Community outreach is a priority for the CBNERR Education department. Reserve staff provide environmental programs at Estuaries Day, Marine Science Day, Dragon Run Day, as well as offering a Discovery Lab series open to the public on various marine science topics.
The monthly Discovery Lab series provides fun, family-friendly experiences and lifelong learning. Each lab focuses on a specific topic through a series of stations that provide hands-on activities for kids and adults. Participants look through microscopes, observe live animals, partake in crafts and games, and view research posters. Both VIMS faculty and students participate as speakers, sharing their research with the general public in an intimate setting.
Registration is required. Registration forms are available for the current month's lab only. See flyer for more information and a short description of each upcoming lab.
January 21 - Rays
February 18 - Deep Sea
April 15 - Antarctica
June 10 - Horseshoe Crabs
July 15 - Turtles: Registration is closed for this event. If you would like to be placed on a waitlist, please click here and you will be notified if there is an opening.
August 19 - Scallops: Register Now!
October 21 - Mad Lab
Time and Place
- Discovery Labs typically take place on the third or fourth Tuesday of each month.
- The labs run from 6-8 pm with a speaker at 6:30 pm.
- The labs take place in the Catlett-Burress Research and Education Teaching lab (Building #132 on VIMS campus map).
- Driving directions (pdf).
Discovery Labs are appropriate for all ages.
Discovery Labs are free.
Contact Sarah McGuire Nuss, 804-684-7878 for more information.