Here's what's on the agenda - More details coming soon

THEME: Our Ocean, Our Future

TIME: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

EXHIBITS - Throughout the day, you are welcome to visit marine science exhibitors who will share their work and answer questions. Last year, we had 41 exhibits and 124 exhibitors from labs and research programs based on the Hatfield campus.

PLUS the Hatfield Visitor Center will be open free of charge during this event.

This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome!

Featured Tours | 10:30 a.m. - noon

10:30 a.m. | Seawater Tours - 45 minutes, 15 people per tour.

  • Description: Explore the inner workings of Hatfield's sophisticated seawater distribution system, which supplies reliable access to the high-quality seawater needed for a variety of experiments and research.  This walking tour will take you into the pump house and show you the filtration system and the innovative chorine generator in the effluent treatment center. Pumping a million gallons of seawater a day to all the research labs on the Hatfield campus, this seawater system is a key piece of the research infrastructure at the Hatfield Marine Science Center.

10:30 a.m. | Tsunami Vertical Evacuation Tour, Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building - 45 minutes, 20 people per tour.

  • Description: The Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building on the Hatfield Marine Science Center campus was built using state-of-the-art architectural and engineering techniques, making it the first universally accessible vertical evacuation tsunami site in the United States. Ride the emergency elevator or walk the access ramp to high ground on the roof and explore the disaster cache that will take care of people for up to two days after a tsunami. The addition of this building improves the safety of those who study, work and play at the Hatfield Marine Science Center and in the surrounding South Beach community.

11 a.m. | Estuary Tour - 1 hour, 20 people per tour.

  • Description: Take a one-mile walk along our local nature trail. This trail follows the bay side of the Hatfield Marine Science Center along the Yaquina Estuary and ends near the Oregon Coast Aquarium. On this tour, you will learn about who lives in the salt marshes and mudflats that make up this extraordinary estuarine habitat. This tour is led by Oregon Sea Grant volunteers.

11:30 a.m. | Seawater Tours - 45 minutes, 15 people per tour.

11:45 a.m. | Tsunami Vertical Evacuation Tour, Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building - 45 minutes, 20 people per tour.

11:45 a.m. | Aquaculture Tour, 1 hour, 20 people per tour.

  • Description: Go behind the scenes at the USDA ARS Pacific Shellfish Research Unit and explore the Hatfield Aquaculture facility. This in-depth tour showcases the different types of infrastructure in this lab.  You will see the water filtration system, the algal production room, and the different experimental setups this facility houses to support the health and growth of shellfish larvae and edible seaweed production.

11:30 a.m. - noon | Sounds of the Sea - 30 minutes, Hatfield Visitor Center Auditorium

  • Description: Join us for this insightful and interactive presentation on how researchers use hydrophones and bioacoustics to identify unique sounds of the sea. The audience will have a chance to test their ability to identify underwater sounds during an interactive “sounds of the sea” game. This activity is family-friendly and fun for all ages. Presented by Oregon Sea Grant.

1-2 p.m. | Keynote Speaker - Details coming soon

2:30 - 3 p.m. | Feeding time at the Visitor Center - presented by Oregon Sea Grant aquarists