VIMS to hold Marine Science Day Saturday

by Bill Nachman - Posted on May 15, 2013 - 03:09 PM

Photo: The Virginia Institute of Marine Science will hold its annual Marine Science Day, an open house for the public, on Saturday at the school’s Gloucester Point campus. This year’s featured animal is the oyster; outreach educator Kattie McMillan displays an oyster costume another VIMS member will wear during the Parade of Marine Life. Photo by Bill Nachman

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science will hold its annual Marine Science Day, an open house for the public, on Saturday at the school’s Gloucester Point campus. This year’s featured animal is the oyster; outreach educator Kattie McMillan displays an oyster costume another VIMS member will wear during the Parade of Marine Life. Photo by Bill Nachman

Marine Science Day will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point.

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."