Marine Science Day - June 4, 2022

Marine Science Day

Join us in person and online Saturday, June 4th for Marine Science Day 2022!

Click here to register now!

This free, family-friendly, event has something for everyone, including activities and demonstrations for kids, science talks, seafood cooking demonstrations, lab tours, exhibits, and lots of opportunities to interact with our scientists! With events and activities taking place on our campus in Gloucester Point, VA and online, you can join us from anywhere!  

As one of the largest marine research and education centers in the United States, and a global leader in coastal and estuarine science, VIMS focuses on the challenges faced by coastal communities around the world. During Marine Science Day, you'll learn how our scientists are searching for answers to questions of global concern, such as ocean acidification and plastic pollution, and solving real-world problems with innovative solutions.

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Coming soon: Schedule of Events for Marine Science Day 2022!


Our schedule for 2022 is still being finalized! Check back soon for more info!


Marine Life Costume Contest

Each year VIMS invites the community to show off their love of the marine environment through a costume contest. Ignite your creativity by creating a costume of a marine plant or animal for yourself, your family, or with your friends! Please note: this is an in person contest. Virtual prizes will not be awarded this year.

This contest is open to all ages, and individuals, families, and groups!

Click here for a printable contest registration form.

Or click here to register for the costume contest online!


  • Most Original Plant or Animal
  • Most Creative Use of Materials
  • Best Family Costume
  • Best Representation of a Plant or Animal
  • Grand Prize
Marine Science Day Art Contest

Join us as we explore the beauty of the marine environment through art. The Marine Science Day Art Contest is open to amateur artists of all ages and from every area of the globe. Art for this contest is limited to two-dimensional (paintings, drawings, etc.; please, no photographs). All artwork must be original. The theme of the art contest is marshes.

The deadline for submissions has closed. Please join us on Marine Science Day to see the winners!

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place is awarded in each of the following categories:

  • Pre-K: Ages 3-5
  • Youth: Ages 6-12
  • Teen: Ages 13-17
  • Adult: Ages 18+

Grand Prize: One 1st place winner from the categories above will be selected as the Grand Prize winner. 

Marine Science Day is made possible by the generous support of:


      1st Advantage Federal Credit Union


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