OCEAN DISCOVERY DAY 2013
Ocean Discovery Day
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary and the NOAA Fisheries Service Galveston Laboratory are happy to once again sponsor NOAA Ocean Discovery Day.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
NOAA Galveston Facility
4700 Avenue U
Galveston, TX 77551
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This FREE event is designed to introduce residents and visitors to NOAA programs in their community.
Download a flyer (549kb pdf)
Visitors learn about corals and how they grow at
Ocean Discovery Day 2010
Come enjoy hands-on activities that illustrate real science, see the sea turtles in the grow-out facility, learn how dolphins are rescued, talk to the scientists, educators, law enforcement officers, and managers responsible for the many services NOAA provides in this part of the Gulf.
NOAA's Sea Turtle Facility will be open to the
public during Ocean Discovery Day
This year, we are also part of the Texas Nature Challenge. Sign-up to participate then download your first challenge for Ocean Discovery Day. We'll have extra copies of the challenge at the event, as well (just in case)!
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Flower Garden Banks Activities
While activities will be happening all over the NOAA Galveston Lab, we'd like to point out a few special things taking place at Building 216, headquarters for Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary.
Mural Painting - Help us create a mosaic mural showcasing the kelp forests and creatures of our west coast sanctuaries. Don't worry about the mess, we'll provide the smocks!
This coral reef mural was created at
Ocean Discovery Day 2011. Come help us create a new one this year!
Shipwreck Mapping - Learn about our help with mapping the shipwreck of the USS Hatteras, the only Union vessel sunk in the Gulf of Mexico during the Civil War.
Sanctuary History - Visit displays about what we've learned, explored, and accomplished during the past 21 years of managing the Flower Garden Banks sanctuary. There are at least 20 Things to Love about the sanctuary!
Additional Discovery Day Information:
- It will probably take 1-2 hours to see everything that will be available during the event. No reservations are required.
- Most activities will be inside the various buildings on property, but some demonstrations will be set up outside. You may visit as many or as few as you wish.
- Some activities may help students meet requirements for various scout badges/awards.
- There will be no food or drink vendors at this event.
- Handicap parking is available on the grounds. All other parking will be located outside the fence along Avenue U (north side of facility) and Fort Crockett Boulevard (south side).
A young visitor looks at a fish otolith under the microscope
If you still have questions, please email us at
or call Shelley DuPuy at 409-621-5151, ext. 106.
View Ocean Discovery Day 2012 photos
View Ocean Discovery Day 2011 photos
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