Science Saturday

Science Saturday

Our monthly Science Saturdays give scientists and environmentalists of all ages the opportunity to join in some fun and engaging activities in the museum, in the Rinker Environmental Learning Center (RELC), and outside on the museum grounds!  Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

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.

Dates at a Glance

FALL 2024

September 21 - Journey to Space

October 19 - Mostly Green Halloween

November 16 - Founder's Day Celebration with live animal program from the Central Florida Zoo


February 24 - Creatures of the Night with the Central Florida Zoo

March 16 - 2nd Annual Gillespie STEAM Festival

April 20 - Earth Day at the Gillespie

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Fall 2023

NASA image

September 21, 10 a.m. - noon

Journey to Space!

Join us for demonstrations and hands-on astronomy activities to kick off the new school year! 

Mostly Green Halloween

October 19, 10 a.m. - noon

Mostly Green Halloween!

Our 15th annual fall fair! Join us for activities and experiments, exploring the wonders and mysteries of the natural world. The public is invited to participate in this free, family-friendly Halloween-themed event. We welcome scientists of all ages (children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult), and costumes are encouraged!

Gillespie Museum founders

November 16, 10 a.m. - noon

Founder's Day Celebration & Zoo-to-You Program!

It’s the Gillespie Museum’s 66th birthday! Join us for a special live animal presentation from the Central Florida Zoo!  Cosponsored with Stetson's Pre-vet Club.

Spring 2024

Night Creatures

February 24, 10 a.m. - noon

Creatures of the Night with the Central Florida Zoo!

Join us for some awesome live animal action in the RELC!  Co-sponsored with the Stetson Pre-vet Club. Reservations encouraged - Read more & RSVP Today!

STEAM Festival

March 16, 10 a.m. - noon

2nd Annual Gillespie STEAM Festival! 

Join us in celebrating everything Science Technology Engineering Arts and mathematics! Reservations encouraged - Read more & RSVP Today!

Earth Day 2024

April 20, 10 a.m. - noon

Earth Day at the Gillespie!

Our annual celebration of the planet & its wonders! Reservations encouraged - Read more & RSVP Today!