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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: "Christmas in July: climate and coral reef growth on a remote central Pacific atoll"
Wednesday, February 12
postdoc in molecular labSpeaker: Dr. Lauren Toth, Florida Institute of Technology
Adults 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. Arrive early to enjoy coffee and light refreshments before the lecture! Doors open at 8:30am, lecture begins at 9:00am. Advance registration is required as space is limited. Registration open now.
[9:00am - 10:00am | SMEE | FREE with paid admission | Adults]

Smithsonian Evening Lecture: "An Unfamiliar World: notes on two hundred years of deep-sea exploration"
Thursday, February 13
Dave Pawson Speaker: Dr. Dave Pawson, National Museum of Natural History
Join the Smithsonian on a journey through the world of underwater exploration from the 1800's through today. Dr. Pawson will examine what we have learned during these amazing journeys and what we need to know in the future. This lecture will be held in the Indian River Room of the Pelican Yacht Club at 1120 Seaway Drive in Fort Pierce. A reception will follow the lecture. Admission is free, no advance registration is required.
[7:00pm - 8:00pm | Pelican Yacht Club | FREE | Adults]

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

Marine Science in the Morning: "Mangroves"
Wednesday, February 26
postdoc in molecular labSpeaker: Dr. Donna Devlin, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
Adults 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. Arrive early to enjoy coffee and light refreshments before the lecture! Doors open at 8:30am, lecture begins at 9:00am. Advance registration is required as space is limited. Registration open now.
[9:00am - 10:00am | SMEE | FREE with paid admission | Adults]

Smithsonian Marine Station Open House
Saturday, March 8
postdoc in molecular labThe 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 will be available for both children and adults. No advance registration is required.
[10:00am - 2:00pm | SMS | FREE | All ages]

Marine Science in the Morning: "Soaking it Up: the secret life of marine sponges and their microbial friends"
Wednesday, March 12
postdoc in molecular labSpeaker: Dr. Christopher Freeman, Smithsonian Marine Station
Adults 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. Arrive early to enjoy coffee and light refreshments before the lecture! Doors open at 8:30am, lecture begins at 9:00am. Advance registration is required as space is limited. Registration open now.
[9:00am - 10:00am | SMEE | FREE with paid admission | Adults]

Smithsonian Evening Lecture: "Evaluating Ecosystem Health and Management in the Mesoamerican Reef"
Thursday, March 13
Dave Pawson Speaker: Dr. Melanie McField, Smithsonian Marine Station
Dr. McField is the Director of Healthy Reefs for Healthy People. She will discuss the multi-institutional initiative's efforts to track the health of the Mesoamerican reef ecosystem, the human choices that shape it and our progress in ensuring its long-term integrity. This lecture will be held in the Indian River Room of the Pelican Yacht Club at 1120 Seaway Drive in Fort Pierce. A reception will follow the lecture. Admission is free, no advance registration is required.
[7:00pm - 8:00pm | Pelican Yacht Club | FREE | Adults]

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

Marine Science in the Morning: "King Crab Invasion in Antarctica"
Wednesday, March 26
postdoc in molecular labSpeaker: Dr. Kathryn Smith, Florida Institute of Technology
Adults 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. Arrive early to enjoy coffee and light refreshments before the lecture! Doors open at 8:30am, lecture begins at 9:00am. Advance registration is required as space is limited. Registration open now.
[9:00am - 10:00am | SMEE | FREE with paid admission | Adults]

Smithsonian Evening Lecture: "Understanding Marine Biodiversity from the Coral Triangle to the Indian River Lagoon"
Thursday, April 3
Dave Pawson Speaker: Dr. Seabird McKeon, Smithsonian Marine Station
Dr. McKeon is a Natural Historian and Biodiversity Scientist at the Smithsonian Marine Station, studying the relationships beween biodiversity adn ecology around the globe. He will share some of the insights that marine biodiversity provides into how our daily actions are changing the planet. This lecture will be held in the Indian River Room of the Pelican Yacht Club at 1120 Seaway Drive in Fort Pierce. A reception will follow the lecture. Admission is free, no advance registration is required.
[7:00pm - 8:00pm | Pelican Yacht Club | FREE | Adults]

Ongoing Events at SMEE

 

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. 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]

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 during our Feeding Frenzy and Snack Time Tours. 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.

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 | 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
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 CampJuly 28-August 1
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]

Special Events

Nat Estuaries DayNational Estuaries Day Festival | Saturday, September 28, 2013The Smithsonian Marine Station and Ecosystems Exhibit will host the third annual National Estuaries Day Festival at Museum Pointe Park, located between the aquarium and the history center. Live entertainment, vendors, hands-on activities for children, touch tanks, “Meet the Smithsonian Scientist” stations, and demonstrations will all showcase the significant role the Indian River Lagoon plays in our everyday lives. Exhibitors will be on hand to provide information on opportunities to become more engaged with cultural, recreational and educational activities on the IRL.
[10:00am - 3:00pm | Museum Pointe Park| FREE | All ages]

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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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