Posts Tagged ‘Skidaway Marine Science Day’

Skidaway Marine Science Day 2016 canceled

October 18, 2016

The University of Georgia’s Skidaway Marine Science Day, scheduled for Oct. 22, has been canceled.

The UGA Aquarium reopened over the weekend, however the Jay Wolf Nature Trail remains closed as crews continue to remove debris brought on by Hurricane Matthew.

Both Clark Alexander, interim director of UGA Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, and Mark Risse, director of UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, had hoped to reschedule the event, but no other date was available this fall.

“We are upset we are not able to offer this great event this year,” Alexander said. “However, we will be back bigger and stronger in 2017.”

Skidaway Marine Science Day has been an annual event on the Skidaway campus since 2001. The free, family-oriented program is presented jointly by the UGA Skidaway Institute, UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, and Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary.

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Skidaway Marine Science Day cancelled for October 22

October 13, 2016

Due to complications from Hurricane Matthew, Skidaway Marine Science Day will NOT be presented as scheduled on October 22. It may  be rescheduled. If so, we will post the new date here, on Facebook, the Skidaway Institute Web page and many other places.

Skidaway Marine Science Day video on YouTube

December 1, 2015

Our annual campus-wide open house event, Skidaway Marine Science Day, was held on Saturday, October 24. Here is a a quick look at the fun and activities.

Skidaway open house 92 percent ‘landfill-free’

October 30, 2013

 The effort to make Skidaway Marine Science Day a ‘landfill-free’ event was largely successful, according to event organizers. Held on the campus of the University of Georgia (UGA) Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, the annual open house attracted nearly 2,000 visitors on Saturday, Oct. 26, but generated only nine pounds of unrecyclable trash. The event organizers used recycling and composting bins to collect and recycle materials in an attempt to reduce the stream of trash ultimately headed to a landfill.

 The event was sponsored by the UGA Skidaway Institute, the UGA Aquarium and UGA Shellfish Laboratory, which are both part of Marine Extension, a public service and outreach unit of UGA, and by Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary and the Nature Conservancy.

 When the event was over, 57 pounds of recyclable paper, mostly napkins and hot dog wrappers, and 35 pounds of cans and plastic were collected. The compost containers held 10 pounds of food waste.

 “One lesson we learned is that chip bags are not recyclable, and we collected one and a half pounds of them,” said  Amanda Wrona Meadows,  a marine scientist with The Nature Conservancy and one of one of the event organizers. “That’s a 50-gallon trash bag of chip bags.”

 The rest of the non-recyclable waste was composed of material such as duct tape, pipe cleaners, cigarette butts, garbage bags and diapers.

 “About 92 percent of the waste generated at the event was kept out of the landfill,” said Meadows. “I think that is something we should all feel good about.”

We had a great open house!

October 20, 2011

We had beautiful weather and a great turnout for our open house, Skidaway Marine Science Day, last Saturday. If you did not attend, here are some pictures to whet your appetite for next year.

Apple iPad top prize in scholarship fundraiser

October 11, 2011

Some lucky visitor to Skidaway Marine Science Day will win a new Apple iPad tablet computer.  The iPad is the top prize in fundraiser for student intern scholarships at Skidaway Institute of Oceanography. For each donation of $3, a donor will receive one chance to win the iPad.

The proceeds from the fundraiser will support the scholarship program sponsored by the Skidaway Marine Science Foundation. The Foundation awards scholarships to a number of undergraduate college students who spend the summer conducting research in the Institute’s laboratories.

Donations will be accepted at the Skidaway Institute information booth. A drawing will be held later in the afternoon. Donors do not need to be present to win.

The drawing is one of the activities of the campus-wide open house on Saturday, October 15, from noon to 4 p.m. on the Skidaway Institute campus on the north end of Skidaway Island.

Skidaway Marine Science Day is 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 and Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary.

Activities geared for all ages will include programs, tours, displays and hands-on activities, primarily related to marine science and the coastal environment. The event is open to the public and admission is free.

For additional information, call (912) 598-2325, or visit http://www.skio.usg.edu.

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Skidaway Marine Science Day a success!

October 18, 2010

We had a beautiful day last Saturday as more than 1,900 visitors converged on our campus for our annual open house,  Skidaway Marine Science Day.

The event featured activities geared for all ages from young children to adults. These included programs, tours, displays and hands-on activities, primarily related to marine science.

Skidaway Marine Science Day was presented Skidaway Institute and our campus partners, including 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 offered a variety of activities for adults and children, including tours of the Research Vessel Savannah;

R/V Savannah

Visitors in the R/V Savannah's "dry lab."

A crowd on "the bridge."

science displays and talks on current research programs; and hands-on science activities.

Charles Roberston explains a CTD array.

Jay Brandes explains some of the science behind the Gulf oil spill.

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

The aquarium touch tanks are always popular.

The UGA Shellfish Laboratory provided visitors with displays and information on marine life on the Georgia Coast.

Bagging oyster shells for a good cause can actually be fun.

Children were given the opportunity to help protect the marine environment by bagging oyster shells used for oyster reef restoration projects.

Driving ROVs in the pool.

The staff of Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary set up their remotely-operated-vehicle (ROV) in a swimming pool and teach visitors how to “drive” it and pick up objects from the bottom.

WSVH Georgia Public Radio was open for visitors.

Skidaway Institute professor Bill Savidge presented a special program, “The Seven Deadly Sins of Science Fair Projects,” aimed at parents and students involved in science fair projects.

For the second year in a row, Skidaway Marine Science Day was also open to non-campus scientific and environmental groups.

Some children got "up close and personal" with wildlife.

Maybe a little too up-close.

Organizations such as the Georgia Department of  Natural Resources, The Dolphin Project and the Georgia Sea Turtle Center were on-hand to present, information, displays and activities.

The Diamond Terrapin Project brought some of their subjects, which were a big hit with the younger set.

Kids prepare their model plankton for the Plankton Sink-Off.

The Plankton Sink Off is a race to see who can get to the bottom of the tank last.

And what would a festival be without some face painting.

We have a much larger photo gallery on the Skidaway Institute Web site.

Great open house!

October 16, 2008

The rains held off for the most part and we had a super open house event last Saturday. The folks at the UGA aquarium kept a clicker-count. Adding a little for missed visitors, we estimate roughly 1,900 people visited the campus. Here is a small sample of some photos of the day.

We had lots of boats!

We had lots of boats!

Charles Robertson (L) explains a core sampling device

Charles Robertson (L) explains a core sampling device

John Bichy (R) explains the R/V Savannah survival gear.

John Bichy (R) explains the R/V Savannah survival gear.

Hey Mom! Can I drive the boat?

Hey Mom! Can I drive the boat?

Paul Medders (L)from DNR was here to pass out material.

Paul Medders (L)from DNR was here to pass out material.
Making plankton out of pipe cleaners is fun!

Making plankton out of pipe cleaners is fun!

OK, what do I do now?

OK, what do I do now?

The aquarium touch-tanks were very popular.
The aquarium touch-tanks were very popular.

Not too young to be fascanted.

Not too young to be fascinated.

Getting closely aquainted with a crab.

Getting closely aquainted with a crab.

Gray's Reef staff were on hand with a boat!

Gray’s Reef staff were there with a boat too!