science on the streets of Woods Hole and get an up-close view of a working research vessel. 


with people from 19 organizations and the discoveries they are making.

Take part

in science demos, hands-on activities, and crafts for kids.

Spread the Word


August 12, 2017 • 10am – 3pm

Water Street, Woods Hole

A FREE public event

1. Woods Hole Science Aquarium

Exhibits and tank displays of marine animals that live in the region, see and touch some up close in the behind the scenes touch tank. Step inside a life-size (43-foot) inflatable humpback whale (weather permitting) and learn more about whales at an outside display nearby.

2. NOAA Dock

NOAA Fisheries
Learn how to identify whales and sea turtles, track ocean currents, determine the age and growth of fish, and the life history of sharks. Talk with researchers about protected marine species like Atlantic salmon, changing ocean chemistry, and how we use drones and other technologies on marine research. See and learn about different fish species, what fisheries observers do,  the NOAA Corps, how drones are used in marine research, career opportunities and much more. Step inside a life-size (43-foot) inflatable humpback whale (weather permitting), and enjoy lots of hands-on and kids activities.

US Coast Guard (USCG)
Tour the USCG 45-foot response boat & watch a search and rescue demonstration at noon* with a USCG helicopter and rescue swimmer; experience a shipboard damage control simulator; learn knot tying and practice line handling skills. *Availability of activities is subject to change based on USCG operations.

3. Waterfront Park

500 Women Scientists
Science should be open, inclusive, and accessible. Visit the Woods Hole 500 Women Scientists to see how science is part of your every day life and learn about the diverse women in STEM fields. Find out about some of the amazing accomplishments that have been made—by famous scientists to the local women in our own community! Kids will enjoy seeing science in action with a hands-on experiment in “candy chromatography!

Sea Education Association/SEA Semester
A mix of marine and nautical science: identify cool critters, discover plastic marine debris, and learn to tie some good knots. Pick up a SEA Semester coloring book too!Sea Education Association will also present “Transatlantic: A Voyage of Discover,” a film by Capt. Chris Nolan (45 minutes). This documentary chronicles SEA Semester’s transatlantic passage from Woods Hole to Ireland in the summer of 2016. (Time and Place TBD)

US Geological Survey

  • *Will be displaying a Laser Spectrometer to show folks how we can measure greenhouse gases in the air
  • *Salt Marsh core samples and a running loop of a Salt Marsh erosion time-lapse video and distribute related and relevant marsh literature.
  • *Drone demonstration: USGS pilots will fly an unmanned quadcopter about the size of a pizza box at around 160 to 300 feet above ground level.
  • SeaBOSS demonstration over the side of the wall and into the water by our tent
  • *The SEABed Observation and Sampling System (SEABOSS) was designed by the Woods Hole Science Center for rapid, inexpensive, and effective collection of seabed images and sediment samples in coastal/inner-continental shelf regions. The observations from video and still cameras, along with sediments collected in the sampler, are used in conjunction geophysical mapping surveys to provide more comprehensive interpretations of seabed character.
  • *Free books on Coastal Landforms and Processes at the Cape Cod National Seashore will be distributed.

The Woods Hole Science and Technology Education Partnership (WHSTEP)
The non-profit Woods Hole Science & Technology Education Partnership (WHSTEP) is hosting an informational booth about the organization. WHSTEP is a resource network powered by the active partnership between the area science and technology research institutions &organizations and the regional K-12 school districts. Come visit our booth to learn about how we facilitate those connections to expand science learning and teaching resources. This fall, we are running a contest to design a new logo – stop by and grab an entry form or submit a design right there on the spot!

Woods Hole Historical Museum
Check out reprints of historical photographs and publications about the long history of science in Woods Hole. Learn about our navigation and shellfish exhibits. Special activities for children include learning to tie knots and about signal flags.

Woods Hole Research Center
Learn about climate change research conducted around the world by the Woods Hole Research Center. The soil is a vital yet often overlooked part our world. With interactive exhibits, learn more about the hidden half of the carbon cycle.

WCAI – the Cape, Coast, and Islands NPR Station
Learn about ocean animal sounds. Play a fun Guess the Science Sounds Game with WCAI’s Living Lab producer Elsa Partan and staff.

4. Marine Biological Laboratory Pierce Visitor Center and Gift Shop

Colorful exhibits tell the story of the MBL and its impact on life sciences.

5. Marine Biological Laboratory Marine Resources Center

Living Animal Exhibits
Under the Tents, next to Candle House 127 Water St., Woods Hole
Get up close to live marine creatures living in the waters surrounding Woods Hole. View octopus, squid, and other amazing cephalopods; peer inside a skate embryo, and learn about how MBL Scientists draw upon nature to teach us more about their lives, our environment, and even ourselves.

Marine Biological Laboratory Kids Activity
MBL Club, 100 Water St., Woods Hole Fish Printing at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Learn interesting facts and stories about fish and then use them to make your own fish fashion! Bring your own plain T-shirts or purchase on-site for ($5) Fish printing.

Marine Biological Laboratory Pierce Visitor Center and Gift Shop
Colorful, interactive exhibits and live displays tell the story of the MBL and its impact on life sciences.

6. Zephyr Education Foundation

See the effects of sea level rise, storm surge waves, and tsunamis as you model coastal processes using “augmented reality sandboxes.” The activities are suitable for ages 9 and up. Younger children benefit from adult supervision. Also, Falmouth STEM Boosters will be highlighting safe viewing of the August 21st solar eclipse and offering free eclipse viewing glasses (one per family while supply lasts…). Falmouth STEM Boosters is a non-profit all-volunteer organization connecting Falmouth Public School teachers and students with science, technology, engineering and math resources and opportunities.

7. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Dock

Tour the Research Vessel Atlantis
Reserve a space for your tour* of the Research Vessel Atlantis. Learn about the research conducted aboard the ship and see what it’s like to live onboard. *Reservations required. Visitors to the ship must have a valid photo ID. Please wear sensible shoes; no backpacks, no strollers.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution displays
See the ocean research submersible Alvin and some other working oceanographic instruments and research vehicles used in oceans around the world. Make your own Science Stroll souvenirs at the kids’ activities table.

8. WHOI Redfield Auditorium

At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., the Woods Hole Film Festival will be screening the 2017 Filmmaker in Residence Josh Seftel’s film “Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers.” Each program will be about an hour, but the folks can come and go.

9. Buzzards Bay Coalition Woods Hole Outreach Center

Explore a marine touch tank full of animals from Buzzards Bay and hands-on family friendly activities.

10. WHOI Ocean Science Exhibit Center

Videos, displays, and exhibits include marine mammals, Titanic, hydrothermal vents, polar research and many more. Check out Splash Lab science demos.

Tour the WHOI Research Vessel Atlantis and see the submersible Alvin

Limited tickets available. Get your free tickets now.

Tours of the WHOI Research Vessel Atlantis will be in 15 minute intervals starting at 10:00 am.

Visitors to the ship must have a valid photo ID. Tours require the ability to climb several flights of stairs. Please wear sensible shoes; no backpacks, no strollers and no gum.

Limited off street parking We encourage people to ride their bikes or take the WHOOSH Trolley to Woods Hole Village.