World Wetlands Day Display

World Wetlands Day Display


The Education Department serves to educate and inform the public about biodiversity and the natural environment highlighting the importance of its protection and preservation.





IMG_0236Director of Museum of Natural History of Jamaica Performs Research at the Science Village

Mon, Aug 26, 2013 at 07:35:00 PM

Supported by a grant from the Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, Mrs. Tracy Commock (Director of the Natural History Museum of Jamaica – Institute of Jamaica) is conducting research on the systematics of the Jamaican endemic genus Dendrocousinia (Euphorbiaceae) between August 25 and September 15. Mrs. Tracy Commock is the Principal Investigator of this project. More…



The Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) invites you to its annual Research Symposium 2012, the symposium will be held on Wednesday November 28 at the IOJ Lecture Hall, 10-16 East Street.  The Symposium will be held under the theme, “Embracing our History, Culture and Heritage



The Natural History Museum of Jamaica (NHMJ), a division of the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ), takes pleasure in inviting you to a Public Forum on ganja for media personnel, to be staged on February 26, 2018 at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) Auditorium at 6:30 p.m.

Jamaica has had a long and interesting history of un-official as well as official involvement with the Cannabis plant. In recent years there has been an upsurge of interest globally in the medicinal and recreational use of the plant, and this has stimulated a multi-billion dollar industry.

Given the surging interest and enthusiasm there have been claims, counterclaims and misinformation. The NHMJ firmly believes that the Media has a critical role to play in setting the record straight and the general education of listeners and readers. It is in this regard that we are staging the Public Forum especially for the Media:


Venue: PCJ Auditorium

Date: Monday, February 26, 2018

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Moderator: Professor Ronald Young

We have assembled a powerful line up of knowledgeable speakers to cover the following topics:

  1. Wayne McLaughlin (CARITOX/UWI): Current Laboratory Research Findings on Jamaican Ganja
  2. Hawthorne Watson (Former Head of SRC): Pioneer Research and Government’s Involvement Starting in the 1960’s
  3. Lilyclaire Bellamy, Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO): IPR Issues and Challenges
  4. Kathie Lennon, Ganja Growers and Producers Association (GGPA): Farming Practices, Strains and the UN Alternate Development Programme for Ganja in Jamaica
  5. Professor Wendell Abel: A Psychiatrist’s Perspective
  6. Lisa Dawes: Pioneering work at a Rural Hospital
  7. Cannabis Licensing Authority: Licensing Status and Issues

In addition we have invited other resource personnel from the GGPA and the Cannabis Commercial Council as well as recipients of Provisional Licences to participate.

Each panelist will be allowed a seven-minute presentation. A “Question and Answer Session

Museum Connect



The NHMJ Staff, the Frost Museum Science Team and student volunteers at the restoration site

The NHMJ Staff, the Frost Museum Science Team and student volunteers at the restoration site


Staff from the Natural History Museum of Jamaica (NHMJ) along with members from the Frost Science Museum in Florida transformed the dustbowl at the Greater Portmore Civic Centre into an urban oasis for new plant and animal life on Saturday, March 28. The transformation is under the Museums Connect: Citizen-Led Urban Environmental Restoration project, which had its kick off meeting in October of last year.


The aim of the project is to restore the natural environment of an urban area by re-planting trees and flowers, which the community can enjoy. This process is known as ‘greening’. Citizen scientists from secondary and tertiary schools as well as volunteers from the Portmore communities came out to help NHMJ staff and the visiting Frost Science Team plant yellow Poui and Lignum Vitae at the dustbowl. The restoration project also included the laying of gravel to form a pathway for pedestrians.


Executive Director of the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ), Ms. Anne Marie Bonner; acting Mayor of Portmore, Leon Thomas; Councilor of the Greater Portmore East Division, Ms. Yvonne McCormack and members from the Portmore Municipality, Greater Portmore Joint Council, Greater Portmore Junior Centre and the Embassy of the United States of America also attended to lend a hand in the restoration project. The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) and the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) also provided some well needed assistance to the volunteers.  It was an uplifting and enjoyable experience for those who attended.


Acting Mayor of Portmore, Leon Thomas and Executive Director, Ms. Anne Marie Bonner at the restoration site on March 28

Acting Mayor of Portmore, Leon Thomas and Executive Director, Ms. Anne Marie Bonner at the restoration site on March 28


The Museums Connect: Citizen-Led Urban Environmental Restoration project is funded by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Museums Connect Programme fosters cultural and scientific exchange between museums in the United States and those of other countries. The next stage of the project involves Jamaican citizen scientists who participated on the Jamaican leg along with NHMJ staff traveling to the restoration site in Miami Florida from April 9-12.


Volunteers working hard at the restoration site in Greater Portmore

Volunteers working hard at the restoration site in Greater Portmore



For more information on the Museums Connect partnership, upcoming event and opportunities for volunteers and funders please visit our website http://www.miamisci.org/jamuve/ or search for the project hastag #JaMUVE on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.