Student Open House

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Ocean Discovery Day Volunte with student and horseshoe crab

Student learning about horseshoe crabs at Ocean Discovery Day!

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.

Friday, October 18, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

SPECIAL NOTICE:

Bus drop off and pick up locations have changed. Please see updated Parking and Bus Information below for details.

Presentations / Scheduled Activities

Time Presentation Title Location
9:00 a.m. Diving Demonstration

 Area D -
High Bay

9:30 a.m. Autonomous Surface Vehicle (ASV) Demonstration Area D - High Bay

9:30 a.m.
and
10:00 a.m.

Marsh-nesting birds and the rising tides presented by Dr. Adrienne Kovach

Tidal marshes are harsh environments and few animals are able to live in them. This talk will explain how a few species of marsh-nesting birds are uniquely adapted to living with the tides and how sea-level rise is impacting their ability to do so. 

Area E -
Chase 105

10:00 a.m. Diving Demonstration Area D -
High Bay
10:30 a.m. Autonomous Surface Vehicle (ASV) Demonstration Area D - High Bay

10:30 a.m.
and
11:00 a.m.

Do Fish Have Germs? presented by Dr. Stephen Jones, Research Associate Professor, Natural Resources and the Environment

Area E -
Chase 105

11:00 a.m. Diving Demonstration Area D -
High Bay
11:30 a.m. Autonomous Surface Vehicle (ASV) Demonstration Area D - High Bay

11:30 a.m.
and
12:00 p.m.

Sounds in the Sea:The Art and Science of the Ocean presented by Lindsay Olson, Artist

After spending a month aboard an ocean-going research vessel with UNH marine scientists, Artist Lindsay Olson was inspired to creat textile-based art that visually documents the underwater soundscape of sea life in the Atlantic Ocean. Join us for a fascinating dive into a world where art meets underwater acoustics--The study of sound to learn about life in the ocean.

Area E -
Chase 105

12:00 p.m. Diving Demonstration Area D -
High Bay
12:30 p.m. Autonomous Surface Vehicle (ASV) Demonstration Area D - High Bay
1:00 p.m. Diving Demonstration Area D -
High Bay

Exhibits

Topic/Exhibitor Name

3-D Topography Sandbox - Possibly the coolest sandbox ever! You can "move mountains" with our 3D topography sandbox. Every hill, valley, or mountain you create in the sand will automatically change color to match its new "elevation" – and it's all projected on the screen!

Aquaculture – Integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) is a self-contained aquaculture system that allows multiple species to grow at the same time within a single floating structure. “Multi-trophic” refers to levels of a food web. Each of the different species in the IMTA system provides a benefit to the others: Steelhead trout, blue mussels, kelp and dulse. Find out why aquaculture is important to the local economy.

Autonomous Surface Vehicles – These unmanned surface vehicles play a vital role in collecting data for our researchers.

Blue Ocean Society – Come meet Ladder the life size inflatable whale and learn about local efforts to collect marine debris and protect our marine mammals.

CEPS - The College of Engineering and Physical Sciences STEMbassadors will be on hand to offer hands-on STEM activities including testing wind turbines, a Vex robotics race and a mock oil spill response.

Character Corner – You and your friends can take a selfie with Will the Krill in our Character Corner. Post #UNHOCEAN

Coastal Bathymetry Survey System (CBASS) – This modified jet ski is used to help measure our coastal shores.

Marine Invertebrates with the Coastal Marine Laboratory – GPS on a lobster?!? Find out what researchers are learning as the track lobsters in their natural habitat.

Coastal Rompers Girl Scout Troop

COLSA – Admissions – Thinking about a career in Marine Biology? Come talk to our admission staff about how we can help you!

Deep Ocean Exploration SeaPerch Program – Drive a Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle (ROV).

Diving Demonstrations - Diving demonostration will take place in the Engineering Tank. Please check back for schedule.

Does it Float – Buoyancy – What makes some objects floats and others sink?

Drones – Researchers rely on drones to help monitor our coastal waters.

Earth Sciences/IODP (International Ocean Discovery Program) Scientific Ocean Drilling

Estuaries - Estuaries occur where "rivers meet the sea." They provide critical wildlife habitat, nurseries for many marine species, buffering from coastal flooding, recreational enjoyment, and safe harbor for marine commerce and the maritime industry. New Hampshire is home to two major estuaries: the Great Bay Estuary and the Hampton-Seabrook Estuary.

Fish Printing – Creating art with fish!

Fresh Water Quality and Water Chemistry- The exhibit will be a simulation of land use and ecosystem effects on water quality. A water quality sensor will measure turbidity, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, nitrate, organic matter, temperature. Visitors will be guided through ecosystem manipulations, such as road salt application, algae blooms, fertilizer application, leaf fall, and they can watch how water chemistry changes on a computer monitor in real time. The exhibit will promote watershed health and ecosystem thinking, as well as exposure to some of the technologies used in research.

