MBL To Present Free Family Science Day, July 17

Contact: Gina Hebert
508-289-7652; ghebert@mbl.edu

eol.kids.event.2010MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA—The public is invited to join the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) for Discovery Day, a free family science fair and anniversary party on Wednesday, July 17 from 3:00 to 5:30 PM, MBL Street in Woods Hole.  The event, held on the anniversary of the laboratory’s dedication in 1888, will feature hands-on science exhibits from MBL scientists and students, a kids’ scavenger hunt, live music by the Justin Beech Trio, face-painting, fish printing, and more.  MBL president and director, Dr. Joan Ruderman will make remarks and cut a 125th anniversary cake, which will be shared with the crowd.

Continuous shuttle service will be provided from 3:00 to 6:00 PM from the MBL’s Devil’s Lane remote parking lot (opposite 379 Oyster Pond Road) to MBL’s Lillie parking lot on Water Street in Woods Hole.  

Discovery Day is the latest in a series of special events celebrating the MBL’s 125th anniversary. The theme of the anniversary is “Celebrating the Next Generation.”

The MBL was founded in 1888 as an independent institution for teaching and research. Primarily a summer laboratory in its early years, today a corps of approximately 300 scientists and support personnel pursue biology, biomedicine, and environmental science research year-round.  They are joined each year by more than 300 visiting scientists, summer staff, and research associates from hundreds of institutions around the world.

Each year the MBL trains more than 550 students as part of its advanced, laboratory-based education program. Educational programs also include undergraduate and independent research, graduate training, the Brown-MBL Graduate Program in Biological and Environmental Sciences, postdoctoral training, and community continuing education programs.


The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is dedicated to scientific discovery and improving the human condition through research and education in biology, biomedicine, and environmental science. Founded in 1888 in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, the MBL is a nonprofit corporation.