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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Summer Public Tours

Get a behind-the-scenes look at VIMS

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. All include a guided tour of VIMS’ Visitor Center, a visit to a laboratory, and the Preserved Fisheries Collection 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.

Friday, June 12 - Learn how the runoff and discharge from water treatment plants affects our water as we visit a scientist conducting research from Chesapeake Bay to Antarctica (Nutrient Biogeochemistry Lab); see live animals in VIMS’ Visitor Center and hear about related research; and tour our preserved Fisheries Collection with over 128,000 specimens from Appalachian mountain streams, Chesapeake Bay, and around the world. Register Now.

Friday, June 19 - Visit a lab that studies animals – some microscopic, some as large as cars – that drift around our rivers and oceans (Zooplankton Ecology); see live animals in VIMS’ Visitor Center and hear about related research; and tour our preserved Fisheries Collection with over 128,000 specimens from Appalachian mountain streams, Chesapeake Bay, and around the world. Register Now.

Friday, June 26 – Speak with a scientist about the animals that squish between your toes on the beach while visiting the Benthic Biodiversity Lab; see live animals in VIMS’ Visitor Center and hear about related research; and tour our one-acre Teaching Marsh to learn about the benefits of wetland plants and animals.  Register Now.

Thursday, July 9 – See how scientists use CSI techniques to understand clam and oyster diseases in the Shellfish Pathology Lab; watch live animals in VIMS’ Visitor Center and hear about related research; and tour our one-acre Teaching Marsh to learn about the benefits of wetland plants and animals. Register Now.

Friday, July 10 – See the equipment and lab tools used as a scientist explains how sand, silt, and rocks move around our rivers and oceans (Coastal Hydrodynamics and Sediment Dynamics Lab);  watch live animals in VIMS’ Visitor Center and hear about related research; and tour our one-acre Teaching Marsh to learn about the benefits of wetland plants and animals. Register Now.

Tuesday, July 14 – Learn how the runoff and discharge from water treatment plants affects our water as we visit a scientist conducting research from Chesapeake Bay to Antarctica (Nutrient Biogeochemistry Lab); see live animals in VIMS’ Visitor Center and hear about related research; and tour our preserved Fisheries Collection with over 128,000 specimens from Appalachian mountain streams, Chesapeake Bay, and around the world. Register Now.

Friday, July 17 - See how scientists use CSI techniques to understand clam and oyster diseases in the Shellfish Pathology Lab; watch live animals in VIMS’ Visitor Center and hear about related research; and tour our one-acre Teaching Marsh to learn about the benefits of wetland plants and animals. Register Now.

Wednesday, July 22 -Speak with a scientist to learn about pollutants in our food and household furnishings, and see the equipment used to detect these toxins; get an up-close view of live animals in VIMS’ Visitor Center and hear about related research; and tour our preserved Fisheries Collection with over 128,000 specimens from Appalachian mountain streams, Chesapeake Bay, and around the world. Register Now.

Friday, July 24 - Speak with a scientist to learn about pollutants in our food and household furnishings, and see the equipment used to detect these toxins; get an up-close view of live animals in VIMS’ Visitor Center and hear about related research; and tour our preserved Fisheries Collection with over 128,000 specimens from Appalachian mountain streams, Chesapeake Bay, and around the world. Register Now.

Friday, August 7- A demonstration of VIMS program mapping the Chesapeake Bay shoreline use and sea level data will help you understand information available for management and individual use. You’ll also see live animals in VIMS’ Visitor Center and hear about related research, and tour our preserved Fisheries Collection with over 128,000 specimens from Appalachian mountain streams, Chesapeake Bay, and around the world. Register Now.

Friday, August 14 – Get an up-close look at invertebrates from Chesapeake Bay and around the world as a scientists shares our Preserved Invertebrate Collection; see live animals in VIMS’ Visitor Center and hear about related research; and tour our one-acre Teaching Marsh to learn about the benefits of wetland plants and animals. Register Now.

Friday, August 28 - Visit a lab that studies animals – some microscopic, some as large as cars – that drift around our rivers and oceans (Zooplankton Ecology); see live animals in VIMS’ Visitor Center and hear about related research; and tour our preserved Fisheries Collection with over 128,000 specimens from Appalachian mountain streams, Chesapeake Bay, and around the world. Register Now.

Friday, September 11 - See the equipment and lab tools used as a scientist explains how sand, silt, and rocks move around our rivers and oceans; watch live animals in VIMS’ Visitor Center and hear about related research; and tour our one-acre Teaching Marsh to learn about the benefits of wetland plants and animals. Register Now.

Friday, September 18 - Learn how the runoff and discharge from water treatment plants affects our water as we visit a scientist conducting research from Chesapeake Bay to Antarctica (Nutrient Biogeochemistry Lab); see live animals in VIMS’ Visitor Center and hear about related research; and tour our preserved Fisheries Collection with over 128,000 specimens from Appalachian mountain streams, Chesapeake Bay, and around the world. Register Now.