Marine Science Day - June 4, 2022

Marine Science Day

Join us in person and online for Marine Science Day 2022!

Registration will open February 1st, 2022.

Missed Marine Science Day 2021? You can still view all of the recorded sessions.  You can also check out the creative entries we received for the 2021 Marine Life Costume Contest and the beautiful artwork submitted for the Art Contest

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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PAST: Schedule of Events for Marine Science Day 2021

Click here for descriptions of the live sessions listed below. 

10:00-10:10 AM (EDT)       

Welcome to VIMS Marine Science Day

10:15-10:40 AM (EDT)                     

An Intro to Scientific Illustration with Val Kells, Scientific Illustrator

Disease in Striped Bass: Understanding Mycobacteriosis

10:45-11:10 AM (EDT) 

Gyotaku: The Art of Fish Printing

Microplastics and our Environment

11:15-11:40 AM (EDT)                         

All Drains Lead to the Ocean: A Watershed Demonstration

Fish On! VIMS Research Informs Recreational Fisheries

11:45 AM-12:10 PM (EDT)       

Cooking Demonstration: Golden Tilefish Fish Tacos

Marine Life Drawing Lesson for Beginners

12:15-12:40 PM (EDT)                       

Careers in Marine Science

The Science of Offshore Wind

12:45-1:10 PM (EDT)                        

Beach Seining Adventure

Ocean Acidification and Oysters

1:15-1:40 PM (EDT)                          

Inside William & Mary's School of Marine Science at VIMS

Ghost Forests

1:45-2:10 PM (EDT)                           

Tour of the R/V Virginia

Coastal Resilience: Forecasting Tidal Flooding and Storm Surge    

2:15-2:40 PM (EDT)                          

Coastal Resilience: Helping Communities Adapt to Rising Waters

Innovative Solutions for Pollutant Detection 

 2:40-3:00 PM (EDT)                         

 Art and Costume Contest Awards Ceremony

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 your pet! 

This contest is open to all ages, and individual, family/group, and pet costumes are welcome!

Awards are given for:

  1. Most Original Plant or Animal
  2. Most Creative Use of Materials
  3. Best Family Costume
  4. Best Representation of a Plant or Animal
  5. Best Pet Costume
  6. Grand Prize

Stay tuned for more information about the 2022 Marine Life Costume Contest. 

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. 

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. 

Stay tuned for more information about the 2022 Art Contest. 

Marine Science Day 2021 was made possible by the generous support of:

Dominion Energy

      1st Advantage Federal Credit Union


      The Owens Foundation logo


     Marine Sonic Technology