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FREE | Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Research Stationtour participant

Third Thursday of each month at 2PM - Free. Registration is required.

Once a month we open our doors to the public to share current Smithsonian research on the plants and animals of the Indian River Lagoon and marine environments throughout the Caribbean. Tours are approximately one hour in length and begin at 2pm in the Conference Room. Suggested age: 14+

Please register online by following this link: ONLINE REGISTRATION
Questions? Please contact Scott Jones at JonesMS [at]

Smithsonian Marine Science Summer Camp


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

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 4-8 | Session II: June 25-29
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 | $110 (non-members) • $100 (members) | Ages 6-8]

Ocean Adventure Camp • Ages 9-11Adventure Camp Session I: June 11-15 | Session II: July 09-13
Session III: July 23-27

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 | $160 (non-members) • $150 (members) | Ages 9-11]

Ocean Explorer Camp • Ages 12-13intern-seining-with-kids Session I: June 18-22 | Session II: July 16-20
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 | $180 (non-members) • $170 (members) | Ages 12-13]

Marine Science Field Experience • Ages 14-16Explorer Camp Session I: July 30-August 03
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 | $200 (non-members) • $190 (members) | Ages 14-16]

Aquarium Events and Tours


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

Marine Science in the Morningpostdoc in molecular labAdults and seniors are invited to enjoy a series of lectures at the Aquarium. A different marine science expert will be featured every two weeks and will highlight current topics in marine science. Arrive early to enjoy coffee and light refreshments before the lecture! Doors open at 8:30am and the lecture will begin at 9:00am.

Advance registration is required as space is limited.
[8:30am - 10:00am | Aquarium | FREE with paid admission | Adult]

    January 10, 2018: Caribbean Cooking: Impacts of warming coastal waters on coral reefs of the Florida Keys and beyond with Paul R. Jones, PhD of UM/CIMAS, NOAA/AOML
    January 24, 2018: FWC Marine Mammal Program (and manatees!) with Rachel Kaplan of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
    February 7, 2018: Risk of Lethal Injury to Manatees Given Vessel Speed — a Bayesian approach with Brittany Combs of USF College of Marine Science
    February 21, 2018: Sharks and Rays of the Indian River Lagoon with Michael McCallister of FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
    March 7, 2018: Of Peanut Worms and Plankton: Life histories research at the Smithsonian Marine Station with Michael Boyle of the Smithsonian Marine Station
    March 21, 2018: Hot Weather and Hot Nests Trouble Turtles with Jeanette Wyneken of Florida Atlantic University

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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