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July 9, 2018
Contact: Shelley Dawicki

Woods Hole Science Stroll August 11 Offers Free Family Science Activities

More than a dozen organizations in Woods Hole will offer exhibits, demonstrations, hands-on displays and children’s activities during the 2018 Woods Hole Science Stroll. The free public event, offering something for the entire family, will be held on Saturday, August 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Water Street in Woods Hole.

Stroll activities include tours of a research vessel and a sailing ship, a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter search and rescue demonstration (weather permitting), a chance to see instruments that explore the deep sea, and learning about whales and sea turtles, squid, plastics in the ocean, coastal erosion, climate change and much more.

Lots of Activities, Ship Tours

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. The Sea Education Association’s 134-foot tall ship Corwith Cramer will also be open for tours at nearby Dyers Dock. Visitors can sign up for free ship tour reservations (recommended) for both vessels on the Woods Hole Science Stroll web site.

Demonstrations and kids activities will be available at a number of locations along Water Street from the WHOI Ocean Science Discovery 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 at the end of Water Street and its Woods Hole Science Aquarium. The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) will offer living animal exhibits under tents at 127 Water Street and fish printing for kids at the MBL Club, next door to their visitor center at 100 Water Street.

Waterfront Park Exhibits

Waterfront Park will be the site for interactive and informational displays from local organizations, including Woods Hole Science and Technology Education Partnership, Falmouth Water Stewards, 500 Women Scientists, Woods Hole Historical Museum and WCAI, the Cape, Coast and Islands NPR Station. Learn more about the partnership between regional K-12 school districts and Woods Hole science and technology organizations to expand science learning and teaching resources. Find out about how science is part of your everyday life, learn how to reduce single use plastics in the environment, and find out about the many accomplishments of women in science and engineering, many of them women in the local community. Check out reprints of historical photographs and publications about the long history of science in Woods Hole, and learn how to be a reporter at WCAI's Living Lab Radio Booth.

The Sea Education Association will offer a mix of displays and activities on marine and nautical science featuring cool critters, plastic marine debris and tying knots. The Woods Hole Research Center will display their international and local science – from maps of global forest carbon to a demonstration of the equipment used to tag and track migrating herring in Cape Cod Rivers. The U.S. Geological Survey will offer Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) demonstrations, and provide live interactive demonstrations of underwater video capabilities from the SEABed Observation and Sampling System (SEABOSS) in the shallow waters off the wall at Waterfront Park. Free scientific materials, including maps and books, will also be distributed.

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 will be among many exhibits, demonstrations and hands-on activities offered at the NOAA Fisheries Lab at the end of Water Street. 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 on display nearby (weather permitting).

U.S Coast Guard on the NOAA Dock

The U.S. Coast Guard will also have demonstrations and displays available at the NOAA dock at 166 Water Street. Station Woods Hole will have a 45-foot response boat available for tours. The Coast Guard Auxiliary will have a boating safety display, and visitors can experience a shipboard damage control simulation, learn knot tying and practice line handling skills. Air Station Cape Cod will demonstrate an at-sea rescue with a helicopter and rescue swimmer, weather and operations permitting.

Woods Hole Science Stroll Partners

Participating organizations in the 2018 Woods Hole Science Stroll are the Marine Biological Laboratory; NOAA Fisheries Northeast Fisheries Science Center; Sea Education Association; Woods Hole Research Center; Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; United States Geological Survey; Buzzards Bay Coalition; Woods Hole Historical Museum; U.S. Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England, Air Station Cape Cod, and Station Woods Hole; Woods Hole Film Festival; 500 Women Scientists; Falmouth Water Stewards; Woods Hole Science and Technology Education Partnership; and WCAI, the Cape, Coast and Islands NPR Station.

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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Video clips from the Woods Hole Science Stroll. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Heather Soulen