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Events and News

The Gillespie Museum is home to a variety of events that take place throughout the year. Our Science Cafés provide a relaxed platform to learn about and discuss in-depth,  a variety of topics related to environmental science. Our monthly Science Saturdays give environmentalists of all ages the opportunity to join in some fun and engaging activities!

Every year the Gillespie museum hosts a range of events (seminars, movie screenings, sandhill and seed workdays, Science Cafés, etc.) for Earth Week.

We also host outdoor learning programs for children ages 8-12 in the summer.

Check out some upcoming and past events and exhibits at the Museum.

Fall 2018

Saturday, October 27, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Science Saturday - Mostly Green Halloween

Mostly Green Halloween

stetson environmental club prepares for green halloween 20017

Our 10th annual fall fair--a showcase of hands-on activities and scientific experiments, exploring the mysteries of the plant and animal world. The public is invited to participate in this free, family-friendly Halloween-themed event, which is one of the museum’s monthly Science Saturdays, and welcomes scientists of all ages (children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult). Costumes encouraged!

Thursday, September 27, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Science Cafe - Ask the State Geologist

Jonathan Arthur-Director of Florida Geological Survey

Dr. Jonathan Arthur, State Geologist of Florida; Director, Florida Geological Survey

In this informal conversation, Dr. Arthur will answer questions about geoscience and society, groundwater challenges, and geoscience careers. Dr. Arthur’s research interests include hydro-geochemistry and aquifer vulnerability, with a special focus on geoscience policy and advocacy. This event is co-hosted by the Department of Environmental Science and Studies and the Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience.

Cultural Credit for Stetson Undergraduates

Saturday, September 22, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Science Saturday - Smithsonian Museum Day

Smithsonian Museum Day

The Gillespie Museum's first Science Saturday, 2018-19, is part of Smithsonian Museum Day, celebrating museums nationwide. Come and browse the museum’s mineral collections and displays, including the recently opened Florida Formations, tracing 500 million years of the state’s geology, and a special exhibit on James Smithson, the founding benefactor of the Smithsonian and an eighteenth-century mineralogist. Visitors may add to their own mineral collections in the Collectors’ Corner. In keeping with the Smithsonian’s special focus on Women in STEM, the undergraduate staff members of the museum will explore with young visitors how their disciplinary studies--from archaeology to conservation, herpetology to marine biology--have prepared them for work in the museum’s programs and initiatives.

Spring 2018

Earth Week 2018 (events April 12 - April 27)

Earth Week 2018

Come out and enjoy Earth Week at the Gillespie Museum. Earth Day has been celebrated on the Stetson University campus since its inception on April 22, 1970. Students from a range of disciplines, from Digital Arts to Environmental Science, from Biology to Music, have organized two weeks of presentations, actions, and celebration to keep the campus and community green and to raise awareness about how to make change. Our full schedule provides information regarding Gillespie Museum and other Stetson Community Earth Week events and activities.

Thursday, April 26, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Science Cafe - Alexander von Humboldt: A Liberal Ecologist

Gregor FalkAlexander von Humboldt

Gregor C. Falk, Institute of Geography, Freiburg, Germany; and Alexander von Humboldt, painting by Weitsch

Visiting Professor Gregor Falk’s presentation will focus on the economic, social and political approaches in Humboldt’s writing about the natural world. The conversation will trace Humboldt’s reflections on human and environmental interactions as a liberal approach to ecology.

Cultural Credit for Stetson Undergraduates

Thursday, April 19, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Opening Reception - Virtually Green

virtually green

Two Digital Art senior exhibits by museum staffers will open in the Gillespie. Annette Morton’s WeAreOne and Mac Thomson’s Virtual Sage integrate art with environmental messages about climate change and the beauty of nature.

Cultural Credit for Stetson Undergraduates

Wednesday, April 18, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Wildflower Wednesday

wildflower wednesday

Plant a native wildflower, change our urban ecosystems. We’ll be planting wildflowers, creating native seed bombs, and painting pollinator boxes in the Volusia Sandhill Ecosystem.

Cultural Credit for Stetson Undergraduates

Saturday, March 24, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Science Saturday - Florida Fossils & Physics Extravaganza!

Florida FossilsPhysics Extravaganza

Dig into Florida geology and paleontology with a scavenger hunt, an outdoor fossil dig and a fossil-making corner at the museum. Then walk across campus to view a dazzling display of physics experiments in Sage Science Center, offered by students from the Society of Physics Students.

Friday, March 16, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Stetson Beekeeping Workshop

Stetson beekeeping

Are you ready to meet 10,000 new six-legged friends? Then join Stetson Beekeeping for our Spring honey harvest! We'll be meeting from 1-4 PM at the RELC (next to the Gillespie Museum) this Friday, March 16th. A cultural presentation will take place from 3-4, but if you stay through the whole harvest, you can take home your own jar of hive-fresh honey! No beekeeping experience required!

Wednesday, January 24, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Science Cafe - Bee Sensoria: Artists' Perspectives

a better nectar exhibit

Jessica Rath, Visual Artist, Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles, CA; and Robert Hoehn, Composer, Los Angeles, CA

In association with the opening of “a better nectar,” an exhibition co-hosted by the Hand Art Center and Gillespie Museum, visiting artists Jessica Rath and Robert Hoehn will discuss the role scientific observation and data played in creating their “artist perspective” on the sensory experience of bees.

