Skidaway Marine Science Day 2013 will be held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, on the campus of the University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography at the north end of Skidaway Island.
The event is a campus-wide open house with activities including programs, tours, displays and hands-on activities, primarily related to marine science.
The Skidaway Institute of Oceanography will offer a variety of activities for adults and children, including tours of the research vessel Savannah and smaller vessels, science displays and hands-on science activities.
The UGA Aquarium will be open to visitors with no admission fee. In addition, the aquarium-education staff will offer visitors activities including science talks, a reptile show, crabbing, touch tanks and behind-the-scenes tours of the aquarium.
The UGA Shellfish Laboratory will provide visitors with displays and information on marine life on the Georgia coast. Children will have the opportunity to help protect the marine environment by bagging oyster shells used for oyster reef restoration projects.
The staff of Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary will show visitors how to operate a remotely-operated vehicle in a swimming pool and pick up objects from the bottom.
Professor Bill Savidge will reprise his talk-and-tour on the history of Skidaway Island, tracing the campus back to its years as a hunting preserve and a cattle plantation.
Along with the campus organizations, Skidaway Marine Science Day also will include displays, demonstrations and activities from a wide range of science, environmental and education groups, such as The Dolphin Project, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and The Nature Conservancy.
All activities at Skidaway Marine Science Day will be free. For additional information, call 912-598-2325 or go to www.skio.uga.edu.