Virginia Institute of Marine Science

CBNERR Public Programs

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.

Discovery Labs

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. 

2015 Topics

Registration is required.  Registration forms are available for the current month's lab only. 

January 20—Gliders

February 24—Blue Crabs

March 17—Birds 

April 21—Climate Change

June 16—Shipwrecks 

July 14—Marine Debris

September 15—Echinoderms

October 20—Mad Lab - FULL!  Register for the waiting list!

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.

Past Discovery Lab and After Hours Presentations