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.
Marine Science Day 2014 will take place on Saturday, May 17th, with the theme of bioluminescence.
Create a marine-themed costume to participate in our Marine Science Day contest. Everyone, every age, can participate by creating original costumes of marine plants or animals. Individuals and groups are welcome. Ribbons are awarded for most original plant or animal; most creative use of materials; best group costume; and best representation of a plant or animal. The overall winner will earn a $50 gift certificate to VIMS' gift shop.
View wonderful creatures created and worn by individuals and groups from all around Tidewater during past years.
Wacky Science Photo Booth
Visit the VIMS Flickr page to see your image from the 2013 Wacky Science Photo Booth. Click the image to enlarge, then right click for download options. Don't see your image? [[susan,Contact us via e-mail]].
VIMS in the Bay and Around the World
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, monitor water quality, find and remove "ghost" crab pots, reduce the accidental capture of diamondback terrapins, and decipher the Bay's environmental history through sediment cores. Also learn about our international work in Antarctica and the deep sea. These exhibits are located in Watermen's Hall and Chesapeake Bay Hall and are open continuously from 10 am - 3 pm.
Tour working laboratories to learn about the latest tools and techniques of marine research. Scientists lead the tours and will explain their current research.
Activities & Tours
Learn and have fun with oyster-based crafts and other activities 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. Be a "Scientist for a Second" in our photo booth.
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 pair of 10-minute mini-lectures, seafood cooking demonstrations, and more. See your program for details.
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 Welcome Booth. Hot sandwiches, snacks, and drinks will be available near the Children's Pavilion.