Horn Point Laboratory Open House set for Oct. 13
CAMBRIDGE — For the 17th year, rain or shine, 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. on Saturday, Oct. 13.
“Sustainable Solutions through Science” is this year’s theme. Hands-on exhibits allow visitors to explore the science happening at Horn Point Lab and its impact on Chesapeake Bay to make it healthy and keep it healthy.
“This is the best day of the year for the community to learn about the science of the Bay.” said Horn Point Laborator y Director Mike Roman.
Visitors can learn how marshes, oysters, sediment, tiny zooplankton, computer models, and more help restore and sustain the Bay. It’s a day filled with educational activities for all ages.
A scavenger hunt will enhance the kid’s exploration of exhibits and campus activities. Come aboard UMCES research vessel Rachel Carson and explore new advances in aquaculture at the boat basin. Hop on the hayride for a campus tour and learn how much energy is being produced by the 10-acre solar field. Children will receive a free tshirt.
“Everyone at the lab is on deck to explain their research with activities and displays that make it easy to understand,” Roman said.
From the banks of the Choptank River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore just outside Cambridge, HPL scientists engage in world-renowned 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 play in a digital sand box to create shorelines and model weather’s impact around the Bay with laser imaging; 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 and observe and learn about sturgeon whose ancestors date to the Jurassic period
Children can create eco-friendly animals that live in our waters, play games that teach fun facts about the Bay, go on a scavenger hunt through the exhibits to learn how the Bay’s lasting health starts with people making a cleaner environment today.
The HPL campus is located at 2020 Horns Point Road on Route 343 outside of Cambridge.
For more information, visit www. umces.edu/hpl/openhouse or contact Carin Starr at 410-221-8408 or email@example.com.
The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science leads the way toward better management of Maryland’s natural resources and the protection and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay. From a network of laboratories located across the state, UMCES scientists provide sound advice to help state and national leaders manage the environment, and prepare future scientists to meet the global challenges of the 21st century. www. umces.edu.
Horn Point Lab’s Dr. Louis Plough shares his DNA research with visitors of all ages. Through DNA taken from local water samples, Plough is able to identify the different species inhabiting our waters.