Museum Grounds and Environmental Learning

Museum Grounds and Environmental Learning

Gillespie Museum grounds with Volusia Sandhill

The grounds of the Gillespie Museum and of the adjacent Rinker Environmental Learning Center (RELC) provide outdoor classrooms, supply our Stetson Seed Library, and are home to a well-established Native Florida Plant Landscape, the Volusia Sandhill Ecosystem Teaching Landscape, the Hatter Harvest Garden and Stetson Beekeeping.

Explore the Gillespie Grounds

Rinker Environmental Learning Center

The Rinker Environmental Learning Center is an innovative, high-tech meeting place for museum, Stetson academic, and other campus and community programming, with adjoining resource room and gallery space. 

Volusia Sandhill Ecosystem logo

The Volusia Sandhill Ecosystem is an urban restoration in progress.  A spot of complex and valuable natural beauty on campus, it is also a unique teaching landscape, and a place of ongoing collaborative research.

Native Florida Landscape logo

The Gillespie Museum Native Florida Plant Landscape surrounds the museum proper.  Plant signs on the landscape and an interpretive brochure available in the museum introduce visitors to common native Florida trees and plants.   

Hatter Harvest logo

Hatter Harvest is a student-led, community oriented initiative, promoting sustainable practices in agriculture, with the main aim of maintaining an organic garden on the Stetson campus that grows vegetables, fruit, and ornamental plants.  The Hatter Harvest Garden is located behind the Rinker Environmental Learning Center. 

Seed Library logo

The Stetson Seed Library is a small, ever-changing repository of collected seeds, representing species from both the Volusia Sandhill Ecosystem and the Hatter Harvest Garden.  A variety of hand-packaged seeds are available to the Stetson community and to the local gardening public as seasonal supplies last.

Stetson Beekeeping

Stetson Beekeeping is a campus club of like minded individuals with a passion for beekeeping, honey, and everything in between.  Their cluster of hives is located behind the Gillespie Museum.