Annual Open House

Scientist showing student experiment.

Bigelow Laboratory scientists explore environments all over the world, and they bring all they learn back to our state-of-the-art facility in East Boothbay, Maine. On Friday, July 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., we invite you to visit our laboratory and hear first-hand from the researchers conducting our bold ocean science. Our staff will lead a wide range of scientific demonstrations and activities for visitors of all ages. Meet some of the ocean’s most important organisms, see autonomous gliders that travel across the Atlantic Ocean, and learn how scientists are working to improve the future for the planet and all of us that call it home.

This event is free and open to the public. More details on the events and schedule will be added to this webpage when they become available.


ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT THE DAY

Bring science and art together with activities including designing your own plankton, ocean life coloring, and sidewalk chalk.

Conduct hands-on experiments exploring sea pressure, ocean acidification, strawberry DNA, and water density.

Practice using oceanographic research equipment, such as a Secchi disk and a Niskin bottle.

View live plankton from the Damariscotta River under a microscope at our dock and Shore Facility.


EVENT SCHEDULE

Events last 15 to 20 minutes. Schedule subject to change.


10:30
CULTURING DIVERSITY – Explore our National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota (NCMA), the world’s largest and most diverse collection of marine phytoplankton, with Director Mike Lomas.

10:30
OUR AUTONOMOUS GLIDERS – Dave Drapeau will introduce you to Henry and Grampus, our autonomous gliders used for research in the Gulf of Maine.

11:00
THE DNA AROUND US - Learn from Dr. Peter Countway how DNA from the environment can provide scientists with a wealth of data about organisms, how they interact, and their ecosystems.

11:00
KEEPING SHELLFISH SAFE TO EAT – Learn about the Bigelow Laboratory’s role in monitoring Maine’s shellfish for toxins with Craig Burnell and Carmen Cartisano.

11:30
EYES IN THE SKY – Join Dr. Catherine Mitchell as she demonstrates how integrating observations from satellites, the field, and the lab gives researchers a powerful picture of the ocean that is more than the sum of its parts.

11:30
HOW ROBOTS HELP SCIENCE – Dr. Ramunas Stepanauskas and Corianna Mascena will show how laboratory robots help our scientists unravel ocean mysteries, one cell at a time.

12:00
MAJESTIC FRAGILITY – Hear from Anna Dibble, artist and director of Maine EcoArts, about the collaborations between scientists and Maine artists that inspired the two-story installation on display at the laboratory.

12:30
CULTURING DIVERSITY – Explore our National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota (NCMA), the world’s largest and most diverse collection of marine phytoplankton, with Director Mike Lomas.

12:30
OUR AUTONOMOUS GLIDERS – Dave Drapeau will introduce you to Henry and Grampus, our autonomous gliders used for research in the Gulf of Maine.

1:00
THE DNA AROUND US Learn from Dr. Peter Countway how DNA from the environment can provide scientists with a wealth of data about organisms, how they interact, and their ecosystems.

1:00
KEEPING SHELLFISH SAFE TO EAT – Learn about the Bigelow Laboratory’s role in monitoring Maine’s shellfish for toxins with Craig Burnell and Carmen Cartisano.

1:30
EYES IN THE SKY – Join Dr. Catherine Mitchell as she demonstrates how integrating observations from satellites, the field, and the lab gives researchers a powerful picture of the ocean that is more than the sum of its parts.

1:30
HOW ROBOTS HELP SCIENCE – Dr. Ramunas Stepanauskas and Corianna Mascena will show how laboratory robots help our scientists unravel ocean mysteries, one cell at a time.