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South Florida Museum Presents EcoNow!


The South Florida Museum is pleased to present EcoNow! – a full slate of museum programming focused on the environment, ecological systems, and the natural world. EcoNow! encourages patrons to “Rediscover Your World through science, cinema, and exploration”. The museum will bring together experts, films, resources and exhibits to explore these topics in a thought-provoking, engaging manner.

The programming lineup for EcoNow! includes the next 5 months of Science Cafés, the Summer ’10 film series: Life on Earth, Snooty’s 62nd Birthday and Wildlife Awareness Festival on July 17th, Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats – a special, temporary exhibit on display until September, and the September Family Night at the Museum: Gone Batty.

Program Schedule:

Science Cafes- Join the Bishop Planetarium at 7pm on the 2nd Wednesday of each month as they bring local scientists and the science-curious together for fun, enlightening conversations about topics you don't get to discuss every day. Snacks and drinks available for purchase. FREE EVENT, RSVPs appreciated.

Schedule of Cafes:July 14th-Save Our SeabirdsAugust 11th- Why do we disagree about climate change?September 8th- Exploring the Future of Energy, Part 1October 13th-Exploring the Future of Energy, Part 2November 10th- Exploring the Future of Energy, Part 3

Life on Earth- The Summer 2010 film, series features breathtaking documentaries focused on our planet's varied inhabitants. Thursdays, July 8th-August 26th. Screenings begin at 7pmGeneral Admission- $9Students/Seniors (65+)- $7Museum Members- $5

Schedule of Films: July 8th- EarthJuly 15th- The UnforeseenJuly 22nd- Winged MigrationJuly 29th- For All MankindAugust 5th- Deep BlueAugust 12th- Aliens of the Deep & Sacred PlanetAugust 19th- Microcosmos

Family Events:

Bats Exhibit- May 22nd through September 12th, 2010. Blind, blood-sucking creatures that get tangled in your hair. Who wants to see an exhibit on BATS?! Visitors of Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats soon find these beliefs to be myths. The exhibit explains that bats are actually gentle, beneficial little animals.

Snooty's 62nd Birthday Bash- July 17th (10am-2pm) Celebrate Snooty and wildlife awareness. Featuring children's games, art activities, Snooty's birthday card contest, plus much more! Admission to the birthday party in the Plaza is FREE. Reduced admission prices to the Museum and food and drinks available for purchase.

Gone Batty! Family Night- September 4th. Welcome Mindy Simmons for some fun new songs about bats and other friendly creatures. Explore the BAT exhibit and enjoy themed crafts and activities in the planetarium lobby. You may just get to meet a live bat--don't be scared, they're nice!

Additionally, the museum offers a wide range of resources in our permanent exhibits and daily programs which allow visitors to explore the ecological systems of Florida. The South Florida Museum is the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s west coast and is one of the oldest operating museums in the State of Florida.

Located in downtown Bradenton at 201 10th Street West, the South Florida Museum includes the Bishop Planetarium and the Parker Manatee Aquarium. For more information call 941-746-4131 x11 or visit the museum’s web site at www.southfloridamuseum.org.