Ocean Discovery Day

Statement Concerning Coronavirus (COVID-19):

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has certainly made an impact on personal, professional, and recreational activities. Here in the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering our primary concern for our programming is the health and well-being of our participants, volunteers, staff, and communities. In the best interest of all, we have made the decision to cancel Ocean Discovery Day scheduled for October 16 & 17, 2020.

We appreciate your understanding and patience during this uncertain time, and we look forward to seeing you in 2021.

Touch a horseshoe crab, drive a remotely operated vehicle and map the ocean floor at the University of New Hampshire’s Ocean Discovery Day! Ocean Discovery Day provides visitors with an opportunity to explore the wonders of the ocean through interactive exhibits and demonstrations. Visitors can make a fish print, band a lobster and see the plankton that form the base of the food chain in New Hampshire's Great Bay. Watch a scuba diving demonstration to learn how UNH scientists conduct research below the waves, and learn about marine snow and tern restoration at the Isles of Shoals.

Girl is using magnifing glass to examine sand particals.

Student Day

Our Student Day is designed for educators and organizations to visit with students. They’ll get their hands wet exploring and learning about our marine ecosystems at this interactive event.

Program Information & Registration

Boys measuring lobsters at Ocean Discovery Day

Public Open House

Join us at the Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory on the UNH Durham campus for the Ocean Discovery Day Public Open House, featuring family friendly activities, demonstrations and tours.

Program Information


Faculty, students, staff and partners have the opportunity to promote efforts in the area of marine science, STEM education, marine history and more.

Exhibitor Information

Students surround an automated underwater vessel while talking with an ASV representative at Ocean Discovery Day.



Ocean Discovery Day would not happen without the hundreds of individuals who volunteer their time in a large range of activities from greeting guests to working along side of our researchers. Volunteer registration will open in summer 2020.

Ocean Discovery Day