Get a behind-the-scenes look at VIMS!

  • York River   Volunteer Louis Schiavo describes the points of interest along the York River shoreline at VIMS.   © C. Katella.
  • Zooplankton Ecology Lab   VIMS graduate student Jack Conroy shares a sample from the Zooplankton Ecology Lab.   © C. Katella.
  • Oyster Hatchery   Hatchery Specialist Lauren Gregg describes the activities of the Aquaculture Genetics & Breeding Technology Center at VIMS.   © C. Katella.
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    Teaching Marsh   Volunteer Bill Blair discusses the diverse plant and animal life which make the CCRM Teaching Marsh its home.   © C. Katella.
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Reserve space on our public tours to learn more about VIMS and the ongoing research activities around campus. These 2-hour, guided walking tours are designed for adults with older children (9 and up welcome).

  • All tours include a guided tour of VIMS’ Visitor Center and a visit to two research laboratories.
  • Tours take place from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM and are free.
  • Each date offers visits to different laboratories—so you’re welcome to join us for more than one tour! Check the details on each page for more info.
  • Please make sure you have proper footwear for the walking tour.
  • If accommodation is needed, please e-mail after you have registered for a tour.
  • Space is limited in labs and reservations must be made at least two days in advance. Walk ups will not be permitted to join. VIMS tours are not suitable for younger children.

For tour dates and information and to register for a tour, visit our events calendar.


Looking for youth specialized programs? Please visit our partners at CBNERR!

 Looking for youth curriculum for your SOPs? Check out BRIDGE!


Tours of the VIMS campus are made possible by the generous support of:


1st Advantage Federal Credit Union




Chesapeake Bank
Whitley's Peanuts
Southern Trade Realty