Manatee Moves and September Programs at The Bishop

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Manatees on the Move

The Bishop’s Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat Temporarily Closing For Maintenance
This month, The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature will be bidding a fond farewell to Slate, Obsidian and ONeil as we temporarily close The Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat to the public so that we can complete upgrades that cannot be done while we have animals in our care. The Habitat will be closed starting on Aug. 21.

The manatees will be moving to other rehabilitation facilities to continue their care in advance of their return to the wild.

The work on The Habitat includes buffing the glass windows and applying a new epoxy coating to the floor in the behind-the-scenes care area and is expected to take several weeks. Until it is completed, manatee care staff will give live presentations about manatees in our Discovery Place Classroom and we will be offering guests a $3 discount on admission tickets.

The work is expected to be completed in mid-September.

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature has been rehabilitating manatees since 1998 and was a founding partner of the Manatee Rescue and Rehabilitation Partnership in 2001. This cooperative group includes nonprofit, private, state and federal organizations that study manatees and/or participate in manatee rescue and rehabilitation.

The Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat at The Bishop is a Stage 2 rehabilitation facility — the place where manatees come after their critical health needs have been taken care of. Its main tasks are bringing rehabilitating manatees, rescued as orphans, up to the right size and weight for release or, if the animals were sick or injured, allowing them to finish the healing process. Typically, animals remain at The Bishop anywhere from a few months to more than a year.

The Bishop has housed 38 rehabilitating manatees since 1998.

September Programs @The Bishop
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Lunch & Learn

During Lunch & Learn, you bring a bag lunch and we supply plenty of food for thought! Each program features a talk by our staff or a local expert focusing on things happening in The Bishop or a different aspect of the world.

12:15-1 p.m. on the second Wednesday of most months. $5. Reservations suggested.


Programs & registration links:

Sept. 11: “Where Science Meets Art: Using Science Fiction as a Method of Science Communication,” with Alex Martin, Museum Educator.

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think + drink / science

Our monthly think + drink / science program transforms The Planetarium into a forum of discussion where you can grab a beer, glass of wine or a soft drink and learn about science in a relaxed, informal setting. The day’s expert gives a short presentation then opens the floor for questions and discussion.

7-9 p.m. on the second Wednesday of most months. $5 for eligible members of the Discovery Society; $8 for all others. Paid reservations required.

Sept. 11

“Our Native Longleaf Pine.” As a Forester, Arborist and Wildland Firefighter, Clint Wardlow of Florida Forest Service works with private landowners, communities and cities to provide practical forest management assistance and techniques, as well as urban forest health and planning.

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IQuest is a monthly program for smart, curious middle school students in grades 6 through 8. While each IQuest is different, you can always expect challenging projects and games that inspire out-of-the-box solutions to real world problems.

4-8 p.m. on the second Saturday of most months. Admission is $5. Kids only! Paid reservations required; includes a slice of pizza and a drink.

Sept. 14

“Mythbusting – How Science Fiction Gets Science Wrong – and Right.” Check out some of the most famous science fiction stories, then delve deeper to distinguish myth from fact.

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We unleash the awesome power of The Planetarium during KidSpace, where kids can become scientific masters of the universe! Join us as we take off from the Earth’s surface and fly to places humans have never been: the Sun, planets, other moons in our solar system, newly discovered solar systems in our galaxy and beyond. KidSpace is designed for grades 1-5 and their grown-ups, but everyone is welcome!

10:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays of most months. $5 for eligible members of the Discovery Society; $8 for all others. Please note: Admission to The Bishop is not included with your KidSpace ticket price.


Dates & registration links:

Sept. 14

Sept. 28


The stars are the stars during this live, guided tour of the upcoming month’s skies with a staff astronomer, who will talk about where our stars, planets and constellations are headed in our night skies. We’ll also share the most current events in the world of astronomy and open the floor for an always-fun question and answer session. Stelliferous is great for curious adults and inquisitive kids alike.

7 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of most months. $5 for eligible members of the Discovery Society; $8 for all others. Reservations required.

Sept. 25

As the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast, The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature (formerly the South Florida Museum) offers fun and engaging exhibits and programs that interpret the scientific and cultural knowledge of Florida, the world and our universe. In addition to permanent exhibits, The Bishop features a constantly changing lineup of special exhibitions — offering something new to discover with each visit — and Pathways, a custom, interactive app that offers guests specially curated tours of the Museum.

The Bishop includes an all-digital Planetarium — the only one of its kind on Florida’s Gulf Coast — and the Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat, where we rehabilitate sick or injured manatees for their return to the wild.

Visit for hours, info and admission details or call 941-746-4131.

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday | Noon-5 p.m. Sunday | Closed Mondays, the first Saturday in November, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s days.

Adults, $19 | Seniors (65+), $17 | Students (with ID), $14 | Youths (12-17), $14 | Kids (5-11), $10 | Age 4, free (with paying adult)

Free Admission for eligible Discovery Society Members | Florida Teachers and Active Duty military (with ID)

Thanks to Our Corporate Partners:

Blake Medical Center | BMO Harris Bank | Bradenton Herald | Manatee Herald-Tribune | Mosaic | NetWeave Social Networking | Northern Trust | SRQ Media | WUSF Public Media

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