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  • Touch Tank
    Touch Tank  Aquarist Cory Staryk pulls a horseshoe crab from the Visitors' Center touch tank during Marine Science Day 2004.  
  • Research Displays
    Research Displays  Graduate student Bill Metcalfe explains the lifestyles of the wet and muddy to a group of visitors during Marine Science Day 2003.  
  • Hands-On Activities
    Hands-On Activities  Dr. Linda Schaffner explains the Chesapeake Bay food web during Marine Science Day 2004.  
  • Aquarium Displays
    Aquarium Displays  Graduate student Bill Metcalfe shines light on a seahorse for a young visitor during Marine Science Day 2005.  
  • GPS Treasure Hunt
    GPS Treasure Hunt  Karinna Nunez instructs GPS treasure hunters during Marine Science Day 2003.  
  • Lab Tours
    Lab Tours  Two young visitors tour the VIMS Zooplankton Ecology Lab during Marine Science Day 2005.  
  • Children's Pavillion
    Children's Pavillion  Youngsters make paper-bag penguins in the Children's Pavillion during Marine Science Day 2008.  
  • Hands-On Activities
    Hands-On Activities  A youngster engineers a marine buoy during Marine Science Day 2008.  
  • Scientist for a Second
    Scientist for a Second  You never know where you might end up when you enter our "Scientist for a Second" green-screen photo booth during Marine Science Day.  
  • Scientist for a Second
    Scientist for a Second  You never know where you might end up when you enter our "Scientist for a Second" green-screen photo booth during Marine Science Day.  
  • Scientist for a Second
    Scientist for a Second  You never know where you might end up when you enter our "Scientist for a Second" green-screen photo booth during Marine Science Day.  
  • York River Seining
    York River Seining  Graduate student Joel Hoffman helps a young visitor pull a seine net through the waters of the York River during Marine Science Day 2006.  
  • York River Seining
    York River Seining  Stephanie Breeden releases animals collected from the York River while young onlookers cheer them on during Marine Science Day 2006.  
  • Paper Parade of Marine Life
    Paper Parade of Marine Life  Participants in the "Paper Parade of Marine Life" stroll through VIMS campus during Marine Science Day 2006.  
  • Paper Parade of Marine Life
    Paper Parade of Marine Life  Participants in the "Paper Parade of Marine Life" (L to R: a blue crab, jellyfish, and horseshoe crab) stroll through the VIMS campus during Marine Science Day 2006.  
  • Paper Parade of Marine Life
    Paper Parade of Marine Life  Students from Yorktown Elementary took part in the Paper Parade of Marine Life during Marine Science Day 2008.  
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Marine Science Day 2009


Saturday, May 30, 10 am-3 pm

VIMS' annual open house is a fun-filled event for the whole family. Join us in Gloucester Point for exhibits, children's activities, seining on the York River, lab tours, seafood cooking demonstrations, mini-lectures, and much more. All activities are free, as is parking. The event proceeds rain or shine. Watch the video!

VIMS Near and Far

Ocean research takes VIMS scientists from Poquoson to the Poles. Learn about efforts by VIMS researchers in Chesapeake Bay to manage blue crabs, restore oysters, survey fish populations, unravel biodiversity, and monitor water quality. Also learn about our international work. These exhibits are located in Watermen's Hall and Chesapeake Bay Hall and are open continuously from 10 am - 3 pm.

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Open Labs

Tour working laboratories to learn about the latest tools and techniques of marine research. Scientists lead the tours and will explain their current research.

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Activities & Tours

Learn and have fun with marine crafts and printing in our Children's Pavilion. Tour our Teaching Marsh, Shellfish Hatchery, and Maritime Forest. Collect, observe, and better understand estuarine organisms from the York River, and sample creatures from the mud from VIMS' research vessel Pelican. Be a "Scientist for a Second" in our green-screen photo booth.

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By the Clock

In addition to our day-long activities, we offer a series of events that begin at specific times. These events include a series of 10-minute mini-lectures, seafood cooking demonstrations , and more.

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Food and Gifts

Marine Science Day T-shirts and other clothing and memorabilia will be for sale in the VIMS Gift Shop. T-shirts will also be available in the Children's Pavilion. Hot sandwiches, snacks, and drinks will be available near the Children's Pavilion and Welcome Booth.

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Paper Parade of Marine Life

Join us along Greate Road and in the Watermen's Hall Circle as children and adults march in our 4th annual Paper Parade. View wonderful paper creatures created and worn by individuals and groups from all around Tidewater.

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