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 will be held on May 30, 2020 from 10:00am-3:00pm.
Registration is not required, but pre-registering online will give you access to the "fast lane" at the check-in booth. The first 100 people to register online will receive a free, reusable VIMS shopping bag when they check-in on May 30th.
Each year VIMS asks the community to help design the logo for Marine Science Day. People of all ages are encouraged to submit artwork. Winning artwork is featured on the Marine Science Day t-shirt and promotional materials, and should depict the ways that VIMS scientists study the marine environment.
Deadline has been extended! The new deadline for art entries is Monday, March 23rd at 4:00 PM. Please note: VIMS is currently closed to the public and art entries may not be dropped off in person.You can mail entries or scan and email them (addresses provided on entry form). You can also take a picture of artwork and entry forms and email them to us. We can judge artwork from pictures and will ask for originals later if required.
Create a marine-themed costume to participate in our Marine Science Day Costume Contest. All ages are welcome to 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 Grand Prize winner will receive store merchandise valued at $50 from the VIMS Gift Shop.
Register here for the contest. If you are registering as part of a group, one member of the group should complete the online registration form and add all group members (up to 20) as "additional participants" on their registration. There is no deadline to register. Registration for the contest will be accepted until the day of. A registration form is available here to print and distribute.
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.
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.