Gulf of Maine Marine Education Association - Marine Education Resources

Gundalow - A gundalow is a shallow drafted type of cargo barge, once common in the Gulf of Maine’s rivers and estuaries. Learn about the history of the Gundalow and how The Gundalow Company using the Piscataqua to keep that history alive.

Kelp - Are you taller than a Kelp blade? and Tiny Critters in the Great Bay.

Lobsters! Have you ever measured a lobster? How about banding a lobster? Give both a try at this exhibit!

Lumpfish – Have you ever heard of a lumpfish? Find out why UNH scientists and students are studying lumpfish here in New Hampshire.

Mapping the Sea Floor – Over 70% of the earth is covered by water, yet on 10% of it is mapped. Find out how UNH scientists are mapping the ocean floors and why.

Marine Mammals Program – Ever wonder how a whale stays warm in the fridge ocean waters or how long is a humpback whale? Visit the Marine Mammals table to find the answers to both questions and more!

Marine Microbes - Small but Mighty!

Ocean Currents - Boats and Drifters with Educational Passages – Educational Passages offers school groups an opportunity to build and set sail drifters. Learn how!

Ocean Exploration through Telepresence – Find out how researchers are remotely exploring the ocean.

Ocean Visualization – Researchers collect and data this data is transferred into advanced visualization tools through the “VisLab”.

Oyster Restoration - The Nature Conservancy

Oyster River Cat – Sailboat – Learn how you can build your own sailboat!

Plate Tectonics – Plate tectonics is a scientific theory describing the large-scale motion of seven large plates and the movements of smaller plates. What happens when these plates move?

Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP) – PREP is working to help keep our estuaries healthy. Learn how.

Rocky Shore/Marine Touch Tank

Salt Marsh Resilience to Sea-Level Rise – Learn how salt marshes are affected by sea level rise.

SCUBA – SCUBA equipment demos.

Seacoast Science Center - What should you do if you spot a seal or other marine mammal on the beach? Our partners from The Seacoast Science Center's Marine Mammal Rescue Team know the answers and will share with you at Ocean Discovery Day!

Settle Down! Surfs Up! – What happens when the oceans over wash our sea walls?

Shoals Marine Laboratory – Educational opportunities on Appledore Island!

Sounds in The Sea: Ocean Acoustics - Art and Science  - Artist Lindsay Olson from Columbia College Chicago will display textile-based art that visually documents the underwater soundscape of sea life in the Atlantic Ocean. 

Squid Dissection – Dissect a squid! This is a popular activity that takes approximately 30 minutes. Dissections will take place every 40 minutes beginning at 8:45 a.m. and will continue until we run out of squid! Participants can expect to wait in line for the activity. Place holding is not allowed.

Under the Gulf of Maine

Underwater Robotics w/UNH's ROV and ASV Teams – UNH students design and construct their own underwater remotely operated vehicles.

UNH Earth Systems Research Center – Learn how land use and our ecosystems affect water quality. Visitors will be guided through ecosystem manipulations, such as road salt application, algae blooms, fertilizer application, leaf fall, and they can watch how water chemistry changes on a computer monitor in real time.

UNH Research Vessels – R/V Challenger and R/V Gulf Surveyor – Research vessels are an important tool to marine scientists. Learn the different ways vessels are to conduct marine research.

Weather Forecasting/Visualization – Check out the interactive weather forecasting map.

Water Characteristics

And so much more!

Program is subject to change.

Check back next week to download a printable map!

  • 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, and ASV demonostrations are scheduled activities. Please check schedule when you arrive.
  • 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-served 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. Food will be available within walking distance. For more information, please visit the UNH Dining 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. 

Special Accommodations and ADA Parking

Those needing reasonable accommodations including ADA parking should contact the Marine School office at marine.information@unh.edu or (603) 862-2959.

Instructions for schools arriving by bus

The Bus drop-off and pick-up location is at the corner of the service access road (not on GPS) and Colovos Drive. A map is available here.

  • From Route 4 take Main Street to rotary and take the Wildcat Stadium exit. Continue past Bremmer Field, behind the stadium and past soccer field. At lift gate, take right onto Colovos Road. Student drop area is on the right just after you make the turn.
  •  From downtown Durham, take Main Street west to rotary and take the Wildcat Stadium exit. Continue past Bremmer Field, behind the stadium and past soccer field. At lift gate, take right onto Colovos Road. Student drop area is on the right just after you make the turn.
  •  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 S Lot. This lot is located off of Main Street.  When exiting South Road, take a left onto College Road. Proceed thru traffic circle taking the second exit, continue on Main Street. Pass Mast Road on the left and proceed to next driveway to the UNH Transportation Garage. S Lot is located behind the garage. 

Parking instructions for those arriving by car 

Visitor parking is available in the A Lot (Commuter/Faculty and Staff Parking), 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 at the Parking and Transit Center. A parking permit which must be displayed on your vehicle’s dash board. Vehicles not displaying a permit on the dash will be ticketed. Credit cards or coin accepted.

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.

Registration for groups larger than ten is required.

Large Group Registration

Registrations for groups of less then ten is appreciated, but not mandatory.

Small Group Registration

Special Accommodations & ADA Parking

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