University of Washington Friday Harbor Laboratories annual Open House is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 16, 2020. The Labs will be open for self-guided tours. All are invited to check out the research and teaching facilities.
This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to meet scientists and students, who will showcase their marine science research, answer questions and provide demonstrations. There will be posters, marine plants and animals, microscopes, plankton sampling and observations, and activities for visitors of all ages. This event is a great family-friendly venue.
The public is invited to learn more about marine zoology, botany, fisheries, oceanography, and the equipment used by scientists in these fields. The R/V Kittiwake, FHL’s new research vessel, will be open for visitation. Visitors can check out its remotely operated vehicle (ROV), oceanographic tools, and sonar systems.
There will also be underwater SCUBA demonstrations from the FHL dock, and scientific lectures by resident researchers.
Walking shoes are recommended because the tour route includes rough dock planks, gravel paths and trails.
In keeping with FHL Open House tradition – and visitor favorite – there will be free popcorn. Hot dogs and other snacks will also be available for purchase on the Dining Hall deck.
FHL’s website tinyurl.com/FHLopenhouse2020 provides a detailed overview of FHL’s research, service and educational activities.