Cultural Credit for Stetson Undergraduates

FALL 2017

December 12 - 15, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Rock Your Stocking!  Holiday Shopping at the Gillespie Museum Gift Shop

 Rock Your Stocking

Thursday, November 16, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Science Cafe - Florida's Surficial Geologic Formations

Harley Means FGS

Guy "Harley" Means, Assistant State Geologist, Florida Geological Survey

Florida’s surficial geologic units are comprised of limestone, dolostone, quartz sand and clay that reflect more than 40 million years of geologic history. In this conversation, Means will discuss Florida’s unique surficial geology and the processes that have shaped our state over millions of years.

Cultural Credit for Stetson Undergraduates

Saturday, October 28, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Science Saturday - Mostly Green Halloween

Mostly Green Halloween

 Mostly Green Halloween attendees

Our 9th annual fall fair--a showcase of hands-on activities and scientific experiments,
exploring the mysteries of the plant and animal world. Costumes encouraged!

Thursday, October 26, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Opening Reception - Florida Formations

Florida Formations

Thursday, October 26, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Science Cafe - Sea Level: Past, Present, and Future Change

Ben Tanner, geologist

Ben Tanner, Professor of Environmental Science and Studies

Stetson University’s Gillespie Museum will celebrate the opening of a new exhibit, Florida Formations: Shifting Seas and Sediments, with a reception and gallery walk, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, and a special Science Café conversation, “Sea Level: Past, Present, and Future Change,” with Ben Tanner, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Studies, 7:00 – 8:15 pm. As part of the Gillespie Museum’s Science Café series, Professor Tanner will provide an informal presentation about sea level change through Florida’s geological history.

Cultural Credit for Stetson Undergraduates

Tuesday, October 17, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Science Cafe - Our Birds Are Your Birds Too: Avian Conservation in Colombia

Nury Penagos

Nury Penagos

Nury Penagos will be visiting Stetson through a Partners of the Americas Travel Program. She has been coordinating educational programming for K-12 between Colombia and US focusing on avian conservation.

Cultural Credit for Stetson Undergraduates

Saturday, September 23, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Science Saturday - Smithsonian Museum Day

 Smithsonian Museum Day

The Gillespie Museum's first Science Saturday, 2017-18, is part of Smithsonian Museum Day, celebrating museums nationwide. We'll have hands-on activities, based on the Gillespie's historic mineral collection: Storied Stone Scavenger Hunt; GeoBingo; Mineral Collecting 101; and a special exhibit, "Smithson, Smithsonite, and the Smithsonian," tracing the mineralogical contributions of James Smithson, the British scientists whose founding gift to the people of the United States established our national museum.

SPRING 2017 

Earth Week 2017

Earth Week Stetson University

View the Full Schedule of Gillespie Museum Earth Week Events and Activities here.

Thursday, April 20, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Science Cafe - The Pollinator Project in the Volusia Sandhill Teaching Landscape

 Cynthia BenningtonPeter MaySarah Garcia

Cindy Bennington and Peter May, Professors of Biology; Sarah Garcia, Environmental Sciences major

An update on current research in the Volusia Sandhill Ecosystem, a restoration project on the museum grounds. Stetson biology professors Cindy Bennington and Peter May are measuring pollinator visitation rate and species composition in this campus restoration, acquiring baseline data to be built upon as the site matures. A related project—a feasibility study of citizen-generated data for pollinator monitoring—has been completed by Sarah Garcia, a senior environmental sciences major.

Cultural Credit for Stetson Undergraduates

Saturday, March 25, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Science Saturday - Space Rocks & Physics Extravaganza!

 NASA historic poster

In the museum, collector John Castiller will share his rocks and space travel memorabilia, while in the Sage Science Center, students from the Society of Physics Students (SPS) will offer a dazzling display of physics experiments.

Thursday, March 23, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Science Cafe - To Sleep, Perchance to Remember

Camille King and student

Camille King, Professor of Psychology

A discussion of the complex biological intersection of sleep and memory. The presentation will focus on the neuroscientific research that highlights the negative impact a lack of sleep has on learning and memory.

Cultural Credit for Stetson Undergraduates

Saturday, February 11, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Science Saturday - We LOVE Rocks & Minerals!

 We LOVE Rocks

A Valentine’s weekend celebration of gemstones and other precious stones. Young scientists will have an opportunity to follow a scavenger hunt through the museum’s newest exhibit, Storied Stone. In a workshop, visitors can create gifts and cards.

Tuesday, February 7, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Opening Reception - Storied Stone; and Gallery Talk with Nicholas Pearson

 Storied Stone

Thursday, February 2, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Science Cafe - African Dust, Shanghai Smog, Georgia-Florida Wild Fires: An Environmental Tale of Three Continents

Song Gao

Song Gao, Professor of Chemistry

A discussion of research on the characteristics and mechanisms of pollution in the atmosphere and hydrosphere of Africa, Asia, and North America. The talk will also address some of the latest science-based policy advancements in mitigating climate change.

Cultural Credit for Stetson Undergraduates