Marine Science Day
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 2013 took place on Saturday, May 18th. Thanks to everyone for making it such a great day, and we'll see you next year for MSD 2014.
Wacky Science Photo Booth
Visit the VIMS Flickr page to see your image from the 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]].
Parade of Marine Life
Create a marine-themed costume and join in VIMS' Parade of Marine Life on Saturday, May 18th at 11AM. Everyone, every age, can participate in parading original costumes of marine plants or animals. Individuals and groups are welcome. The short route is stress-free and tons of fun. Ribbons are awarded for most original plant or animal; most creative use of materials; best group costume; best representation of a plant or animal; and best of parade. Best of Parade winner will win a $50 gift certificate to VIMS' gift shop.
Registration deadline is April 26th. Register for the 2013 Parade here.
View wonderful creatures created and worn by individuals and groups from all around Tidewater during past parades.
MSD 2013 Offerings
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.