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The Annual Open House of the FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

man and young child with mother at touch tank

We know how to make nerdy cool

This October, the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) will be celebrating a special milestone, the 25th anniversary of our annual open house, MarineQuest. During this award-winning event, tour our research headquarters with friends and family as you learn about the unique flora and fauna of Florida, as well as exciting research being conducted at FWRI and across the state.

Our labs will be open to the public, with scientists standing by to share their research, guide you through interactive displays and answer any questions you may have. Outside, explore touch tanks filled with Florida marine life, such as sharks, starfish, rays, horseshoe crabs, spiny lobster and much more. Florida wildlife is not just restricted to oceans and lakes, and our other displays demonstrate this: ducks, alligators, shorebirds and the elusive Florida panther are just a few of the animals you can learn about. Important habitats, like seagrasses, are also described and explained by our researchers.

MarineQuest offers something for all ages, including interactive activities specifically designed for younger ages, like gyotaku, a fish printing technique originally used by Japanese fisherman to record their catches. Last but certainly not least, representatives from local and national conservation and science organizations will be available to speak with you and provide valuable information.

We hope you’ll join us on Saturday, October 19 as we celebrate 25 years of making nerdy cool.