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, a seafood cooking demonstration, mini-lectures, and much more. All activities are free, as is parking. The event proceeds rain or shine.
Marine Science Day 2017 will take place on Saturday, May 20th. Register here.
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. Register here.
View wonderful creatures created and worn by individuals and groups from all around Tidewater during past years.
Design the artwork for Marine Science Day 2017 at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science! This year's theme is Technology in Marine Science and artwork should include technology that scientists use in the water, on research vessels, or in the laboratory. (Examples: underwater gliders, drones, underwater sensors, buoys, etc.)
Entry deadline is Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 4PM. View the contest info and entry form here.
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.
Wacky Science Photo Booth
Images from the 2016 Wacky Science Photo Booth are now available to view on the VIMS Flickr page!
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, and find and remove "ghost" crab pots. 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 crafts and other activities in our Children's Pavilion. Tour our Teaching Marsh, Shellfish Hatchery, and Riparian Forest. Collect, observe, and better understand estuarine organisms from the York River. Make sure to stop by our Wacky Science 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 10-minute Fast Talks, a seafood cooking demonstration, and more. The Program of Events will be available online closer to the event date.