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#WoodsHoleScienceStroll

Saturday, August 10, 2024 • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Water Street, Woods Hole, MA

Join us for a celebration of the world-class ocean science happening in Woods Hole! This family-friendly annual event features hands-on activities and opportunities to learn about Woods Hole’s six major science institutions, the U.S. Coast Guard, and local environment and education-focused non-profits.  New this year: an exhibit about NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Europa Clipper mission and the Boston Ballet's ÜNI dome.

Please see the special event schedule, events by venue, participating organizations and information about parking and how to get here.

New this Year

Voyage of Europa Clipper: Exploring an Alien Ocean

WHOI’s Redfield Auditorium (45 Water St.), Ocean Science Discovery Center (15 School St.) and the WHOI dock

The exhibit, presented by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in collaboration with WHOI,  features interactive experiments and activities for visitors to learn about the Europa Clipper mission. Models of the spacecraft, its on-board instruments– and a giant model of Europa itself– will demonstrate NASA’s scientific goals: searching for conditions that could support life on Jupiter’s ice-covered moon. 

 Ocean exploration and the discovery of deep-sea life on Earth is essential to the search for life on other Ocean Worlds. You can find out more on at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. when Cynthia Phillips, Europa Clipper Project staff scientist and WHOI senior scientist Chris German will meet at Redfield Auditorium to talk about the intersection of ocean and space exploration in the search for life beyond Earth. Learn more about the Ocean Worlds project. 

Boston Ballet

WHOI Dock

Take a break inside Boston Ballet’s ÜNI dome, an immersive pop-up theater showcasing La Mer, a 2023 work by acclaimed choreographer Nanine Lining. Created in conversation with WHOI scientists, the ballet’s theme of ocean preservation will resonate with visitors who appreciate art, science, and the ocean that sustains us all. 

Events by Venue

1. NOAA’s Woods Hole Science Aquarium

Stop by the Nation’s oldest public aquarium! The Woods Hole Science Aquarium was added to the Woods Hole Lab in 1875 as a working research aquarium. Even then it was opened to the public. People could stroll through and learn about some of the local sea life. Today, it’s open year-round and is home to approximately 80 species of marine animals found in Northeast and Mid-Atlantic waters. Enjoy:

2. NOAA Dock

 NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center

There’s a place where history and fisheries science come together. Where people’s love of the ocean is only matched by their desire to serve. Where knowledge is shared for the benefit of all. Welcome to NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center! Journey through our exhibit area and talk with scientists, staff, and special guests to learn more about us and what we do to support sustainable fish and seafood, protect and recover marine life, conserve habitats, and more! The U.S. Coast Guard will also have an exhibit area where you can learn about the great work they do. Be sure to tour the inflatable whale Salt,  and our small but mighty research vessel the R/V Gloria Michelle.

 United States Coast Guard (USCG)

Come meet members from the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and learn about what they do.  You can also tour a USCG small boat. There will also be a Search and Rescue demonstration at 11 a.m. in Waterfront Park (subject to change depending on real life events).

3. Waterfront Park

Buzzards Bay Coalition

Stop by the Buzzards Bay Coalition tent for all things Buzzards Bay! Check out our giant scallop model, learn about the importance of clean water for all of our Bay's wildlife, and take home a fun craft.

Falmouth Water Stewards

The mission of Falmouth Water Stewards (FWS) is to protect, preserve, and restore Falmouth’s bays, estuaries, salt ponds, and fresh waters through education, advocacy, and citizen science. FWS informs the public about the most pressing water quality issues of the day, engages citizens as stewards and caretakers of our waters, and is a voice at Town Meeting. In collaboration with the Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC), FWS participates in cyanobacteria monitoring and sampling Falmouth ponds for the Cape Cod Freshwater Initiative. With funding from the Falmouth Community Preservation Fund in addition to private donations, FWS installed over twenty water-refill stations throughout Falmouth, including the station at Waterfront Park in Woods Hole. FWS informs the public about the most pressing water quality issues of the day and engages citizens as stewards and caretakers of our waters. At the Science Stroll, we will distribute education materials on the water cycle, water conservation, and how to protect our freshwater and saltwater resources

ResilientWoodsHole

ResilientWoodsHole is a private-public initiative working to ensure that Woods Hole prospers into the future in the face of major climate impacts. Visit the ResilientWoodsHole tent to learn more about sea level rise and coastal storm flooding, some ways to adapt, and some projects ResilientWoodsHole is working on. Our tent features maps, posters, and an activity for kids. Stop by and talk to some of ResilientWoodsHole researchers about climate change impacts in Woods Hole!

Sea Education Association

Visit Sea Education Association's interactive display to learn more about marine plastics, ocean creatures, and current research from SEA students and faculty. For over 50 years, SEA has been educating students all over the world, providing students with the opportunity to conduct oceanographic research. Stop by and talk to our experts to learn more!

