Skidaway Marine Science Day, Saturday, Oct. 10

An afternoon of marine science programs, displays, tours and activities — Skidaway Marine Science Day 2009 — will be held on Saturday, October 10, from noon to 4 p.m. on the campus of the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography at the north end of Skidaway Island.

The Skidaway Marine Science Day is a campus-wide open house with activities geared for all ages from young children to adults. These will include programs, tours, displays and hands-on activities, primarily related to marine science. The event is open to the public and admission is free.

The event will be presented by the campus’s marine research and education organizations, including the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, the University of Georgia (UGA) Marine Education Center and Aquarium, the UGA Shellfish Research Laboratory, Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary and WSVH Georgia Public Radio.

The Skidaway Institute of Oceanography will offer a variety of activities for adults and children, including tours of the Research Vessel Savannah and smaller research vessels, science displays on current research programs and hands-on science activities.

Research vessels will be open for tours.

Research vessels will be open for tours.

The UGA Marine Extension Service Aquarium will be open with no admission fee. In addition, the aquarium education staff will offer visitors a full afternoon of activities including science talks, a reptile show, boat tours, touch tanks, and behind-the-scene tours of the aquarium.

Touch tanks are fun for all ages.

Touch tanks are fun for all ages.

The UGA Shellfish Laboratory will provide visitors with displays and information on marine life on the Georgia Coast. Children will be given the opportunity to help protect the marine environment by bagging oyster shells used for oyster reef restoration projects.

WSVH Georgia Public Radio will be open for visitors.

For the second year, campus scientists will present a career information session for high school and college students who are interested in exploring a career in science. The informal question-and-answer program will be presented at 1 p.m. in the McGowan Library Auditorium on the Skidaway Institute campus.

For the first time, Skidaway Marine Science Day will also be open to non-campus scientific and environmental groups. Organizations such as the Georgia Conservancy and the Dolphin Project will present displays and activities for visitors.

The Savannah Arts Academy SkyLite Jazz Band will perform throughout the afternoon on the bluff behind the UGA Aquarium.

School classes or other large groups wishing to attend Skidaway Marine Science Day can be accommodated only through advance arrangements. For additional information, call (912) 598-2325.

All activities at Skidaway Marine Science Day will be free. For additional information, call (912) 598-2325, or visit www.skio.usg.edu.

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