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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: Filter-feeders in the Indian River Lagoon
Wednesday, February 10
Nancy KnowltonThe speaker for this lecture will be Jessica Lunt of the Smithsonian Marine Station. Adults and seniors are invited to enjoy a series of 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 coffee and light refreshments before the lecture! Doors open at 8:30am and the lecture begins at 9:00am. Advance registration is required as space is limited.
[8:30am-10:00am | Aquarium | Free with paid admission | Adult]

Research Station Guided Tour
Thursday, February 18
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 research facilities and opportunities to speak with our marine scientists. Advance registration is required as space is limited. Register online by visiting this link: ONLINE REGISTRATION.
[2:00 - 3:00pm | Marine Station | FREE | Ages 16 and up]

Smithsonian Science Lecture Series: The Smithsonian's Deep Reef Observation Project (DROP)
Thursday, February 18
postdoc in molecular labThis evening lecture will feature Dr. Carole Baldwin of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. Lectures for this series will take place in the Indian River Room at the Pelican Yacht Club at 1120 Seaway Drive in Fort Pierce. Reception to follow. No advance registration is required for this free lecture.
[7:00pm-8:00pm | Pelican Yacht Club | FREE | Adult]

Aquarium After Dark
Friday, February 19
Nancy KnowltonEver wonder what happens when the Aquarium lights turn 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 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 | Members: Adults $10/Children $8, Non-members: Adults $12/Children $10 | Ages 5 and up]

Marine Science in the Morning: Growth in Red Snapper Following the Deepwater Horizon Spill
Wednesday, February 24
Nancy KnowltonThe speaker for this lecture will be Elizabeth Herdter of the University of South Florida. Adults and seniors are invited to enjoy a series of 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 coffee and light refreshments before the lecture! Doors open at 8:30am and the lecture begins at 9:00am. Advance registration is required as space is limited.
[8:30am-10:00am | Aquarium | Free with paid admission | Adult]

Smithsonian Marine Station Open House
Thursday, March 3
Nancy KnowltonThe 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 and demonstrations will be available for both children and adults.
[2:00pm-6:00pm | Marine Station | FREE | All ages]

Marine Science in the Morning: Measuring Reef Architecture Using 3D Imaging Technology
Wednesday, March 9
Nancy KnowltonThe speaker for this lecture will be Elizabeth Salewski of the University of South Florida. Adults and seniors are invited to enjoy a series of 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 coffee and light refreshments before the lecture! Doors open at 8:30am and the lecture begins at 9:00am. Advance registration is required as space is limited.
[8:30am-10:00am | Aquarium | Free with paid admission | Adult]

Research Station Guided Tour
Thursday, March 17
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 research facilities and opportunities to speak with our marine scientists. Advance registration is required as space is limited. Register online by visiting this link: ONLINE REGISTRATION.
[2:00 - 3:00pm | Marine Station | FREE | Ages 16 and up]

Marine Science in the Morning: Hitchhiking, Hopping, and Creeping: Dispersal Strategies of Marine Invertebrates
Wednesday, March 23
Nancy KnowltonThe speaker for this lecture will be Judy Winston of the Smithsonian Marine Station. Adults and seniors are invited to enjoy a series of 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 coffee and light refreshments before the lecture! Doors open at 8:30am and the lecture begins at 9:00am. Advance registration is required as space is limited.
[8:30am-10:00am | Aquarium | Free with paid admission | Adult]

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+]

Smithsonian Summer Camp

 

Summer Camp registration opens March 1, 2016. Registration is not available online. To register, or for more information about camp sessions, please call the Education Office at 772.465.3271 or send an email to SMSEducation@si.edu.

Before registering, please note the summer camp payment and cancellation policy: full payment is due within ten days of registration. Once your payment is received, 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 before the first day of camp. There are no refunds for cancellations within 30 days of the first day of camp.

Ocean Discovery Camppostdoc in molecular labSession I: June 6-10 | Session II: August 8-12
Campers ages 6-8 will discover what lives in the ocean and why this vast, watery world is so important to life on Earth. Using the Aquarium as home base, campers will gain experience with marine life of all shapes and sizes in, out of, and on the water. Campers should be prepared to spend a significant time outdoors.
[9am-12pm | Members: $85/Non-Members: $95 | Ages 6-8]

Ocean Adventure Camppostdoc in molecular labSession I: June 13-17 | Session II: July 11-15 | Session III: July 25-29 .
Marine-life-loving 9 to 11 year olds will enjoy 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, seining in seagrass beds, snorkeling 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.
[9am-3pm | Members: $135/Non-Members: $145 | Ages 9-11]

Ocean Explorer Camppostdoc in molecular labSession I: June 20-24 | Session II: July 18-22
Campers ages 12 and 13 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 researchers use to explore our watery world! Campers should be prepared to spend a significant amount of time outdoors.
[9am-3pm | Members: $165/Non-members: $155 | Ages 12-13]

Marine Science Field Experiencepostdoc in molecular labSession I: August 1-5
Does your teen want to be a marine biologist? 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 are provided, campers must bring fins.
[9am-3pm | Members: $175/Non-members: $185 | Ages 14-16]

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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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