Summer Public Tours

Get a behind-the-scenes look at VIMS

  • York River
    York River  Volunteer Louis Schiavo describes the points of interest along the York River shoreline at VIMS.  © C. Katella.
  • Zooplankton Ecology Lab
    Zooplankton Ecology Lab  VIMS graduate student Jack Conroy shares a sample from the Zooplankton Ecology Lab.  © C. Katella.
  • Oyster Hatchery
    Oyster Hatchery  Hatchery Specialist Lauren Gregg describes the activities of the Aquaculture Genetics & Breeding Technology Center at VIMS.  © C. Katella.
  • Teaching Marsh
    Teaching Marsh  Volunteer Bill Blair discusses the diverse plant and animal life which make the CCRM Teaching Marsh its home.  © C. Katella.
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Reserve space on our public tours to learn more about VIMS. These 1.5 hour guided walking tours are most interesting for adults and older children (9 and up welcome). All include a guided tour of VIMS’ Visitor Center, a visit to a laboratory, and the Nunnally Ichthyology Collection, Oyster Hatchery, or Teaching Marsh. No Charge. All tours are 10:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Space is limited and reservations must be made at least two days in advance. Choose the tour/date of your choice and register below.  Need assistance? Call 804-684-7061.

2018 Tour Schedule

Tuesday, July 17 – Learn about local seagrasses and the animals they harbor; get an up-close view of live animals in VIMS' Visitors Center; and tour the Nunnally Ichthyology Collection (preserved fisheries collection) with over 300,000 specimens. Register now!

Friday, July 20 – Learn about plastic alternatives and marine debris, and see how drones are used to map wetlands; get an up-close view of live animals in VIMS' Visitors Center; and tour our one-acre Teaching Marsh to learn about the benefits of wetland plants and animals. Register now!

Tuesday, July 24 – See how scientists use CSI techniques to understand clam and oyster diseases in the Shellfish Pathology Lab; watch live animals in VIMS’ Visitors Center; and tour the Oyster Hatchery to learn about the breeding and feeding of oyster brood stock. Register now!

Friday, July 27– See the Seawater Research Lab, including bio-hazard rooms, pumping 900 gallons of seawater per minute; see live animals in VIMS’ Visitors Center; and tour the Nunnally Ichthyology Collection (preserved fisheries collection) with over 300,000 specimens. Register now!

Thursday, August 2 – Learn about pollutants in our food and household, and see the equipment used to detect toxins; get an up-close view of live animals in VIMS' Visitors Center; tour our one-acre Teaching Marsh to learn about the benefits of wetland plants and animals. Register now!

Friday, August 3 – See how scientists use CSI techniques to understand clam and oyster diseases in the Shellfish Pathology Lab; watch live animals in VIMS’ Visitors Center; and tour the Oyster Hatchery to learn about the breeding and feeding of oyster brood stock. Register now!

Friday, August 17 – Learn how diseases affect commercial species in the Bay and how to manage affected populations; get an up-close view of live animals in VIMS' Visitors Center; and tour our one-acre Teaching Marsh to learn about the benefits of wetland plants and animals. Register now!

Friday, August 24 – See how scientists use CSI techniques to understand clam and oyster diseases in the Shellfish Pathology Lab; watch live animals in VIMS’ Visitors Center; and tour the Oyster Hatchery to learn about the breeding and feeding of oyster brood stock. Register now!

Friday, August 31 – See the Seawater Research Lab, including bio-hazard rooms, pumping 900 gallons of seawater per minute; see live animals in VIMS’ Visitors Center; and tour our one-acre Teaching Marsh to learn about the benefits of wetland plants and animals. Register now!

Friday, September 7– Learn about plastic alternatives and marine debris, and see how drones are used to map wetlands; get an up-close view of live animals in VIMS' Visitors Center; and tour our one-acre Teaching Marsh to learn about the benefits of wetland plants and animals. Register now!

Friday, September 21 – See how scientists use CSI techniques to understand clam and oyster diseases in the Shellfish Pathology Lab; watch live animals in VIMS’ Visitors Center; and tour the Oyster Hatchery to learn about the breeding and feeding of oyster brood stock. Register now!

Friday, September 28 – Learn about household pollutants, and see the equipment used to detect toxins; get an up-close view of live animals in VIMS' Visitors Center; and tour the Nunnally Ichthyology Collection (preserved fisheries collection) with over 300,000 specimens. Register now!

Friday, October 12 – See how scientists use CSI techniques to understand clam and oyster diseases in the Shellfish Pathology Lab; watch live animals in VIMS’ Visitors Center; and tour the Oyster Hatchery to learn about the breeding and feeding of oyster brood stock. Register now!