United States Geological Survey (USGS)

Science for a changing world! Watch drone demonstrations, use our virtual reality goggles, learn about coastal modeling, and more!

 Woods Hole Science and Technology Education Partnership (WHSTEP)

This year WHSTEP will be promoting the importance of pollinators (bees, etc). Children can decorate an envelope and we'll add some soil and some flower seeds for them to plant and help to feed the bees! A bee exhibit/info is planned to be on display. Mugs will be available for purchase to help support Teacher mini grants.

Woodwell Climate Research Center

Be part of climate science for change! Learn about the incredible superpowers of trees and forests, and track climate solutions right here on Cape Cod.

Woods Hole Children's School of Science

Come and learn about our hands-on summer science classes for ages 7-16.  We'll have some of the different organisms we've found over the course of the summer for you to observe and other fun activities.

Oyster Pond Environmental Trust

Visit the Oyster Pond Environmental Trust booth to discover the wonders of Oyster Pond! Explore our herring run game, learn about local conservation efforts dedicated to preserving this vital ecosystem, and enjoy our hands-on activity. Meet our passionate team, who can answer your questions about protecting and sustaining the natural beauty of Oyster Pond for future generations.

4. MBL Pierce Exhibit Center and Gift Shop

Learn more about the Marine Biological Laboratory by visiting the Pierce Exhibit Center. Colorful exhibits, designed for all ages, tell the story of the MBL and its impact on life sciences. Live animals, stunning underwater video footage, a hands-on microscope, and an interactive squid are all part of the visitor experience.

5. Marine Biological Laboratory

Get up close to live marine creatures living in the waters surrounding Woods Hole.  Meet MBL Scientists and learn how they draw upon nature to teach us more about our environment and even ourselves.

6. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)

Immerse yourself in science on the WHOI dock. Check out some of the various autonomous and remotely operated vehicles we use to explore the ocean as well as many displays featuring world-class ocean science research.

Boston Ballet

Take a break inside Boston Ballet’s ÜNI domean immersive pop-up theater showcasing La Mer2023 work by acclaimed choreographer Nanine Lining. Created in conversation with WHOI scientists, the ballet’s theme of ocean preservation will resonate with visitors who appreciate art, science, and the ocean that sustains us all. 

Falmouth Academy

Learn about one of Falmouth Academy's signature program: Science in the Real World. Current Falmouth Academy students will share their experiences participating in regional and state science and engineering fairs, working alongside local Woods Hole scientists in internships and mentorships, and taking part in our new 9th grade curriculum centered around climate change.  Members of the school's Women in Science and Engineering Club will have a fun hands-on activity for children of all ages.

Broader Impacts Group

The Broader Impacts Group (BIG) is a primarily student-organized group at WHOI with a mission to connect members of WHOI to the larger community. At the Science Stroll, members of the Broader Impacts Group will display their educational demonstrations that they take to local schools. These demonstrations are meant to capture a wide range of ages and to encourage students and their families to ask questions about WHOI research.

WHOI Sea Grant

Immerse yourself in ocean science and engineering on the WHOI dock. Various underwater robots, oceanographic sensors, and offshore moorings will be on display, with researchers explaining how they’re used to conduct research throughout the world ocean.

Woods Hole Diversity Initiative and Diversity Advisory Committee

Stop by the Woods Hole Diversity Initiative and Diversity Advisory Committee booth to learn about our efforts to foster an inclusive community! Discover our programs and initiatives aimed at promoting diversity in the sciences, engage with our dedicated team members to discuss our impact, and discover how you can get involved in supporting diversity and inclusion in Woods Hole.

7. WHOI Redfield Auditorium

The Woods Hole Film Festival presents the short documentary BRUCE & ALVIN about the history and future of Alvin, one of the world’s only remaining publicly-funded manned submersibles, as told through the eyes of long-time Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution pilot Bruce Strickrott. This documentary by Josh Seftel is 24 minutes and will be shown at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.

Also in Redfield Auditorium, Cynthia Phillips, Europa Clipper Project staff scientist and WHOI senior scientist Chris German will talk about the intersection of ocean and space exploration in the search for life beyond Earth as part of the special Europa Clipper exhibit. Presentations will be held at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

8. WHOI Ocean Science Discovery Center

Visitors to the WHOI Ocean Science Discovery Center learn about the Institution's ocean science research, engineering, and exploration.

9. Woods Hole Historical Museum (WHHM)

Learn about the historic impact of hurricanes on Woods Hole by viewing our display of dramatic archival photographs. We’ll also be featuring our Woods Hole Spritsail Boat model kit, ready for assembly, painting and sailing, as well as knot-tying and other nautical-themed activities.