Events and News

Events and News

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

Check out our upcoming and past events at the museum!

Spring 2020

Florida Stewards

Conservation Photographer Dustin Angell

January 16, Thursday, 6-8 p.m., in the RELC

Science Café - Florida Stewards, Photography by Dustin Angell, Opening Reception & Gallery Talk

Environmental educator and photographer Dustin Angell of Archbold Research Station will discuss his portraits and documentary work of Florida ecologists, and offer tips on how others can participate in the conservation photography movement in the United States. The exhibit, Florida Stewards, will be on display in the Environmental Gallery of the Rinker Environmental Learning Center, adjacent to the Gillespie Museum, through March 13, 2020.

Kristen Mattson

Kristen Mattson, Spring Island Trust

February 5, Wednesday, 7-8:30 p.m.

Science Café - The Ecology of Port Royal Sound

The Port Royal Sound watershed is part of the South Atlantic Bight salt marsh ecosystem and stands out due to its relatively pristine condition and healthy marine habitat. Unique conditions found only in Port Royal Sound promote a high productivity and biodiversity. Join environmental educator Kristen Marshall Mattson to learn what makes this area distinct and to hear  stories of some of the most important species found there.

We Love Rocks

February 8, Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon

Science Saturday - We Love Rocks and Minerals!

Get ready for Valentine's Day with a celebration of gemstones and other precious stones. Young scientists will have an opportunity to follow a scavenger hunt through the museum's exhibit, Storied Stone. In a workshop, visitors can create gifts and cards.

Agatized Coral

February 27, Thursday, 7-8:30 p.m.

Science Café - Florida's Own Gems: Agatized Fossil Corals

Agatized Coral and Other Silicified Fossils is an exhibition from the personal collections of Sam Upchurch, PhD, and Gary Maddox, Apalachee Minerals. Agatized coral is a mineralized fossil chosen by the state legislature in 1979 as the Florida state rock. As specialists in Florida geology and karst systems, Professor Upchurch and Mr. Maddox have collected specimens for decades. They will be here to talk about collecting and understanding the geological history which created these rare specimens.

Jason Evans

Jason Evans, Interim Director of the Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience

March 19, Thursday, 7-8:30 p.m. - Canceled

Science Café - Facing Down Disaster: Selected Tales of Resilience Planning from the Southeastern Coastal Zone

Stetson University professor of environmental science and studies, and interim director of Stetson's Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience (IWER), Jason Evans, will speak about his experience on the front lines of Florida's challenge with climate change.

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Madison Creech, Visiting Assistant Professor, Creative Arts; Teresa Carmody, Assistant Professor, Director of the MFA of the Americas.

March 20, Friday, 5-7 p.m. - Canceled

Opening & Guided Walk - Agatized Coral Magic Florida Ball: A Collectively Found Exhibition

This project brings together rocks and magic to create a collectively found exhibition in conversation with Agatized Coral and Other Silicified Fossils, currently on view at the Gillespie Museum. Artists Creech and Carmody have made ceramic replicas of agatized coral. Each piece is also a magic eight ball. The exhibition will open with a guided walk in which the artists invite attendees to call on the Agatized Coral Magic Florida Balls to explore our most pressing questions (secret or not) as individuals and as a community. Over the course of the walk, we’ll collectively assemble a found exhibition, to be displayed in the new Environmental Gallery at the Rinker Environmental Learning Center (RELC) adjacent to the museum.

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Earth Day 2020

April 18, 20 and 24 - Canceled

Science Saturday, Sandhill Workday, and Watercolor Workshop

A part of Stetson University's Earth Week, Earth Day at the Gillespie is our annual celebration of the planet and its wonders.  Bring the whole family for this special Science Saturday on April 18, from 10 a.m.-noon, where you can learn about collecting rocks, minerals and fossils in Florida with world-renowned geologists.  Join us for a Volunteer Workday in the Volusia Sandhill Ecosystem on Monday, April 20, from 1:30-3 p.m..  Come out and assist with planting and monitoring of our urban restoration of the longleaf pine ecosystem right here on the Gillespie Museum grounds.  Then cap off the week with our second annual Watercolor Workshop & Arbor Day Celebration on Friday, April 24, from 2-4 p.m..  Practice your skills as a watercolorist in the Volusia Sandhill Ecosystem (all supplies provided).