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Milford Lab: Open House 2019
- Friday (October 2019, Date TBD): School Groups by Invitation
- Saturday (October 2019, Date TBD): General Public welcome from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Visit the NOAA Fisheries Milford Laboratory this year at our annual Open House to learn more about Long Island Sound and our research! Bring your curiosity and enthusiasm for ocean science.
About Our Open House
The open house is a unique opportunity for the public to tour an active fisheries lab, interact with scientists, and see first-hand the types of research projects that are conducted and how they serve the shellfish aquaculture industry and the wider community. The lab is divided into a series of interactive stations, each demonstrating a research topic, and each with a scientist on hand to present the material and answer questions. Hands on activities are available for all age groups; highlights include the "Touch Tank", an ocean chemistry experiment, fish printing, and the lab's history.
The first day of the open house is designated for local and regional school groups. As many as 500 students, from all grade levels, tour the lab in small groups. Often the school groups have completed related Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) curricula or projects, or bring study aids to complement their visit. This event both enhances learning in ocean science and provides an opportunity for career exploration. On the second day, the general public is invited to visit and tour the lab at their own pace; families, community groups, and curious community members are welcome. We hope you will consider a visit during our next open house.