This is the school’s annual open house, and the 2013 edition will be the 11th year for the popular event.
Offered free and held rain or shine, spokesperson Susan Maples-Luellen said the goal of Marine Science Day is to give the public a behind-the-scenes look at how VIMS research in Chesapeake Bay and around the world helps protect and restore marine ecosystems.
Visitors will be able to tour the school’s Teaching Marsh and Shellfish Hatchery, and talk with scientists at display booths to learn about the subterranean estuary, seagrass creatures, and equipment used on the VIMS research vessels.
VIMS honors a different animal each year, and this year the oyster was selected. Young visitors will enjoy several activities related to oysters, Maples-Luellen said, including "Mollusk Tic-Tac-Toe" and "Oyster Reef Hide & Seek."