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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, October 16
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]

Homeschool Hopper Program: Seagrass Oddities
Thursday, October 30
postdoc in molecular labBright green shrimp? Long, slithery fish? Venture into seagrass beds in the Indian River Lagoon to explore the amazing animals living in this underwater forest. Water shoes required for this indoor/outdoor session. This program is part of a themed collaborative field trip series for homeschool students taking place throughout the month of October at various educational centers in St. Lucie County. For more information on the series or to register for multiple sessions, please call 772-398-2779. To register for just this session at a prorated cost of $5, please call 772-465-3271 or email smseducation@si.edu.
[10:00am - 11:30am | Aquarium | $25 for 5-part series | Ages 7-12]

Aquarium After Dark
Friday, November 14
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 opens October 13.
[6:00pm - 7:30pm | Aquarium | Adults: $10/Children $8 (members), Adults: $12/Children $10 (non-members) | Ages 5 and up]

Research Station Guided Tour
Thursday, November 20
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, December 5
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 opens October 13.
[6:00pm - 7:30pm | Aquarium | Adults: $10/Children $8 (members), Adults: $12/Children $10 (non-members) | Ages 5 and up]

Holiday Camp
Saturday, December 13
postdoc in molecular labHey parents! Need a little time to shop? We're getting into the holiday spirit at the Smithsonian's Holiday Camp! Make plans to drop off the kids for a fun and educational experience. Children are invited to enjoy a day of marine-themed activities, including a trek through the mangroves to search for critters (weather permitting)! Snack provided, please bring lunch. Registration opens November 10.
[9:00am - 2:00pm | Aquarium | $15 members/$18 non-members | Ages 6-10]

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]

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 | Aquarium | FREE with paid admission | Adults]

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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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