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You’re invited to MarineQuest 2018!

Media contact: Michelle Kerr, 727-502-4787 Release Date: 10-16-2018   All Articles Tags:

Dive into science at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute’s open house: MarineQuest 2018.

The public is invited to learn about Florida’s fish, wildlife and their habitats on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at FWRI’s headquarters in downtown St. Petersburg, 100 Eighth Ave. SE. MarineQuest is a free, family-friendly event.

Held in conjunction with the St. Petersburg Science Festival, MarineQuest offers fun for all ages. Attend this event to get a firsthand look inside FWRI’s laboratories, peer through microscopes, examine manatee bones and participate in hands-on activities while learning about marine life in our oceans.

Outside, discover touch tanks teeming with marine creatures, learn about research being conducted at our field labs from biologists from the Florida Keys, freshwater fisheries and terrestrial wildlife research, and enjoy arts and crafts such as “gyotaku” – the art of Japanese fish printing. In addition to FWRI’s lab displays and interactive stations, MarineQuest hosts representatives from other conservation and science organizations.

Event parking is available for $5 at the SouthCore Parking Garage, 101 First Ave. S. A free shuttle will transport visitors from the parking garage to the MarineQuest entrance.

Sponsors include the Tampa Bay Times, University of South Florida St. Petersburg and the city of St. Petersburg.

This event is designed to provide equal opportunities for enjoyment to all participants. If you would like to request any particular aids or services pursuant to disability laws, contact the event planner at 727-896-8626 or the city of St. Petersburg Community Affairs Division at 727-893-7345 or 727-892-5259 TDD/TTY.

For more information about MarineQuest 2018, visit

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