CBNERR Public Programs

Community outreach is a priority for the CBNERR Education Department. Reserve staff provide environmental programs at Estuaries Day and Marine Science Day, as well as offering a Discovery Lab series open to the public on various marine science topics.

Discovery Labs

The Discovery Lab series provides fun, family-friendly experiences and lifelong learning. Each lab focuses on a specific topic through a series of stations that provide hands-on activities for kids and adults. Participants look through microscopes, observe live animals, partake in crafts and games, and view research posters. Both VIMS faculty and students participate as speakers, sharing their research with the general public in an intimate setting. 

Currently, on-campus programs are restricted for the month of January, but we hope to start back in-person Discovery Labs in February. 

Upcoming 2022 Dates and Topics
  • January 18: Hurricanes (virtual) - Register here
  • February 15: Pole to Pole (in-person) - Register here
  • March 22: The Slimy Life of Eels (location TBD) 
  • April 19: Shells (location TBD)
  • May 17: Nitrogren, Carbon, and Marshes, Oh My! (location TBD) 

Registration is required for all labs.  

Time and Place
  • Discovery Labs typically take place on the third or fourth Tuesday of each month.
  • The labs run from 6-7:30pm, starting with a speaker, and followed by a demonstration by CBNERR educators. 
  • Virtual labs will take place on Zoom. The link for Zoom will be sent to participants that register.
  • In-person labs will take place on the VIMS campus in Gloucester Point, at the Catlett-Burress Education Lab.

Discovery Labs are appropriate for all ages.


Discovery Labs are free. 


Contact Sarah McGuire Nuss, 804-684-7878 for more information.