Please note: The manatee habitat is empty as we undergo renovations.

We expect to re-open the habitat and begin caring for manatees again later this Spring.

Museum opening hours: 10am to 4pm Wednesday through Saturday with entry times at 10-11am, 11am-noon, noon-1pm, 1-2pm, 2-3pm (Last entry at 3pm) | Noon to 5pm on Sunday with entry times at noon-1pm, 1-2pm, 2-3pm and 3-4pm (Last entry at 4pm) | Closed on Monday and Tuesday

201 10th St. W

Bradenton, FL 34205

think + drink / science: The Apalachicola River

think + drink / science: The Apalachicola River

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Date(s) - 05/13/2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Our monthly think + drink / science program usually 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.

We’ve moved our next program — Impacts, Recovery, and Ongoing Stressors in the Apalachicola River, Florida with Dr. Joann Mossa, University of Florida — online to our Zoom room.

Dr. Mossa will join us on Zoom at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 13.

The event will include opportunities for Q&A about the Apalachicola River, which has experienced impacts associated with dredging for navigation and droughts exacerbated by upstream water consumption. Dr. Mossa will review these impacts and discuss how the river is recovering following the end of dredging, facilitated by its conservation corridor.

Please RSVP to with the following information:
  • Your first and last name
  • The email address you’d like us to use for confirmation
  • How many people will be participating
  • We’ll send you a confirmation and details on how to join.
  • There is no cost for the program, but if you enjoy our programs and would like to help the Museum continue to create and present them, please make a donation now.

New to Zoom? No problem! Here are a few tips:

Working with Zoom is easy. Visit just before the program is set to begin.

Then, type in the meeting ID and password that we will send you and you’ll be placed in a virtual waiting room. Once we see you there, we’ll admit you to the meeting and try to help you out to make sure you can see and hear.

A couple of things to remember if you’re new to Zoom:

  • If you don’t have Zoom, it will prompt you to download some software. The free version is fine. It may also take a few minutes so please keep that in mind and give yourself enough time for the download.
  • To keep things smooth for our speaker and moderators, we’ll control some of the video and audio during the presentation. (You’ll still have control over what you personally hear and see.) If you’ve got a question, feel free to use the chat option that is available.
  • You can also “raise your hand” to ask for help or ask a question by using Alt+Y or clicking the “raise hand option.”
  • We’ll do Q&A in sections partway through and at the end to keep things smooth for our speaker and everyone participating at home.
  • You can use your computer, a phone or a tablet to view the presentation.  Keep in mind that available features differ depending on the technology you’re using.
  • For more information about Zoom, you can check out how it works at