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Skidaway Marine Science Day

October 14 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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An afternoon of activities, tours and talks will make Skidaway Marine Science Day a can’t-miss event for all ages on Saturday, Oct. 14, from noon to 4 p.m. on the University of Georgia Skidaway Marine Science Campus, located on the north end of the island. (10 Ocean Science Circle) The campus-wide open house will be presented by the UGA Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, and NOAA’s Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary.

The UGA Aquarium, run by Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, will be open to visitors with no admission fee. Aquarium educators will offer visitors an afternoon full of activities, including a hands-on reptile exhibit, behind-the-scenes peeks of the aquarium, fish feedings and microscope investigations. A touch tank exhibit will allow guests of all ages to get up close and personal with common coastal invertebrates such as non-pinching spider crabs, whelks and horseshoe crabs.

The UGA Skidaway Institute of Oceanography’s 92-foot ocean-going Research Vessel Savannah will be open for tours and will exhibit science displays. Elsewhere on campus, Skidaway Institute will present a variety of marine science exhibits and hands-on science activities. Skidaway Institute scientists will present a series of short, informal talks and question-and-answer sessions on current scientific and environmental issues.

The UGA Shellfish Laboratory research team will offer behind-the-scenes tours of the Georgia’s oyster hatchery. The hatchery is also a part of UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, a unit of UGA Public Service and Outreach. It is hoped the oyster hatchery will make the Georgia oyster aquaculture a more durable and sustainable coastal industry.

Along with the campus organizations, Skidaway Marine Science Day will also include displays, demonstrations and activities from a wide range of non-profit and governmental science, environmental and education groups, such as The Dolphin Project, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and the Savannah Wildlife Refuge.

For the first time, Skidaway Marine Science Day will also feature food trucks from the Savannah Food Truck Festival.

All activities at Skidaway Marine Science Day are free. For additional information, call 912-598-2325, or see www.skio.uga.edu.


Scheduled Events

Fish feedings- Every 30 minutes, starting at 12:30 p.m. and last one at 3:00 p.m. (UGA Aquarium)

History Talk and Tour 1:00 p.m. – The History of Skidaway Island by Bill Savidge (UGA Aquarium Auditorium)

Continuous Activities

UGA Aquarium
Open 10am-5 pm- Free Admission & Special Activities noon-4 p.m.

Behind the scenes peeks at the UGA Aquarium
Every 20 minutes Noon-4 p.m.- Pick up your free ticket in the lobby to reserve your time!

Touch Tanks (UGA Aquarium)

Phytoplankton Lab Demo (UGA Aquarium)

Invertebrate Explorations (UGA Aquarium)

Crabbing (Aquarium Dock)
Try your hand crabbing off the dock. Limited to 12 people at a time.

Interactive Reptile Exhibit (MAREX Screened Porch)
Meet and greet some common reptiles of the Georgia coast

Jay Wolfe Nature Trail, Interpretive Cabin, Learning Garden
Open 10am-5pm

Oyster Hatchery Tours (Shellfish Research Lab-main door)
Every 20 minutes Noon-4 p.m.

Green Screen Photo Booth (Skidaway Inst. Library Auditorium)

Marine Science Displays & Activities (Skidaway Inst. Quad)
— Marine Debris
— Storms and Coastal Resiliency
— Fertilize the Ocean
— Shrimp Black Gill

Plankton World (Skidaway Inst. Quad)

Build a Plankton (Skidaway Inst. Quad)

Plankton Sink-Off (Skidaway Inst. Quad) A Sink-Off round every 30 minutes

Environmental Group Exhibits (Skidaway Inst. Quad)

Tours of Research Vessel Savannah (Skidaway Inst. Dock)

Microbe Discovery – Grab a swab and find the microbes in the world around you. (Skidaway Inst.

Virtual Reality Tour of Gray’s Reef (Skidaway Inst. Quad)

Face Painting (Skidaway Inst. Quad)

Food Trucks (Adjacent to Skidaway Inst. Library)


Georgia DNR-Coastal Resources Div.
The Dolphin Project
Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Georgia Sea Turtle Center
Tybee Island Marine Science Center
Skidaway Island State Park
Georgia DNR – Law Enforcement
Savannah State University Marine Science Program
Diamondback Terrapin Project- Amstrong State University
Youth for a Cleaner Environment
LTER Schoolyard
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
Coastal Wildscapes
Burton 4-H Center
Savannah Tree Foundation
100 Miles
Caretta Project
Savannah Riverkeeper


October 14
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm