Coast Day, offering fun and educational activities related to ocean science, is Oct. 7 and provides free bus transportation for UD students, employees and immediate family members.

Free transportation to Coast Day

Coast Day transportation between Newark, Lewes offered to UD community

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10:30 a.m., Sept. 12, 2012--Free bus shuttle service to and from Coast Day 2012 is being offered to University of Delaware students, employees and members of their immediate families.

Organized by UD’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment and the Delaware Sea Grant College Program, Coast Day is a free event that celebrates Delaware’s coastal resources and UD’s marine research. The event will be held Sunday, Oct. 7, rain or shine, at UD’s Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Buses will depart from the Robinson Hall parking lot at the Newark campus at 9:30 a.m. and arrive in Lewes at approximately 11 a.m. They will depart from Lewes at 4:30 p.m. and return to Newark at approximately 6 p.m.

Reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis and must be made by 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4. To reserve a spot, contact the Marine Public Education Office at 302-831-8083 or MarineCom@udel.edu.

This year’s theme, “Checking in on Our Coast,” will highlight how UD scientists, staff and students are improving understanding of ocean environments and serving coastal communities. Coast Day attendees can interact with researchers, tour ships, try hands-on activities and attend presentations on a range of topics.

At a special exhibit inside the Cannon Laboratory, visitors can check out various ways that scientists investigate ocean waters from the deep sea to the coastal marshes. A hydrothermal vent and underwater robot will be on display, and visitors can explore the many career options related to ocean science. 

There will be live music, vendor displays and seafood favorites showcased by local chefs at the Crab Cake Cook-Off and the Seafood Chowder Challenge. In the harbor area at 2:30 p.m., the U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue is scheduled to demonstrate lifesaving skills. In the Smith Laboratory, presentations about studies involving penguins, sturgeon, sharks and satellites will take place every half hour.

“Coast Day offers many fun opportunities to celebrate and learn about our natural environment,” said Nancy Targett, dean of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment and director of Delaware Sea Grant.

Coast Day is sponsored by DuPont Clear into the Future, Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc., UTEC Survey Inc., WMDT—CW-3, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

While Coast Day admission and parking are free, vendors will be selling food and other items. There is no ATM on the campus grounds.

For more information about Coast Day, visit www.decoastday.org or call 302-831-8083. 

Article by Teresa Messmore

Photos by Lisa Tossey and Evan Krape

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