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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, August 18
Nancy KnowltonCome hear about current research from the scientists themselves! This approximately one hour tour 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 online, click here.
[2:00pm-3:00pm | Marine Station | Free | Adult]

Free Admission Day: Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, August 27
Nancy KnowltonThe Smithsonian Marine Station is sponsoring a free admission day on August 27 to celebrate the Aquarium's 15th Anniversary! Enjoy free admission from 10:00am-4:00pm, including feeding tours at 10:30am and 2:30pm and behind the scenes tours at 11:00am and 2:00pm. No advance registration is required.
[10:00am-4:00pm | Aquarium | Free | All ages]

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 - 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.  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 | 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 feedings are all explained.
[2:00pm | FREE with paid admission | Recommended ages 10+]

Smithsonian Summer Camp


Summer Camp registration opens March 1, 2016. Registration is not available online. To register, or for more information about camp sessions, please call the Education Office at 772.465.3271 or send an email to

Before registering, please note the summer camp payment and cancellation policy: full payment is due within ten days of registration. Once your payment is received, 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 before the first day of camp. There are no refunds for cancellations within 30 days of the first day of camp.

Ocean Discovery Camppostdoc in molecular labSession I: June 6-10 | Session II: August 8-12
Sessions Full
Campers ages 6-8 will discover what lives in the ocean and why this vast, watery world is so important to life on Earth. Using the Aquarium as home base, campers will gain experience with marine life of all shapes and sizes in, out of, and on the water. Campers should be prepared to spend a significant time outdoors.
[9am-12pm | Members: $85/Non-Members: $95 | Ages 6-8]

Ocean Adventure Camppostdoc in molecular labSession I: June 13-17 | Session II: July 11-15 | Session III: July 25-29 Sessions Full
Marine-life-loving 9 to 11 year olds will enjoy 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, seining in seagrass beds, snorkeling 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.
[9am-3pm | Members: $135/Non-Members: $145 | Ages 9-11]

Ocean Explorer Camppostdoc in molecular labSession I: June 20-24 | Session II: July 18-22
Campers ages 12 and 13 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 researchers use to explore our watery world! Campers should be prepared to spend a significant amount of time outdoors.
[9am-3pm | Members: $155/Non-members: $165 | Ages 12-13]

Marine Science Field Experiencepostdoc in molecular labSession I: August 1-5 Session Full
Does your teen want to be a marine biologist? 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 are provided, campers must bring fins.
[9am-3pm | Members: $175/Non-members: $185 | Ages 14-16]

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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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