Events and News

Events and News

The Gillespie has events year-round.  Monthly Science Cafés feature presentations on a range of science and environmental topics, and monthly Science Saturdays offer hands-on educational fun for scientists of all ages.

Stay tuned right here and subscribe to our newsletter for the latest info on upcoming Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 museum events!

Fall 2024

Pollinator Census

August 23 - Great Southeast Pollinator Census

2 p.m.; Join the count in the Volusia Sandhill restoration! In cooperation with the University of Georgia Extension, this citizen science opportunity sponsored by the Gillespie Museum will help protect the southeast's pollinators one count at a time! See https://gsepc.org/ for more info. Cultural credit is available for Stetson undergraduates.

T Farrell

September tbd - Science Cafe

Pit Viper Behavioral Ecology with Dr. Terry Farrell, Stetson Biology Professor, retired; 6 p.m. in the RELC adjacent to the museum, 5:30 for snacks/social. Cultural Credit is available for Stetson undergraduates.

NASA image

September 21 - Science Saturday

Journey to Space! 10 a.m. - noon; Join us for demonstrations and hands-on astronomy activities to kick off the new school year!  Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Science Saturdays feature special museum exhibits and family-friendly activities.

Springs Geology 2 by Judith Greavu

October 2024 - May 2025

Uncertain Sanctuary: Florida Springs Sculptures by Judith Greavu; Come check out this stunning new exhibit, and learn more about the state of our springs in an associated display featuring materials from the Florida Springs Council.

J Greavu Ryan Smart

October 17 - Science Cafe

Gallery Opening & Presentation - Uncertain Sanctuary: Florida Springs Sculptures by Judith Greavu; Come meet artist and sculptor Judith Greavu at the opening reception for her special visiting exhibit, with guest speaker Ryan Smart, Director of the Florida Springs Council; at 6 p.m. in the RELC adjacent to the museum, 5:30 for snacks/social. Co-sponsored by Stetson's Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience (IWER). Cultural Credit is available for Stetson undergraduates. 

Mostly Green Hallowen

October 19 - Science Saturday

Mostly Green Halloween - Our annual family-friendly fall fair! 10 a.m.-noon; Outdoor activities, crafts, & explorations.  Costumes encouraged!  Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Science Saturdays feature special museum exhibits and family-friendly activities.

Carolyn Kovacs fsg

November 14 - Science Cafe

Mangroves and Saltmarsh with Carolyn Kovacs, Florida Sea Grant; 6 p.m. in the RELC adjacent to the museum, 5:30 for snacks/social. Co-sponsored by Stetson's Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience (IWER). Cultural Credit is available for Stetson undergraduates.

Founders Day Gillespie Museum

November 16 - Science Saturday

Founder's Day Celebration! 10 a.m.-noon; It's the Gillespie Museum’s birthday! Join us for some special activities! Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Science Saturdays feature special museum exhibits and family-friendly activities.

Fall Drop-in Craft pumpkin logo

November 26 - Fall Drop-in Craft Project

Awesome Autumnal Activity!  All day, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Everyone is welcome to stop by the museum today during regular hours for a fun, festive, fall-themed activity!

Spring 2024

first Floridians

February 22 - Science Cafe

Searching for the First Floridians – Excavations at the Tatum-Crockett Site (8CO1483) on the Lower Santa Fe River with Bob Knight, Director of the Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute; 6 p.m. in the RELC adjacent to the museum, 5:30 for snacks/social.  Reservations encouraged - Read more & RSVP today!

Cultural Credit is available for Stetson undergraduates.

Night Creatures

February 24 - Science Saturday

Creatures of the Night with the Central Florida Zoo! 10 a.m.-noon; Join us for some awesome live animal action in the RELC! Co-sponsored with the Stetson Pre-vet Club. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.  Reservations encouraged - Read more & RSVP today!

Science Saturdays feature special museum exhibits and family-friendly activities.

solar eclipse among the clouds

March 14 - Science Cafe

Solar Eclipse 2024 with Derek Demeter, Director of the Seminole State College Planetarium; 6 p.m. in the RELC adjacent to the museum, 5:30 for snacks/social.  Reservations encouraged - Read more & RSVP today!

Cultural Credit is available for Stetson undergraduates.

STEAM Festival event banner

March 16 - Science Saturday

2nd Annual Gillespie STEAM Festival! 10 a.m.-noon; Join us in celebrating everything Science Technology Engineering Arts & Mathematics! Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.  Reservations encouraged - Read more & RSVP today!

Science Saturdays feature special museum exhibits and family-friendly activities.

spring Drop-in event

March 26 - Celebrate Spring! Drop-in Event

It's Springtime at the Gillespie!  All day, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Everyone is welcome to stop by the museum today during regular hours for a spring-themed take-home craft, a fun scavenger hunt, and the opening of The Nature Nook, our new interactive exhibit.  No registration is required!  Fun for all ages!  More info about the spring drop-in event!

coastal pollution

April 18 - Science Cafe

Coastal Pollution Challenges with Brooke Saari (Stetson alum), South Carolina Sea Grant; 6 p.m. in the RELC adjacent to the museum, 5:30 for snacks/social. Cosponsored by Stetson's Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience (IWER).  Reservations encouraged - Read more & RSVP today!

Cultural Credit is available for Stetson undergraduates.

Earth Day logo 2024

April 20 - Science Saturday

Earth Day at the Gillespie! 10 a.m.-noon; Our annual celebration of the planet & its wonders! Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.  Reservations encouraged - Read more & RSVP today!

Science Saturdays feature special museum exhibits and family-friendly activities.

Beginner Birding

May 21 - Beginners Birding Workshop

How to Get Started Birding with Gillespie Museum Director Kristen Marshall-Mattson; 9 - 11 a.m.; Join us for an introduction to birding. The program will start with a presentation to help you get started as a birder, followed by a walk around the museum grounds practicing your new skills! This event is for West Volusia Audubon members, Gillespie Museum members, and Stetson faculty/staff/students only--but it's not too late to become a museum member: Join today!

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