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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

Marine Science in the Morning
Wednesday, January 14
postdoc in molecular lab Speaker: Dr. Sea McKeon, Smithsonian Marine Station: "Understanding Marine Biodiversity from the Coral Triangle to the Indian River Lagoon." Adults and seniors are invited to enjoy a series of six lectures presented by COSEE Florida marine science experts. A different lecture will be featured every two weeks and will highlight current topics in marine science. Arrive early to enjoy complimentary coffee and light refreshments before the lecture begins at 9:00am! Advance registration is required as space is limited. Registration open now.
[8:30am - 10:00am | Aquarium | Free with paid admission | Adults]

Research Station Guided Tour
Thursday, January 15
postdoc in molecular labCome hear about current research from the scientists themselves! This approximately one hour program 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 for this free tour call 772-462-6216 or email Laura Diederick.
[2:00pm - 3:00pm | Marine Station | FREE | Ages 16 and up]

Aquarium After Dark
Friday, January 23
postdoc in molecular lab Ever wonder what happens when the Aquarium lights go off for the night? Come find out during an educational evening of family fun and exploration! Doors will open especially for this event at 5:45pm and a pizza dinner will be served at 6:00pm. Enjoy a brief presentation by Aquarium education staff before venturing into the Aquarium to explore the tanks with flashlights! Advance registration is required as space is limited. Registration open now.
[6:00pm - 7:30pm | Aquarium | Adults: $10/Children $8 (members), Adults: $12/Children $10 (non-members) | Ages 5 and up]

Marine Science in the Morning
Wednesday, January 28
postdoc in molecular lab Speaker: Dr. Marguerite Koch, Florida Atlantic University: "Passing the 'Acid Test' on Ocean Acidification"
Adults and seniors are invited to enjoy a series of six lectures presented by COSEE Florida marine science experts. A different lecture will be featured every two weeks and will highlight current topics in marine science. Arrive early to enjoy complimentary coffee and light refreshments before the lecture begins at 9:00am! Advance registration is required as space is limited. Registration open now.
[8:30am - 10:00am | Aquarium | Free with paid admission | Adults]

Marine Science in the Morning
Wednesday, February 11
postdoc in molecular labSpeaker: Stephanie Farrington, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University: "Discovery and Protection of Deep- Water Coral Reefs"
Adults and seniors are invited to enjoy a series of six lectures presented by COSEE Florida marine science experts. A different lecture will be featured every two weeks and will highlight current topics in marine science. Arrive early to enjoy complimentary coffee and light refreshments before the lecture begins at 9:00am! Advance registration is required as space is limited. Registration open now.
[8:30am - 10:00am | Aquarium | Free with paid admission | Adults]

Homeschool Hopper Program
Thursday, February 19
postdoc in molecular labMicroscopic but Mighty: Plankton battle for survivial
There is a daily battle for survival in the ocean beyond what our eyes can see! Find out how tiny plankton defend themselves and manage to stay afloat. This program is a themed collaborative field trip series for homeschool students taking place on Thursdays throughout January and February at five environmental education centers in St. Lucie County. For more information or to register for the series of five classes, call 772-398-2779.
[10:00am-11:30am | Aquarium | $25/5 classes | Ages 7-12]

Research Station Guided Tour
Thursday, February 19
postdoc in molecular labCome hear about current research from the scientists themselves! This approximately one hour program 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 for this free tour call 772-462-6216 or email Laura Diederick.
[2:00pm - 3:00pm | Marine Station | FREE | Ages 16 and up]

Aquarium After Dark
Friday, February 20
postdoc in molecular lab Ever wonder what happens when the Aquarium lights go off for the night? Come find out during an educational evening of family fun and exploration! Doors will open especially for this event at 5:45pm and a pizza dinner will be served at 6:00pm. Enjoy a brief presentation by Aquarium education staff before venturing into the Aquarium to explore the tanks with flashlights! Advance registration is required as space is limited. Registration open now.
[6:00pm - 7:30pm | Aquarium | Adults: $10/Children $8 (members), Adults: $12/Children $10 (non-members) | Ages 5 and up]

Marine Science in the Morning
Wednesday, February 25
postdoc in molecular lab Speaker: Gabby Barbarite, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University: "Vibrio in the Lagoon and Implications for Human Heath"
Adults and seniors are invited to enjoy a series of six lectures presented by COSEE Florida marine science experts. A different lecture will be featured every two weeks and will highlight current topics in marine science. Arrive early to enjoy complimentary coffee and light refreshments before the lecture begins at 9:00am! Advance registration is required as space is limited. Registration open now.
[8:30am - 10:00am | Aquarium | Free with paid admission | Adults]

Marine Science in the Morning
Wednesday, March 11
postdoc in molecular lab Speakers: Dr. Beth Falls and Chloe Lloyd, Ocean Research and Conservation Assocation: "Making Pollution Visible in the Indian River Lagoon"
Adults and seniors are invited to enjoy a series of six lectures presented by COSEE Florida marine science experts. A different lecture will be featured every two weeks and will highlight current topics in marine science. Arrive early to enjoy complimentary coffee and light refreshments before the lecture begins at 9:00am! Advance registration is required as space is limited. Registration open now.
[8:30am - 10:00am | Aquarium | Free with paid admission | Adults]

Smithsonian Marine Station Open House
Thursday, March 19
postdoc in molecular labThe Smithsonian Marine Station is opening its doors to the public and invites you to learn about the research being conducted by Smithsonian scientists and why understanding marine ecosystems is so important and relevant to the lives of everyone on the planet. Hands-on activities will be available for both children and adults. No advance registration is required. Free admission, free parking.
[2:00pm - 6:00pm | Marine Station | FREE | All ages]

Marine Science in the Morning
Wednesday, March 25
postdoc in molecular lab Speaker: Scott Jones, Smithsonian Marine Station: "Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystems: A Look at the Smithsonian's 40-year History in Belize"
Adults and seniors are invited to enjoy a series of six lectures presented by COSEE Florida marine science experts. A different lecture will be featured every two weeks and will highlight current topics in marine science. Arrive early to enjoy complimentary coffee and light refreshments before the lecture begins at 9:00am! Advance registration is required as space is limited. Registration open now.
[8:30am - 10:00am | Aquarium | Free with paid admission | Adults]

Aquarium Ongoing Events

 

FREE DAY | First Tuesday of each Monthpostdoc in molecular labCome enjoy 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! A volunteer or staff person will provide information on the Aquarium's daily menu, as well as share stories and provide insight on 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!  Aquarium Education Staff will provide information about animals targeted for feeding each day and answer questions about our dynamic Model Ecosystems.
[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 feeding regimens are all explained.

[2:00pm | FREE with paid admission | Recommended ages 10 and up]

Smithsonian Summer Camp

 

postdoc in molecular labThe Smithsonian offers week-long summer day camps at the St. Lucie County Aquarium for ages 6-14. All camps focus on marine science topics and campers spend a significant amount of time in, on, or under the water. Summer camp dates will be available in early January 2015 and registration opens March 1, 2015.



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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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