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August 1, 2017
Contact: Shelley Dawicki

Woods Hole Science Stroll August 12 Offers Free Family Science Activities

18 organizations participating at locations along Water Street

Are you interested in touring a research vessel, watching a search and rescue demonstration with a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter, seeing instruments that explore the deep sea or learning about whales and sea turtles, squid, plastics in the ocean, coastal erosion, climate change and much more?

These are some of the many exhibits, demonstrations, hands-on displays and children’s activities to be featured by more than a dozen Woods Hole science organizations during the 2017 Woods Hole Science Stroll. The free public event, offering something for the entire family, will be held on Saturday, August 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Water Street in Woods Hole.

The 274-foot research vessel Atlantis will be open for tours at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) dock, alongside displays of oceanographic instruments and research vehicles used by WHOI researchers, including the deep-diving submersible Alvin. Visitors can sign up for reservations for free ship tours on the Woods Hole Science Stroll web site.  The visiting Eastern-rig dragger Roann from Mystic Seaport will also be open for tours at nearby Dyers Dock.

The Woods Hole Film Festival will screen the film “Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers” by 2017 Filmmaker-in- Residence Josh Seftel at WHOI’s Redfield Auditorium. Demonstrations and kids' activities will be available at a number of locations in the village and along Water Street, from the WHOI Ocean Science Exhibit Center at 15 School Street and the Buzzards Bay Coalition’s Woods Hole Outreach Center at 21 Luscombe Avenue to NOAA’s Woods Hole Laboratory and its Woods Hole Science Aquarium at the end of Water Street and on Albatross Street.

Zephyr Education Foundation at 97 Water Street will feature “augmented reality sandboxes” and Falmouth STEM Boosters will be highlighting safe viewing of the August 21 solar eclipse, while the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) will offer living animal exhibits under tents at 127 Water Street and kids activities at the MBL Club, next door to their visitor center at 100 Water Street.

Waterfront Park will be the site of numerous interactive and informational displays from local organizations, including Woods Hole Science and Technology Education Partnership, Falmouth Water Stewards, 500 Women Scientists and WCAI (the Cape, Coast and Islands NPR Station). The Sea Education Association will offer a mix of displays and activities on marine and nautical science featuring cool critters, plastic marine debris and knot-tying. The carbon cycle and climate change will be the focus of exhibits at the Woods Hole Research Center. The U.S. Geological Survey will display instruments to measure greenhouse gases and collect seabed images and sediment samples, and show time-lapse videos of coastal erosion.

At the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Lab at the end of Water Street, exhibits, demonstraytions and hands-on activities will focus on research on sharks, whales, and sea turtles; fish biology; water chemistry and plankton; ocean surface drifters to track surface currents and other sensors; and cooperative research programs with the fishing industry. The NOAA Lab’s Woods Hole Science Aquarium, featuring 95 species of marine animals and a touch tank, will be open for this event, with a life-size inflatable humpback whale and other information about whales on display nearby.

The U.S. Coast Guard will also have demonstrations and displays available at the NOAA dock at 166 Water Street.  Station Woods Hole will offer tours of a 45-foot response boat; the Coast Guard Auxiliary will have a boating safety display; a Damage Control “wet trainer” available for the public to learn about controlling shipboard flooding; and Searc- and-Rescue demonstration with a helicopter and rescue swimmer conducted by Air Station Cape Cod.

Organizations participating in the Woods Hole Science Stroll are the Marine Biological Laboratory; NOAA Fisheries; NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations; NOAA National Center for Environmental Information Regional Climate Services; Sea Education Association; Woods Hole Research Center; Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; Buzzards Bay Coalition; Woods Hole Historical Museum; U.S. Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England, Air Station Cape Cod, and Station Woods Hole; Zephyr Education Foundation; Woods Hole Film Festival; 500 Women Scientists; Falmouth STEM Boosters; Falmouth Water Stewards; Woods Hole Science and Technology Education Partnership; and WCAI, the Cape, Coast and Islands NPR Station.

In addition to some metered on-street parking, limited free parking will be available in designated lots. Visitors are encouraged to ride their bikes or take the WHOOSH trolley from Falmouth to Woods Hole Village as parking in the village is limited.

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