beach. The public is also invited to visit Amuseum during regular opening hours, Tuesday to Saturday, from 9:00am to noon.

Admission is always free and free school and youth group visits are also offered. For more information, visit or find Les Fruits de Mer on Facebook.

Source: The Daily Herald