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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, February 8
Research Station Guided Tour"Cures from the Deep Sea: Marine natural products and cancer" with Dr. Esther Guzman of FAU's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute.
Adults and seniors are invited to enjoy a series of lectures sponsored by COSEE Florida. 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. Registration open now.
[8:30am-10:00am | Aquarium | FREE with paid admission | Adult]

Smithsonian Science Lecture Series
Thursday, February 16
Research Station Guided Tour"The United Oceans: Taking the Pulse of Coastal Biodiversity Around the World" with Dr. Emmett Duffy. Dr. Duffy is the Director of the Smithsonian's Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network (TMON). Lectures for this series will be held in the Indian River Room of the Pelican Yacht Club at 1120 Seaway Drive. No advance registration is required.
[7:00pm-8:00pm | Pelican Yacht Club | FREE | Adult]

Aquarium After Dark
Friday, February 17
Research Station Guided TourEver 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 special flashlights! Advance registration and payment are required as space is limited. Aquarium member discount available. Registration open now.
[5:45pm-7:30pm | Aquarium | $12/Adult $10/Child | Ages 5 and up]

Marine Science in the Morning
Wednesday, February 22
Research Station Guided Tour"Studying Sea Turtles in the Water" with Cody Mott of Inwater Research Group.
Adults and seniors are invited to enjoy a series of lectures sponsored by COSEE Florida. 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. Registration open now.
[8:30am-10:00am | Aquarium | FREE with paid admission | Adult]

Smithsonian Science Lecture Series
Thursday, March 2
Research Station Guided Tour"Unsung Heroes of the Sea: The importance of marine bacteria in ecological interactions" with Dr. Jennifer Sneed, Research Biologist at the Smithsonian Marine Station. Lectures for this series will be held in the Indian River Room of the Pelican Yacht Club at 1120 Seaway Drive. No advance registration is required.
[7:00pm-8:00pm | Pelican Yacht Club | FREE | Adult]

Marine Science in the Morning
Wednesday, March 8
Research Station Guided Tour"Exploring the Diversity and Potential Utility of Microbial Communities in the Indian River Lagoon" with David Bradshaw of FAU's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute.
Adults and seniors are invited to enjoy a series of lectures sponsored by COSEE Florida. 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. Registration open now.
[8:30am-10:00am | Aquarium | FREE with paid admission | Adult]

Smithsonian Marine Station Open House
Thursday, March 16
Research Station Guided Tour The 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. No advance registration is required.
[2:00pm-6:00pm | Marine Station | FREE | All ages]

Marine Science in the Morning
Wednesday, March 22
Research Station Guided Tour"Community-based Oyster, Seagrass and Living Shoreline Restoration: Recent efforts in the southern Indian River Lagoon" with Dr. Vincent Encomio of Florida Oceanographic Society.
Adults and seniors are invited to enjoy a series of lectures sponsored by COSEE Florida. 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. Registration open now.
[8:30am-10:00am | Aquarium | FREE with paid admission | Adult]

Smithsonian Science Lecture Series
Thursday, March 30
Research Station Guided Tour"A call to ARMS: Measuring biodiversity in marine communities" with Dr. Christopher Meyer, Research Zoologist at the Smithsonian's National Museuem of Natural History. Lectures for this series will be held in the Indian River Room of the Pelican Yacht Club at 1120 Seaway Drive. No advance registration is required.
[7:00pm-8:00pm | Pelican Yacht Club | FREE | Adult]


Marine Science in the Morning
Wednesday, April 5
Research Station Guided Tour"Little Animals, Big Insights: Using soft-sediment communities as a proxy for environmental health" with Dr. Jessica Lunt of the Smithsonian Marine Station.
Adults and seniors are invited to enjoy a series of lectures sponsored by COSEE Florida. 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. Registration open now.
[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 - 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+]

Smithsonian Marine Science Summer Camp

 

Summer camp registration opens March 1, 2017. Online registration is not available. To register, call the Smithsonian Education Office at 772-465-3271 or email SMSEducation@si.edu.

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 6-8postdoc in molecular labSession I: June 5-9 | Session II: June 26-30
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 9-11postdoc in molecular lab Session I: June 12-16 | Session II: July 10-14
Session III: July 24-28

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 12-13postdoc in molecular lab Session I: June 19-23 | Session II: July 17-21
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 14-16postdoc in molecular lab 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]

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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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