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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

Research Station Guided Tour
Thursday, May 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 | SMS | FREE | Ages 16 and up]

Research Station Guided Tour
Thursday, June 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 | SMS | FREE | Ages 16 and up]

World Ocean Day Celebration
Saturday June 7
postdoc in molecular lab Enjoy learning stations, crafts, face painting, seining demonstrations in the Indian River Lagoon, and other activities all centered around the Earth's indispensable marine resources. The first 100 children twelve years old and under will receive a free gift bag of educational materials. Seine netting demonstrations will be offered every hour on the hour from 11:00am-2:00pm. The demonstrations will give families the opportunity to get their feet wet (literally!) by collecting animals in the same manner as Smithsonian researchers and aquarists! Participants wishing to enter the water must wear protective footwear, such as water shoes or old sneakers, to participate in the seining demonstrations and children ages 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult in the water.
[10:00am - 3:00pm | SMEE | FREE with paid admission | All ages]

Summer Camp 2014

Summer camp registration opens March 1, 2014. To register for summer camp call 772-465-3271 or email the Education Office. Registration is not available online.

Summer camp payment and cancellation policy: Full payment is due within 10 business days of your registration. Payment is only accepted in the form of a check payable to the Smithsonian Marine Station. Once we have received your payment, no full refunds will be 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 from the first day of camp. No refunds will be provided for cancellations within 30 days prior to the first day of camp.

Ocean Discovery Camp
I: June 9-13 (SESSION FULL) | II: July 7-11
postdoc in molecular labCampers ages 6 to 8 years old will discover what lives in the ocean and why this vast, watery world is so important to life on Earth. Using the dynamic content of the Ecosystems Exhibit 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. Registration opens March 1, 2014.
[9:00am - 12:00pm | $85/members, $95/non-members | Ages 6-8]

Ocean Adventure Camp
I: June 16-20 | II: June 23-27 | III: July 14-18 (SESSIONS I & III FULL)
postdoc in molecular labMarine-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 hardbottom habitats and mucking about in mangroves are just a few of the activities awaiting your camper. Campers should be prepared to spend a significant amount of time outdoors. Registration opens March 1, 2014.
[9:00am - 3:00pm | $135/members, $145/non-members | Ages 9-11]

Ocean Explorers CampI: July 21-25 | II: July 28-August 1: BOTH SESSIONS FULL
postdoc in molecular labCampers 12 to 14 years old will get a taste of what marine biologists 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 technology researchers use to explore our watery world, including building ROVs, remote sensors and more! Campers should be prepared to spend a significant amount of time outdoors. Registration opens March 1, 2014.
[9:00am - 3:00pm | $155/members, $165/non-members | Ages 12-14]

Ongoing Events at SMEE

 

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 information above). 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 | Monday - Saturdaypostdoc in molecular labJoin us Monday through Saturday at 10:30am as our underwater residents enjoy their morning meal! A volunteer or staff person will provide information on the Exhibit'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!  Our 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 Exhibit 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]

Marine Science in the Morning | Wednesday (January-March)postdoc in molecular labAdults 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. Doors open at 8:30am, arrive early to enjoy coffee and light refreshments before the lecture! Advance registration is required as space is limited.

[9:00am - 10:00am | SMEE | FREE with paid admission | Adults]

Special Events

Nat Estuaries DayIndian River Lagoon Science Festival | Saturday, September 27, 2014More information coming soon!

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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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