In 1995 the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute held a MarineQuest open house to give the public a firsthand look at the extensive research conducted at the facility, introducing all ages to the world of marine science.
The event has evolved into a three-day celebration attracting thousands each year. The first two days, Thursday and Friday, are for students in grades 4-12. On Saturday, the institute opens the doors to the public to explore the facility and experience the research being conducted.
Researchers hold seminars throughout the day explaining current research on marine species such as the Florida manatee and Florida's coral reefs.
Go behind the scenes to see marine life of all shapes and sizes, including microscopic algae, conchs, lobsters, stingrays and sharks.
New stations have been added this year exploring whooping cranes, black bears, wildlife diseases and Florida's native reptiles.
Also get a chance to learn marine animal origami and the art of "gyotaku" (fish printing).
Face-painting and food will also be available.
Park for free in the University of South Florida parking garage.
Sandee Davies, Times Staff Writer
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Band concert: The Masonic Band of St. Petersburg, conducted by Seraphime Mike, presents a free concert, 4 p.m., Masonic Home, 3201 First St. NE, St. Petersburg. Call 584-1391.
Alligator walk: Learn about the natural history of the alligator, its habitat, eating habits and young, 11:30 a.m., Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. Free with park admission; $3, $1.50 children ages 3-16, under 3 free. Call 893-7326.
Theatre pipe organ concert:
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When: 10 a.m. to
4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, 100 Eighth Ave. SE, St. Petersburg.
Information: Call 896-8626.