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per­ma­nent lo­ca­tions Bay, along with the used to do so.

A hay ride served as a shut­tle for visi­tors to visit the dock, along with the lab’s new 10-acre so­lar field — which gen­er­ates 50 per­cent of the fa­cil­ity’s an­nual en­ergy con­sump­tion.

The cen­ter’s oys­ter hatch­ery ex­plained how spat, or oys­ter lar­vae, at­tach to shells to form dense oys­ter beds, which help strain and clean the Bay of harm­ful sed­i­ments. Also on dis­play were a group of stur­geons, which the lab has been work­ing to conser ve.

Horn Point Lab­o­ra­tory Di­rec­tor Mike Ro­man said the event draws visi­tors “from young to gray.” Ro­man, who has directed the lab since 2001, said when the open house event first launched it was only ev­ery other year.

“When it first started, we got like, 100 peo­ple, now it’s in ex­cess of 700,” Ro­man said. “I think peo­ple en­joy it as a fam­ily event. Grand­par­ents bring their chil­dren; peo­ple bring their neigh­bors and rel­a­tives. And we try to change it ev­ery year so even if you come back dif­fer­ent years you see dif­fer­ent things.”

Ro­man said the theme of sus­tain­abil­ity for the 2018 open house tied di­rectly to the re­search ef­forts at Horn Point Lab­o­ra­tory. Not only does sus­tain­abil­ity pos­i­tively af­fect the en­vi­ron­ment, but it is also good for busi­ness, he said.

“We’re all about hav­ing a sus­tained econ­omy, as well as en­vi­ron­ment. We’re creat­ing jobs that sus­tain the en­vi­ron­ment,” Ro­man said. in the equip­ment

Ro­man said his fa­vorite part of the open houses is see­ing the ex­cite­ment of the chil­dren in­ter­act­ing with ex­hibits.

“They’re so ex­cited to see the oys­ters, to see the stur­geons, learn about re­cy­cling,” Ro­man said. “A lot of peo­ple in the com­mu­nity don’t even know we’re here. We’ve been here since ‘73,... It’s great to dis­play our work to the pub­lic.”

Com­mu­nity re­la­tions man­ager Carin Starr said there are 30 grad­u­ate stu­dents par­tic­i­pat­ing in re­search at the lab. Starr said lab fac­ulty, along with stu­dents, helped man ex­hibits dur­ing the open house.

“The point of the ex­hibits is to make the science seem a lit­tle more real, a lit­tle more on ev­ery­one’s level rather than up there on the sci­en­tific level,” Starr said. “My fa­vorite part is all the peo­ple here.”

PHO­TOS BY JACK RODGERS

Horn Point Lab re­searcher Dr. Judy O’Neil, left, and stu­dent Mor­gan Ross pose for a photo aboard the re­search ves­sel Rachel Car­son, Satur­day, Oct. 13. Ross and O’Neil ex­plained the lab’s aqua­cul­ture ef­forts to visi­tors dur­ing the Horn Point Lab­o­ra­tory 2018 open house.

The in­ter­ac­tive to­pog­ra­phy sand­box at the Horn Point 2018 open house, Satur­day, Oct. 13. An aug­mented re­al­ity dis­play ad­justed map­ping of the sand­box in real time as visi­tors ar­ranged sand into dif­fer­ent for­ma­tions.

The Oys­ter Re­cov­ery Part­ner­ship’s mas­cot, “Shelly,” poses for pho­tos with visi­tors Satur­day, Oct. 13. The Horn Point Lab­o­ra­tory part­nered with the Oys­ter Re­cov­ery Part­ner­ship, Tal­bot Men­tors, De­part­ment of Na­tional Re­sources and more dur­ing the open house.

A dis­play about iden­ti­fy­ing and match­ing DNA se­quences with dif­fer­ent species found in the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay dur­ing the Horn Point Lab­o­ra­tory 2018 open house Satur­day, Oct. 13.

A dis­play of stur­geon scales at the Horn Point Lab­o­ra­tory 2018 open house Satur­day, Oct. 13.

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