Horn Point Lab hosting open house
CAMBRIDGE — The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Horn Point Laboratory invites the public to a free Open House from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14.
The theme for this year’s event is “Bay Strong: Fighting for a clean environment.” Meet the scientists working for a healthier Chesapeake Bay. Learn about, how oysters, marshes, and plankton help make a healthier environment and much more, during a day of free activities for all ages. Children will receive a free t-shirt.
“This is the best day of the year for the community to learn about the science of the Bay. Everyone at the lab is on deck to explain their research with activities and displays that make it easy to understand,” said Horn Point Laboratory Director Mike Roman.
From the banks of the Choptank River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, scientists engage in worldrenowned research in oceanography, water quality, restoration of sea grasses, marshes and shellfish, and expertise in ecosystem modeling.
Visitors to the open house will be able to: • Build a healthy marsh and learn who are our best partners in this effort.
• See an animation of the travels of oyster larvae as they move from the reef where they spawned to their new, permanent home reef. • Match up a DNA sequence to microscopic creatures important to the food chain. • Touch a sturgeon whose ancestors date to the Jurassic period. • Play in a digital sand box to create shorelines and model weather’s impact with laser imaging. • Meet and talk to graduate students about their environmental career goals. At the children’s activity booth, create animals that live in the water with thumb print art. Play games that teach fun facts about the Bay. Go on a scavenger hunt through the exhibits to learn how the Bay’s super heroes are fighting for a cleaner environment.
The open house is all ages and will take place rain or shine. The Horn Point Laboratory campus is located at 2020 Horns Point Road on Route 343 outside of Cambridge.
For more information, visit http://www.umces.edu/ hpl/openhouse or contact Carin Starr at firstname.lastname@example.org, 410-221-8408.
The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Horn Point Laboratory offers a variety of children’s activities at its Oct. 14 open house.