Ocean Discovery Day

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, touch a horseshoe crab and see the plankton that form the base of the food chain in N.H.’s Great Bay. Watch a SCUBA diving demonstration to learn how UNH scientists conduct research below the waves, and learn more about marine snow and tern restoration at the Isles of Shoals.

Public Open House

Water testing at Ocean Discovery Day

Saturday, September 29, 2018 10:00AM - 3:00 PM

Members of the general public are welcomed to join us at the Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory on the UNH Durham campus and enjoy family-friendly, hands-on demonstrations, tours and talks.

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Autonomous Underwater Vehicles at Ocean Discovery Day

Faculty, students, staff and partners are welcomed to join us in showing marine science initiatives at Ocean Discovery Day. This is an opportunity for organizations to promote efforts in the area of marine science, STEM education, marine history, etc.

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Student Day

Dissecting a squid at Ocean Discovery Day

Friday, September 28, 2018 8:30AM - 2:00PM

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.

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Volunteer with student and horsecrab 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.

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