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For more information or to register for any of these events, please call the Education Office at 772.465.3271 or send an email to SMSEducation@si.edu.

Upcoming Events

Research Station Guided Tour
Thursday, September 15
Nancy KnowltonCome hear about current research from the scientists themselves! This approximately one hour tour provides an introduction to the Smithsonian's work in Florida, a tour of our state-of-the-art facilities, and opportunities to speak with our marine scientists. Advance registration is required as space is limited. To register online, click here.
[2:00pm-3:00pm | Marine Station | Free | Adult]

Saturday Seining in the Seagrasses
Saturday, September 24
Nancy KnowltonGet your feet wet and discover the interesting inhabitants of seagrass beds right outside the Aquarium in the Indian River Lagoon! Enjoy a brief presentation about seagrasses before heading out to the water to collect animals. All participants must wear clothes that can get wet and water shoes with heel straps. Space is limited, advance registration and payment are required. Program discount available for Aquarium members.
[9:00am-10:30am | Aquarium | $6/Adult, $5/Child | Ages 6+]

Research Station Guided Tour
Thursday, October 20
Nancy KnowltonCome hear about current research from the scientists themselves! This approximately one hour tour provides an introduction to the Smithsonian's work in Florida, a tour of our state-of-the-art facilities, and opportunities to speak with our marine scientists. Advance registration is required as space is limited. To register online, click here.
[2:00pm-3:00pm | Marine Station | Free | Adult]

Indian River Lagoon Science Festival
Saturday, October 22
Nancy KnowltonDiscover the amazing world around you and celebrate science on the Treasure Coast at the third annual IRL Science Festival! Join the Smithsonian and over 50 other science, technology,engineering and math organizations for hands-on, minds-on activities and demonstrations. The Festival will also feature explosive science shows, live animal presentations and food trucks from local vendors - find it all at the Riverwalk at Veterans Memorial Park on the waterfront in Fort Pierce! For more information, visit IRLsciencefest.org
[10:00am-3:00pm | Downtown Fort Pierce | Free | All ages]

Haunted History and Freaky Fishes
Friday, October 28
Nancy KnowltonThe St. Lucie County Aquarium and Regional History Center invite families to visit after-hours for a spook-tacular Halloween event! Families can explore the Aquarium in the dark using special flashlights, then trick-or-treat through Museum Pointe Park to the History Center where a treasure hunt awaits. Tickets for the event are available at the Aquarium. No advance registration is required. Program discount available for Aquarium members.
[6:00pm-8:00pm | Aquarium & History Center | $7/Adult, $5/Senior, $4/Child | All ages]

Research Station Guided Tour
Thursday, November 17
Nancy KnowltonCome hear about current research from the scientists themselves! This approximately one hour tour provides an introduction to the Smithsonian's work in Florida, a tour of our state-of-the-art facilities, and opportunities to speak with our marine scientists. Advance registration is required as space is limited. To register online, click here.
[2:00pm-3:00pm | Marine Station | Free | Adult]

Saturday Seining in the Seagrasses
Saturday, November 26
Nancy KnowltonGet your feet wet and discover the interesting inhabitants of seagrass beds right outside the Aquarium in the Indian River Lagoon! Enjoy a brief presentation about seagrasses before heading out to the water to collect animals. All participants must wear clothes that can get wet and water shoes with heel straps. Space is limited, advance registration and payment are required. Program discount available for Aquarium members.
[9:00am-10:30am | Aquarium | $6/Adult, $5/Child | Ages 6+]

Ongoing Aquarium Events and Tours

 

FREE DAY | First Tuesday of each Monthpostdoc in molecular labEnjoy free admission to the Exhibit on the first Tuesday of each month! Explore our model ecosystems and enjoy our Feeding Frenzy and Snack Time Tours (see additional tour information below). While we welcome groups on the first Tuesday, we are unable to schedule staff-facilitated education programs on this day. If your group wishes to visit on a free day, we appreciate advance notice.

Feeding Frenzy Tour | Tuesday - Saturdaypostdoc in molecular labJoin us Tuesday through Saturday at 10:30am as our underwater residents enjoy their morning meal! Learn about the Aquarium's daily menu and what makes our constantly changing ecosystems so unique.
[10:30am | FREE with paid admission | All ages]

Snack Time Tour | Tuesday - Sundaypostdoc in molecular labJoin us every Tuesday through Sunday at 2:30pm as the critters in a select number of our aquaria get a special afternoon snack.  Learn about animals targeted for feeding and the dynamic Model Ecosystems they call home!
[2:30pm | FREE with paid admission | All ages]

Behind-the-Scenes Tour | Saturdaypostdoc in molecular labThe Aquarium staff conducts a weekly behind-the-scenes tour of the facility every Saturday at 2:00pm. This insightful tour gives visitors a look at the necessary systems essential to keeping the living ecosystems thriving. Biological, chemical and mechanical filtration systems, lighting systems and chillers and feedings are all explained.
[2:00pm | FREE with paid admission | Recommended ages 10+]

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Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce
420 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce, Florida 34949
Phone 772-462-6220, Fax 772-461-8154

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Your Visit

Hours:

Tues-Sat: 10am-4pm
Sun: 12-4pm
Mon (Jan-Mar only)10am-4pm
(Closed New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, President's Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve Day, and Christmas Day)

Admission:

Seniors 55+: $3.00
Adults: $4.00
Children 4-17: $3.00

Group rates available with advanced notice.

Event registration:

To register for programs or for more information, call 772.465.3271 or email the Education Office.

Location:

South Hutchinson Island in Fort Pierce, Florida, just off Highway A1A on the east side of the south causeway bridge

420 Seaway Drive
Fort Pierce, FL 34949


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