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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

Upcoming Events

Research Station Guided Tour
Thursday, May 21
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]

World Ocean Day Celebration
Saturday, June 6
Nancy KnowltonEnjoy learning stations, crafts, face painting, seine netting demonstrations in the Indian River Lagoon, and other activities all centered around the Earth's indispensable marine resources. Seining demonstrations will be offered every hour on the hour from 11:00am-2:00pm, giving families the opportunity to get their feet wet (literally!) catching 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, and children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
[10:00am-3:00pm | Aquarium| FREE with paid admission | All ages]

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+]

Smithsonian Summer Camp


Summer camp registration is now open! To register, call 772-465-3271 or email Online registration is not available. Before registering, please note our cancellation policy: once we have received your payment, no full refunds are 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 before the first day of camp. No refunds will be provided for cancellations within 30 calendar days of the first day of camp.

Ocean Discovery Camp (Ages 6-8)postdoc in molecular lab I: June 8-12 Session full | II: June 29-July 3
Campers ages six to eight years old will discover what lives in the ocean and why this watery world is so important 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 9-11)postdoc in molecular lab I: June 15-19 | II: July 6-10 | III: July 20-24 Sessions full
Marine-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 in hardbottom habitats and mucking about in the mangroves are just a few of the activities awaiting your camper. Equipment for all activities is provided. 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 12-14)postdoc in molecular lab I: June 22-26 | II: July 13-17 Session full
Campers ages 12 to 14 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 (equipment provided), 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.
[9am-3pm | $165 (non-members)/$155 (members) | Ages 12-14]

NEW! Marine Science Field Experience (Ages 15-16)postdoc in molecular lab July 27-31
Is your teen passionate about the ocean? Students ages 15 and 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 | $185 (non-members)/$175 (members) | Ages 15-16]

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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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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)


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.


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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