UNH Great Bay Exploration Cruise

Join fellow explorers on an activity-based cruise from Portsmouth up the Piscataqua River into the Great Bay Estuary and to the Jackson Estuarine Laboratory. You are likely to get your hands wet as you learn about marine and estuarine ecosystems on this informal, educational cruise. You'll be invited to tow for plankton and marvel at its movement in a magnifying scope; capture water from below the surface and test its characteristics; observe, handle and hear about plants and animals from the unique habitats of the estuary; deploy an otter trawl; and find out what scientists study about The Great Bay.

The Great Bay Estuary system adds approximately 150 miles to New Hampshire's relatively small coastline. Those 150 miles include everything from industrial, historical and military landmarks to a wildlife refuge and National Estuarine Research Reserve. There will be opportunities to learn more about these landmarks and share what you know. There is also plenty of time on-board to just enjoy the fresh air, sights and sounds of the estuary with your on-board companions as we scan for bald eagles, osprey, and harbor seals.

You will cruise aboard the 50 foot UNH Research Vessel, Gulf Challenger, under the guidance of the enthusiastic and knowledgeable UNH Marine Docents, a N.H. Sea Grant water resources educator and the crew of the Gulf Challenger. Time aboard the boat is approximately 5 hours including about a half-hour visit to the Jackson Estuarine Laboratory.

I did this last year and for $25.00 this experience can't be beat!


Don't miss the boat!

RSVP first on Meetup and afterwards I will email instructions on where to sign up.

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  • Dolores R.

    More parking would have been nice. Weather was perfect! Would have liked it if someone was present at the lab to greet us. Scott is a great organizer.

    August 11, 2013

  • Grace M.

    Sorry I am unable to attend on Sunday

    August 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Forgot I ever signed up, can't make it.

    August 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds great.

    April 6, 2013

  • ip

    Excited. Need more info about time :) Also it' s in a long time...what's the cancellation policy?

    April 5, 2013

  • Lori M

    Guess I just signed up just after you sent that out, Scott. I'm looking forward to receiving that....this looks like a fun event!

    April 5, 2013

  • Grace M.

    Sounds amazing. Can't wait!

    April 5, 2013

  • Scott

    As of 11:30 am 4/5/13 everyone on the RSVP list to date should have received an email directly from me with the registration link. Send me an email through Meetup if for some reason you do not receive.

    April 5, 2013

  • Amal

    This sounds REALLY interesting!

    April 5, 2013

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