San Diego, California - San Diego State University's Coastal and Marine Institute Laboratory is opening its doors to the public, offering a rare opportunity to go behind the scenes in a working marine research lab.

The theme for the family-friendly event is Gadgets and Gizmos: The Tools we use for Science. Interactive activities will showcase the tools scientists at SDSU use to answer important research questions about local marine ecosystems.  Guests will find out how simple tools help scientists tackle complicated questions.

Visitors will learn how to make artificial seagrass, measure kelp forest microbes, survey kelp forests using SCUBA, and much more.

Sunday, March 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 San Diego State University's Coastal and Marine Institute Laboratory
4165 Spruance Rd. San Diego, CA 92101

  • Hundreds of visitors touring the marine lab, participating in hands-on activities and experiments
  • Guests walking through a kelp forest made of real kelp
  • Research demonstrations by faculty and students (hourly at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.)
  • Visitors interacting with live sea creatures in touch tanks
  • Kids crafts including  a plastic pollution craft and fish painting
  • Visitors interacting with the marine lab’s new mascot, Sally the Scientist