Given imminent sea level rise and our oceanfront locale, Miami is in for an underwater future. Hence the timeliness of the Frost Museum of Science’s fourth annual Underwater Festival.
The annual event is in honor of the global World Oceans Day, and the 2015 theme is "Coasts, Reefs and Open Oceans." It's all about educating the public on the plight of our oceans — and it's also the last signature event the museum will hold at its current location, before making the move downtown.
"We have many new partners this year from throughout the county joining us to showcase their amazing expertise including a special chance to participate in an underwater photography workshop (with real practice in our SeaLab) in partnership with Sanibel Sea School," says Dr. Angela Colbert, science curator of this year's lineup.
"Additionally, visitors will get a special sneak peak of the new museum currently under construction and the visionary Living Core Aquarium that will be a staple of the new facility when it opens in 2016."
Courtesy of Frost Museum of Science
The aquatic shindig kicks off on Thursday, June 11, with the Museum’s fifth installment of its Science Up Close series, a casual, interactive science convo revolving around “Romance on the Reef: When Threatened Coral Species Mate,” with Dr. Nicole D. Fogarty of Nova Southeastern University’s College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography. There'll also be live jazz, drinks via Wynwood Brewing Company and Vita Coco water.
On Saturday and Sunday, attendees will get to dig into a whole host of interesting films, activities and educational opportunities. There'll be a build-your-own aquarium session, underwater photography how-tos, meet and greets with sea creatures, coral reef conservation instructionals, underwater films and photography from Blue on Tour, and lots more.
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"Every year we strive to share our passion for the ocean and science through the Miami Underwater Festival with our visitors," Colbert says. "We hope that visitors learn about the many wonderful aspects of our oceans that make them so unique and special in addition to all the scientific research currently being conducted to better understand, protect and restore the one-of-a-kind life in the oceans. We hope that visitors gain a new appreciation for conserving our oceans for the next generation."
Have some fun and save the seas while you're at it.
The Science Up Close event runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, and the festival runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at
the Patricia and Philip Frost Museum of Science, 3280 South Miami Ave. Science Up Close is free with RSVP. Admission to the festival is $14.95 for adults, $12.70 for Dade County residents. Children under 12 are free with paid adult admission. Visit frostscience.org or call 305-646-4200.