Marine Science Day

  • 3M: Mud, Microbe, and Molluscs  Iris Anderson, Professor of Marine Science at VIMS, speaks to Marine Science Day visitors inside the 3M: Mud, Microbe, and Molluscs room in Chesapeake Bay Hall.  © C. Katella.
  • Costume Contest  The contestants in the 2018 Marine Science Day costume contest.  © C. Katella.
  • Technology in Marine Science  David Stanhope of CCRM demonstrates a heat-sensitive camera at the biodegradable plastics station.  © C. Katella.
  • Cooking Demonstration  Chef Wade O'Neill, Culinary Arts Faculty at Hampton City Schools, speaks to a packed house at the Seafood Cooking Demonstration.  © C. Katella.
  • Nunnally Ichthyology Collection  Diego Vaz, a graduate student at VIMS, describes the various means samples are prepared of Nunnally Ichthyology Collection specimens.  © C. Katella.
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    Algae Cultivation  Amanda Chesler-Poole, Hatchery Specialist with the ABC program at VIMS, describes the process through which algae is cultivated at the Oyster Hatchery.  © C. Katella.
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    Shoreline Studies  Bruce Pfirrmann, graduate student at VIMS, describes VIMS' shoreline studies work in front of the York River pier.  © C. Katella.
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VIMS' annual open house is a fun-filled event for the whole family. Join us in Gloucester Point for exhibits, children's activities, seining in the York River, lab tours, a seafood cooking demonstration, mini-lectures, and much more. All activities are free, as is parking. The event takes place rain or shine.

Marine Science Day is typically held on the third Saturday in May. Stay tuned for the announcement of the official date for 2020.

Contest Info
Costume Contest

Create a marine-themed costume to participate in our Marine Science Day Costume 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.

Visit our Flickr and YouTube pages to view wonderful costumes created and worn by individuals and groups in past years.

Artwork Contest

Each year VIMS asks the community to help design the logo for Marine Science Day. People of all ages are encouraged to submit artwork that aligns with the year’s theme. Winning artwork is featured on the MSD T-shirt and promotional materials. The art contest is typically announced in February. Stay tuned for more information.

MSD 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 the Chesapeake Bay to manage blue crabs, restore oysters, survey fish populations, unravel biodiversity, and monitor water quality. Also, learn about our international work in Antarctica and the deep sea. These exhibits are located in Watermen's Hall, Chesapeake Bay Hall, and Davis Hall and are open continuously from 10 am - 3 pm.

Open Labs

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 learn about estuarine organisms from the York River.

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 date of the event.