Horn Point Lab host­ing open house

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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 cstarr@um­ces.edu, 410-221-8408.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

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.

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