NEWPORT, Ore. – Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center will host its annual science fair and open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 8.
Marine Science Day is a free, family-friendly event showcasing the diverse marine research occurring at Hatfield. It was held virtually during the pandemic but returns to an in-person event this year.
The theme this year is “One Community: Above and Below.” Marine Science Day will include exhibits featuring more than two dozen Hatfield-based scientists; behind-the-scenes tours; hands-on, interactive activities and more.
Keynote speaker Sarah Gravem, a marine ecologist and research associate with the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO) group at Oregon State, will discuss recent changes in the kelp forest and rocky intertidal ecosystems. The talk will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. in the auditorium of the Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building.
Other scheduled activities include:
All tours are first-come, first-served; tickets are available at the tour desk in the Hatfield Visitor Center lobby.
Among the OSU labs and groups participating in the open house are the Marine Mammal Institute; the Big Fish Lab; the Molluscan Broodstock Program; the Small Boats program; and the Scientific Diving program.
Exhibits from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture also will be featured.
The Visitor Center will also be free and open to visitors all day. Hatfield Marine Science Center is at 2030 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport.
About OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center: The center is a research and teaching facility located in Newport, Ore., on the Yaquina Bay estuary, about one mile from the open waters of the Pacific Ocean. It plays an integral role in programs of marine and estuarine research and instruction, as a laboratory serving resident scientists, as a base for far-ranging oceanographic studies and as a classroom for students. In addition to Oregon State researchers and students, its campus includes research activities and facilities from five different state and federal agencies.