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Aquarium’s New EDGE Videos Put Marine Science Directly In Visitors’ Hands

Aquarium’s New EDGE Videos Put Marine Science Directly In Visitors’ Hands

Aquarium’s New EDGE Videos Put Marine Science Directly In Visitors’ Hands

SOUTH HUTCHINSON ISLAND – Though marine science educators may not be physically present during ongoing coronavirus safety restrictions at the St. Lucie County Aquarium, they’re still available digitally – via the Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit’s new, informational EDGE videos.

Simply use your mobile device to scan the QR code posted next to each of the six model ecosystem exhibits with any mobile device, these Educational Digital Guided Experiences (EDGE) put a Smithsonian marine science educator right into visitors’ hands. These short videos answer commonly asked questions about the exhibits, and share facts about the seagrass, mangrove, coral reef, deep sea and other habitats represented at the aquarium.

And for any unanswered questions, visitors can email an education team member at smseducation@si.edu or check out the Biobits Series, available on their Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-hGlLs7877MPbGuzeQpa7NxtKX0LmUAL. To find out more about Smithsonian Marine Station and Ecosystems Exhibit make sure to check out the relaunched monthly newsletter https://mailchi.mp/si.edu/sms-news-august20.

Masks are required to visit the aquarium and more information about reserving a timed entry is available by calling 772-462-3474 or by visiting www.stlucieco.gov/aquarium.

Located at 420 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce, the Aquarium is currently open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. General admission is $3.25.

Keep a lookout on the Distance Learning portion of the Aquarium’s webpage (https://naturalhistory.si.edu/research/smithsonian-marine-station or http://StLucieCo.gov/Aquarium) to access at-home summer camp packets for yourself and your family. More will be added throughout the summer. If you have any questions about the packets or about the Career Dives series, please feel free to contact the education team atsmseducation@si.edu.

The Smithsonian Marine Station teamed with St. Lucie County and other community partners to create this unique educational facility more than 15 years ago. The exhibit is an outreach effort of the Smithsonian Marine Station, a branch of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History.  A fixture in the Fort Pierce community for more than 45 years, the Marine Station is dedicated to understanding the character and diversity of the marine and estuarine habitats of Florida. For more information, visit www.stlucieco.gov/Aquarium.

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