This October, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) will be celebrating a special milestone, the 25th anniversary of our annual open house, MarineQuest. During this award-winning event, the research headquarters are open to the public so visitors can learn about Florida’s interesting plants and animals, like sea turtles, manatees, mangroves, and much more!
Inside the labs, scientists can guide you through interactive displays and answer questions about their research. Here, you can learn about timely conservation topics, like red tide or coral disease, and engage with the experts leading these programs. Outside, explore touch tanks filled with Florida marine life, such as sharks, starfish, rays, horseshoe crabs, spiny lobster, and sport fish.
MarineQuest offers something for all ages, including interactive activities specifically designed for younger ages, like gyotaku, an artistic fish-printing technique originally used by Japanese fisherman to record their catches. Visitors can also participate in a mock manatee rescue with our marine mammal rescue team!
We hope you’ll join us on Saturday, October 19 as we celebrate 25 years of MarineQuest.
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