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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

Upcoming Events

Celebrate World Oceans Day with the Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit at the St. Lucie County Aquarium


Please join us for the global celebration of World Oceans Day at the Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit on Saturday, June 3 from 10:00am – 3:00pm !

The ocean is the heart of our planet, connecting people across the Earth, no matter where we live. We play in it, eat food from it, work on it, and breathe because of it – what better reasons can you think of to celebrate the world’s oceans?

Come to the St. Lucie County Aquarium and explore the diversity of the Indian River Lagoon with Smithsonian staff, enjoy crafts, behind-the-scenes tours of the Aquarium and other activities that are all centered around our planet’s indispensable marine resources.

There will be hands-on demonstrations of some of the same sampling techniques used by Smithsonian researchers and aquarists to study the diversity of the Indian River Lagoon.
Seining demonstrations will be offered at 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm.
Plankton collecting demonstrations will be conducted at 11:30am and1:30pm and benthic (bottom) sampling techniques at 11:00am and 2:00pm.

These demonstrations will give families the opportunity to get their feet wet (literally!) in the Indian River Lagoon by collecting animals - including crabs, pipefish, sea slugs and more. Participants wishing to enter the water and participate in sampling demonstrations must wear protective footwear, such as water shoes or old sneakers, and children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Admission to the Aquarium, located at 420 Seaway Drive on South Hutchinson Island in Fort Pierce, is $4.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors (55+) and children 4 – 17 years old and children under 4 are free. World Oceans Day activities are included with aquarium admission. There’s additional parking between the Aquarium and the History Center.
The first 50 children who are twelve years old and under will receive a free gift bag! Each paid visitor will receive a free pass for a future visit to the Aquarium (expires August 30, 2017).

Please contact Bill Hoffman at 772-465-3271 for more information.

The Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit is located in the St. Lucie County Aquarium on South Hutchinson Island in Fort Pierce.

Smithsonian Marine Science Summer Camp


Summer camp registration is open now. Online registration is not available. To register, call the Smithsonian Education Office at 772-465-3271 or email

Before registering, please note the following payment and cancellation policy: full payment is due within ten business days of your registration. Once we have received your payment, no full refunds will be offered. The only exception is in the case of a medical emergency that prohibits your child from attending camp. A doctor's note must be provided to guarantee your refund. A 50% refund will be provided for cancellations 31 days or more prior to the first day of camp. No refund will be provided for cancellations within 30 days of the first day of camp.

Ocean Discovery Camp • Ages 6-8Discovery campSession I: June 5-9 Session Full | Session II: June 26-30 Session Full
Campers ages six to eight years old will discover what lives in the ocean and why this water world is so imortant to life on Earth. Using the Aquarium as home base, campers will gain hands-on experience with marine life of all shapes and sizes in, out of, and on the water. Campers should be prepared to spend a significant amount of time outdoors.
[9:00am-12:00pm | $95 (non-members) • $85 (members) | Ages 6-8]

Ocean Adventure Camp • Ages 9-11Adventure Camp Session I: June 12-16 | Session II: July 10-14
Session III: July 24-28 Sessions Full

Marine-life-loving nine to eleven year olds will hate to miss this week of ocean fun! Campers will learn about marine ecosystems by directly interacting with the many diverse habitats located along the Treasure Coast. Kayaking on the Indian River Lagoon, seine netting in seagrass beds, snorkeling in hardbottom habitats, and mucking about in the mangroves are just a few of the activities awaiting your camper. Campers should be prepared to spend a significant amount of time outdoors.
[9:00am-3:00pm | $145 (non-members) • $135 (members) | Ages 9-11]

Ocean Explorer Camp • Ages 12-13intern-seining-with-kids Session I: June 19-23 | Session II: July 17-21 Sessions Full
Campers ages 12 and 13 years old will get a taste of what scientists do to study the ocean, which means spending time in, on, and under the water. In addition to field trips including kayaking and snorkeling, campers will experience first-hand some of the tools and technology used to explore our watery world. Campers should be prepared to spend a significant amount of time outdoors.
[9:00am-3:00pm | $165 (non-members) • $155 (members) | Ages 12-13]

Marine Science Field Experience • Ages 14-16Explorer Camp Session I: July 31-August 4
Is your teen passionate about the ocean? Students ages 14-16 are invited to join Smithsonian educators for a week of hands-on learning about marine ecosystems, careers, research, and stewardship in and around the Indian River Lagoon and Atlantic Ocean. Participants will spend a significant amount of time outdoors and should be prepared for physical activities including full-day kayaking and snorkeling outings. Mask and snorkel provided - campers must bring fins for snorkeling days.
[9:00am-3:00pm | $185 (non-members) • $175 (members) | Ages 14-16]

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 - SundaySnack TimeJoin 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 | SaturdayBehind-the-Scenes TourThe 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
701 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce, Florida 34949
Phone 772-462-6220, Fax 772-461-8154

Smithsonian Exhibit at St. Lucie County Aquarium
420 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce, Florida 34949
Education Office 772-465-3271

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