Science Cafe

Science Café

Science Cafés help to promote scientific literacy by encouraging relaxed, open conversations among scientists and nonscientists of all ages.

Join us at the museum for snacks/social at 5:30 p.m., with presentations beginning in the RELC at 6:00 p.m.

The RELC was built, in part, by the Volusia County ECHO Program in 2007 with a generous grant of $325,000. This ECHO-supported facility is used as a classroom, lecture hall, and activity space for our monthly public events (Science Saturdays and Science Cafes) and for K-12 school and other tour group programming; it also includes a small exhibit and exploration gallery called The Nature Nook which is open to the public during regular museum hours at no cost to visitors.

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Dates at a Glance

Fall 2023

  • August 31 - The Geological Story of Florida with Kristen Marshall-Mattson, Director, Gillespie Museum
  • September 28 - Shipwreck Archaeology in our Nation's Oldest Port with Chuck Meide, Director, Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program, St. Augustine
  • October 19 - Demystifying the Florida Black Bear with Mike Orlando, FWC, Bear Management Program
  • November 9 - Water Lettuce in Florida: Tourist or Cracker? with Allen Dray and Paul Madeira, USDA, Invasive Plant Research Laboratory

Spring 2024

  • February 22 - 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
  • March 14 - Solar Eclipse 2024 with Derek Demeter, Director of the Seminole State College Planetarium
  • April 18 - Coastal Pollution Challenges with Brooke Saari (Stetson alum), South Carolina Sea Grant

Fall 2023

Florida Geology

August 31

The Geological Story of Florida with Kristen Marshall Mattson, Gillespie Museum director; 6 p.m. in the RELC adjacent to the museum, 5:30 for snacks/social.

Cultural Credit available for Stetson undergraduates.

Underwater Archaeology

September 28

Shipwreck Archaeology in our Nation's Oldest Port with Chuck Meide, Director, Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program, St. Augustine; 6 p.m. in the RELC adjacent to the museum, 5:30 for snacks/social.

Cultural Credit available for Stetson undergraduates.

Florida Black Bear

October 19

Demystifying the Florida Black Bear with Mike Orlando, FWC, Bear Management Program; 6 p.m. in the RELC adjacent to the museum, 5:30 for snacks/social.  Read more & RSVP Today!

Cultural Credit available for Stetson undergraduates. 

water lettuce

November 9

Water Lettuce in Florida: Tourist or Cracker? with Allen Dray and Paul Madeira, USDA, Invasive Plant Research Laboratory; 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).  Read more & RSVP Today! (reservations are appreciated but not required)

Cultural Credit available for Stetson undergraduates.

Spring 2024

first Floridians

February 22

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.  Read more & RSVP Today! (reservations are appreciated but not required)

Cultural Credit available for Stetson undergraduates.

solar eclipse

March 14

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.  Read more & RSVP Today! (reservations are appreciated but not required)

Cultural Credit available for Stetson undergraduates.

coastal pollution

April 18

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.  Read more & RSVP Today! (reservations are appreciated but not required)

Cultural Credit available for Stetson undergraduates.

Archived Videos

Spring 2021 - Armchair Geology - event recordings now available