June 8: World Oceans Day presented by the Miami Downtown Development Authority (DDA)
Dive into the science of everything marine in honor of the global World Oceans Day! From the importance of our coral reefs and natural coastlines to our protection from storms and economy, to the latest research and technology for studying and harnessing the power of the ocean, there is something for every ocean enthusiast. Learn more about some of your favorite animals, from sea turtles to sharks, before most importantly, making a splash towards resiliency and conservation by joining us for a Baywalk clean-up. Event partners for the day include Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, Miami-Dade County Sea Turtle Conservation Program, Miami-Dade Reef Guard, NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, SEAC, University of Miami, Moonlighter Makerspace and the U.S. Coast Guard.
World Oceans Day Promotion
On behalf of the Miami DDA, youth 11 and under can attend World Oceans Day at Frost Science on June 8 for free with each valid adult photo ID showing a Downtown Miami zip code*. The offer is limited to two youth per adult photo ID.
*Applicable Zip Codes: 33128, 33130, 33131, 33132, 33136, 33137
Schedule of Events
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Mini-Me Science: Beach in a Bottle
10:30 a.m., Knight Learning Center, Level 5
Mini-Me Science is Frost Science’s program designed for you and your little one (children ages four and younger). program designed for you and your little one (children ages four and younger). Today’s activity: Get your hands together as we learn the differences between a bivalve and univalve seashell, how we can each keep our oceans healthy and even make our own mini beach models so you and your little one can continue your seashore exploration at home! Paid registration is required. If interested, please inquire at Member and Guest Services or visit frostscience.org/minime.
Coast Guard Auxiliary
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Outdoor Terrace, Level 2
Being out on the water can be fun but safety should always be a priority! Play an environmental game and learn about boater safety including how to properly wear a personal flotation device (PFD) with the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Outdoor Terrace, Level 4
Connect with representatives from FAU’s Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center and see how scientists and engineers are finding ways to harness energy from ocean currents.
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Outdoor Terrace, Level 4
Join FIU’s College of Arts, Sciences and Education as they use virtual reality (VR) to showcase immersive videos filmed underwater by FIU scientists on shark and dolphin studies. Don’t miss their model of the Aquarius Reef Base, the world’s only undersea research laboratory, and even a water hydrometer lab from the Institute of Water and Environment.
11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Atrium, Level 1
1 p.m. for Cleanup, Science Plaza, Level 1 (Register Now – space is limited)
Make a difference with a Museum Volunteers for the Environment (MUVE) led clean-up of our local green spaces and bay (check-in begins at 12:45 p.m.) Then continue the conversation on marine debris and citizen science while learning ways you and your friends can help protect Miami’s ecosystems.
Gliding into Ocean Research with NOAA’s AOML
11:00 a.m. to 4 p.m., Atrium, Level 1
Join NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory as they dive into ocean research, including biology, physics, and even showcasing an Ocean Gilder.
Meet the Inventors
11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Knight Learning Center, Level 5
Get a behind the scenes look at ongoing researching aimed at helping endangered corals survive in rising ocean temperatures.
Miami Dade County Sea Turtle Conservation Program
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Aquarium Dive Bar, Level 3
Use your investigative skills to match food items to mock sea turtle stomachs, see the harmful effects that plastic ingestion can result in and learn more about the eating habits of our three common sea turtle species in Miami-Dade County – loggerheads, greens, and leatherbacks.
Miami Dade Reef Guard
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Outdoor Terrace, Level 3
Check out the benefits of mooring buoys and artificial reefs for reef conservation and then play an interactive quiz to earn a Reef Guard medallion. While supplies last.
Ocean Plastics with Moonlighter
11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Next to Frost Planetarium, Level 1
Dive into the impacts of plastic pollution on ocean wildlife and upcycle plastic waste to create your own light up jellyfish by using recycled materials.
Our Oceans, Our Planet
11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Main Atrium, Level 1
Take the pledge to take better care of our oceans and see how over the day every one of us counts towards making our oceans, and ultimately our planet, healthier.
Rescue a Reef with the University of Miami
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Aquarium Royal Caribbean Vista, Level 4
Get a hands-on look at coral reef gardening and restoration with University of Miami’s researchers on coral reef ecology and conservation including how the community can participate through citizen science efforts.
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Outdoor Terrace, Level 3
Learn the basic equipment needed when it comes to diving and connect more with diving experts on safe diving and conservation.
Dive Deep with Frost Science’s Husbandry Team
11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m., Aquarium Oculus, Level 2
11:30 a.m.: “The Living Core Design”
12:30 p.m.: “MUVE Habitat Restoration”
2:30 p.m.: “Pelagic Animals of the Gulf Stream”
3:30 p.m.: “Pelagic Animals of the Gulf Stream”
Sea Shell Sorting
11:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., Outdoor Terrace, Level 3
Celebrate the biodiversity in our coastlines while exploring how scientists classify living organisms into groups based on shared characteristics by classifying seashells of various colors, patterns and sizes.
What is Sand?
4:00 p.m., Aquarium Dive Bar, Level 3
Find out what sand is made of and where it comes from by looking at different samples from around the world! Also, see if you can find how humans are affecting what we find in sand.