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Marine Lab opens doors for spring open house

The Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory is opening its doors this Saturday for its 2017 open house with the theme Coastal Literacy: Connecting Marine Science and Society.

“We’re opening our doors to let people see what kind of work we do,” said Felicia Coleman, director of the Marine Lab. “It’s important that the public understands how important science is to their lives and how important oceans are to their lives.”

The action-packed day will have fun for people of all ages. Kids can participate in a scavenger hunt where they interact with FSU scientists, check out a shark jaw display and explore the R/V Apalachee, the lab’s 65-foot research vessel. Visitors can also hear lectures from researchers at the lab and discover everything you want to know about deep sea corals, grouper habitats and conservation.

Attendees can also check out interactive displays from WeatherSTEM, a platform created by Marine Lab board member and Tallahassee entrepreneur Ed Mansouri that integrates weather station data and STEM-based curriculum for grades K-12. 

The open house will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at the FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory, 3618 Coastal Highway 98, St. Teresa, Fla.