Virginia Institute of Marine Science
- March 30 – Biosensors – Join us as Dr. Mike Unger explains how scientists at VIMS developed a biosensor that uses antibodies to detect oil spills and other threats in our waters.
- April 27 – The Pamunkey Indian Tribe – Join us as Kathryn MacCormick—tribal member, reservation resident, biologist, and teacher—shares key environmental issues facing the Pamunkey—the only federal Indian tribe in the state.
- March 21 – Sharks — Sharks are scary, fascinating, ancient, and diverse fishes, with more than 450 living species. Stop by our lab to learn more about these misunderstood creatures, the dangers they face, and how you can help! Waitlist now open.
- April 25 – Jellyfish — Learn about different species of jellyfish found in the oceans and Chesapeake Bay, their role in the ecosystem, and how people have used them throughout history. Registration required. Click the title above for more information. Registration is now open. Click here to reserve your spot! (Required)
- June 13—Living Beaches — Learn more about the types of organisms commonly found on East Coast beaches during summer. Lab activities will include a beachcombing simulation where everyone will be able to find a shell or souvenir to bring home! Click the title above for more info.
- July 19—Sportfishing — VIMS graduate student Willy Goldsmith will explain how he tracks & monitors survival rates of open-ocean fishes such as tunas & billfishes after catch-and-release fishing + what his findings mean for recreational fisheries.
- August 23—Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) — VIMS graduate student Sarah Pease will discuss the HABs that occur in Chesapeake Bay during summer, and how these blooms impact humans and the environment. Registration required.
- October 17 – Mad Lab — Explore the wonders of dry ice, slime, and things that glow in the dark! This Halloween-themed lab will have many hands-on activities to explore the creepy, yucky, and slimy parts of science. Registration Required. Click event title for more information.
VIMS Marine Science Day – May 20 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. VIMS’ annual open house is a fun-filled event for the whole family. Join us in Gloucester Point for exhibits, children’s activities, seining on the York River, lab tours, seafood cooking demonstrations, mini-lectures, and much more. All activities are free, as is parking. The event proceeds rain or shine.