Ocean Discovery Day - Student Open House

Friday, October 13, 2017
8:30AM - 2:00PM

Although the general public is welcomed, this day is specifically designed for educators and organizations to bring students to talk to scientists, operate an ROV in the deep water tank, learn about ocean mapping, ocean acoustics and check out the 3D visualization lab. Students will get their hands wet while exploring our ecosytems and touching live sea creatures.

3D seafloor visualization at Ocean Discovery Day

Registration for public, private or homeschool groups 15 or more is mandatory. We are at capacity for grades 3-8; space is still available for grades 9-12.

Large Group Registration

Groups of less than 15, registration is appreciated but not mandatory.

Small Group Registration


  • Ocean Discovery is designed as a self-guided tour.  Plan on approximately 2 ½-3 hours to complete.  This event takes place both inside and outside. Please be prepared for the weather.

  • A program list is available on the website.  Please note, the program is accurate at the time of posting, but may change prior to the event.  Programs and maps will be available at the information tent the day of the event.

  • Most activities are open activities without scheduled times.  The lecture series, SCUBA diving, oil flume and wave tank demonstration are scheduled activities. Please check schedule.
  • Upon arrival, a school representative should proceed to the information tent to check-in.  Each school will be asked to provide an on-site emergency contact name and phone number.  Programs and maps will be distributed to the representative.

  • Larger groups should be divided into groups of eight or less.

  • We recommend that students arrive with name tags containing both the student’s name and the school’s name.

  • The Jere A. Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory is a working research facility.  Therefore it is important that students are accompanied by an adult at all times.  Unaccompanied students will be accompanied to the information tent.

  • The Laboratory houses two large tanks.  Under no circumstances are individuals allowed to sit or stand upon the walls of the tanks.  Individuals are not allowed on the pool deck without a life jacket.  Life jackets are available at the tank.  Individuals violating these rules will be asked to leave the premises. 

  • A note about squid dissecting-This activity takes approximately 30-40 minutes to complete. The activity will be offered on the half hour and limited space is available at each session. Participation is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

  • This is a rain or shine event, so please dress accordingly.

  • Ample restroom facilities will be available.

  • A concession stand will be available with light snacks and beverages. Cash only. The UNH dining halls will be open and are within walking distance. For more information, please visit their website.

  • An unsecured area will be provided with limited storage of back packs. This is an unsecured  location and will not be monitored by event staff.  UNH will not be held responsible for items left in this area. 

Instructions for schools arriving by bus

Bus drop off and pick up location is at the corner of Service Road and Library Way.  Map available here.

  • From Route 4 take Main Street thru rotary and continue past the Whittemore Center (on left).  Take a right at intersection just past the Whittemore Center onto College Road.  Proceed approximately a ¼ mile to Service Road on right.  Take a right and proceed behind the Service Building to the overpass at the corner of Library Way. 
  •  From downtown Durham, take Main Street past Thompson Hall.  Proceed approximately ¼ mile.  Proceed to next intersection and take a left onto College Road.  Proceed approximately a ¼ mile to Service Road on right.  Take a right and proceed behind the service building to the overpass at the corner of Library Way. 
  •  Guests will walk a short distance to the Jere A. Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory from Library Way.  Proceed under the overpass.  Once through the overpass, bear left.  Proceed straight and follow the signs to Ocean Discovery Day.
  •  Volunteers will be available at the drop off location to provide assistance as needed.  Individuals with mobility concerns should contact marine.information@unh.edu or 603-862-2959.

Bus parking is available at no charge in Moils Lot.  This lot is located off of Main Street.  When exiting Library Way, take a left onto College Road.  Proceed to lights.  Take a left onto Main Street.  Proceed thru traffic circle taking the second exit, continue on Main Street.  Mast Road is on the right.  Take a right and then the next right into parking lot. 

Parking instructions for those arriving by car 

Visitor parking is available in the Sage Way Visitor Lot, located next to the Parking & Transit Center at 20 Sage Way. The parking fee is $1.25 per hour. Please use the Pay & Display kiosks located in the lot to retrieve a parking permit which must be displayed on your vehicle’s dash board. Credit cards or coin accepted. Failure to display a parking permit will result in ticketing.

OVERFLOW PARKING: Should the Sage Way Visitor Lot fill, Ocean Discover Day participants may use Parking Lot A (Commuter/Faculty and Staff Parking) located directly across from the Sage Way Lot. A parking permit is required and must be displayed on your vehicle’s dash. Retrieve your parking permit from the Park & Display kiosk located in the Safe Way Lot.

Download parking and walking map.

Those needing reasonable accommodations including ADA parking should contact the Marine School office at marine.information@unh.edu or 603.862.2959.