Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences [Dept. of Animal Sciences]

Family Fun

A collection of programs designed for all ages to enjoy the wonders of the natural world.  Perfect for the whole family!

Family Fun programs are free but registration is required.


Can Dirt Make Water Clean?
November 1, 2014
10:00- 11:00 AM

Dirt plays a key role in making sure our creeks, lakes, bays and our drinking water is clean! Dirt, also called "soil", acts like a filter, allowing water to pass through while cleaning out impurities or pollutants. Explore the important role that soil plays in our health and discover how "dirt" makes water clean! Remember, don't treat your soil like dirt!
Program presented by Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist, Ocean County Soil Conservation District


Wetlands Institute's Traveling Turtles
December 5, 2014
6:30-7:30 PM

These ravishing reptiles elicit awe from folks of all ages, Join the Wetland's Institute as we investigate a variety of turtles and their anatomy, natural history, behaviors, adaptations, life cycles, and more. You'll learn about the Institute's Diamondback Terrapin Conservation Project and get some quality time with some live terrapins.

Something Smells Fishy
March 6, 2015
7:00– 8:00 PM

Spring is coming! What better way to celebrate than a fun filled fishy evening! We'll discover the fish that live in Great Bay and the nearby ocean. We'll explore how they survive and are adapted to specific habitats. You'll also get the chance to try your hand at fish printing. Fun for the whole family.

Creatures of the Muck

May 7, 2015
6:30-7:30 PM

Some say mud, some say muck; researchers say sediment. Whatever you call the estuary and ocean floor it hides loads of life. Join us as we explore the creatures of the muck. We'll collect, discover and identify a variety of sediment dwellers with the help of Rutgers University scientist Rose Petrecca who studies these creatures.

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