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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]

Smithsonian Evening Lecture Series
Thursday, February 19
Candy Feller in mangroveDr. Ilka (Candy) Feller of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, MD will speak about her research on
"Mangroves Marching North: How Fast, How Far, and at What Cost?"
This free lecture will take place in the Indian River Room of the Pelican Yacht Club, 1120 Seaway Drive, Ft. Pierce at 7PM  

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 Evening Lecture Series
Thursday, March 12
Jos VerhoevenDr. Jos Verhoeven of Utrecht University in The Netherlands will speak about his research on
"Reclaiming, Using, and Protecting Wetlands: How the Dutch Created The Netherlands"
This free lecture will take place in the Indian River Room of the Pelican Yacht Club, 1120 Seaway Drive, Ft. Pierce at 7PM  

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]

Smithsonian Evening Lecture Series
Thursday, April 2
Nancy KnowltonDr. Nancy Knowlton, Sant Chair for Marine Science of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC will speak about her research on
"Moving Beyond the Obituaries: Success Stories in Ocean Conservation"
This free lecture will take place in the Indian River Room of the Pelican Yacht Club, 1120 Seaway Drive, Ft. Pierce at 7PM  

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

 

Summer camp registration opens March 2, 2015. To register, call 772-465-3271 or email SMSEducation@si.edu. Online registration is not available. Before registering, please note our payment and cancellation policy: once we have received your payment, no full refunds are offered. The only exception is in the case of 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 before the first day of camp. No refunds will be provided for cancellations within 30 calendar days of the first day of camp.

Ocean Discovery Camp (Ages 6-8)postdoc in molecular lab I: June 8-12 | II: June 29-July 3
Campers ages six to eight years old will discover what lives in the ocean and why this watery world is so important 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 9-11)postdoc in molecular lab I: June 15-19 | II: July 6-10 | III: July 20-24
Marine-life-loving 9 to 11 year olds will hate to miss this week of ocean fun! Campers will learn all about marine ecosystems by directly interacting with the many diverse habitats located along the Treasure Coast. Kayaking on the Indian River Lagoon, seining in seagrass beds, snorkeling in hardbottom habitats and mucking about in the mangroves are just a few of the activities awaiting your camper. Equipent for all activities is provided. 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 12-14)postdoc in molecular lab I: June 22-26 | II: July 13-17
Campers ages 12 to 14 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 (equipment provided), 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.
[9am-3pm | $165 (non-members)/$155 (members) | Ages 12-14]

Ocean Ambassador Camp (Ages 15-16)postdoc in molecular lab July 27-31
Is your teen passionate about the ocean? Campers ages 15 and 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. Campers 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 are provided, campers must bring fins.
[9am-3pm | $185 (non-members)/$175 (members) | Ages 15-16]

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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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