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July 29, 2015
Contact: Shelley Dawicki

Woods Hole Science Stroll August 9 Offers Free Family Science Activities

Interested in touring a research vessel, seeing the submersible ALVIN and other ocean robots, or learning about research on whales and sea turtles, squid, plastics in the ocean, and climate change?

These activities are just a few of the many exhibits, demonstrations and displays to be featured by Woods Hole science organizations during the Woods Hole Science Stroll. The free public event, offering something for the entire family, will be held August 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Water Street in Woods Hole.

The NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow will be open for tours at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) dock, with the submersible ALVIN and other WHOI ocean robots on display nearby. The WHOI Ocean Science Exhibit Center, featuring interactive ocean exhibits, will be open on School Street. Visitors can see squid and other aquatic organisms in research tanks at the MBL Marine Resources Center, and learn about biology, biomedicine and environmental science research at the MBL Visitors Center on Water Street.

How plastic interacts with the marine environment will be featured in a Sea Education Association (SEA) display in Waterfront Park, and in additional exhibits on the SEA campus on Woods Hole Road. Climate research conducted at the Woods Hole Research Center, named the #1 climate change think tank in the world, will be presented at another display in Waterfront Park.

Research on sharks, whales and sea turtles, fish, aquaculture, water chemistry and plankton will be among many exhibits, demonstrations and hands-on activities offered at the NOAA Fisheries Lab at the end of Water Street. The Lab’s Woods Hole Science Aquarium, featuring 140 species of marine animals, a touch tank, and harbor seals in an outdoor pool, will also be open for this event.

Participating organizations in the Woods Hole Science Stroll are the Marine Biological Laboratory, NOAA Fisheries, NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations, Sea Education Association, Woods Hole Research Center, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Limited free parking will be available in designated lots. Visitors are encouraged to ride their bikes or take the WHOOSH trolley to Woods Hole Village as parking is limited. To learn more, visit sciencestroll.eventbrite.com or call 508-289-2252.

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