N.H. Sea Grant Offering 10 Educational Cruises

N.H. Sea Grant Offering 10 Educational Cruises

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

N.H. Sea Grant has released its 2013 Discovery Cruise schedule. Discovery Cruises give the public hands-on marine learning opportunities and an inside look at what UNH researchers are learning about marine and estuarine environments at two coastal locations—the Isle of Shoals and the Great Bay Estuary. Discovery Cruises will depart from New Castle, N.H. on July 11, 14, 19, 21, and 28 and Aug. 1, 3, 18, and 25.  

Schedule information can be read here. 

Aboard the university’s research vessel the R/V Gulf Challenger, UNH marine docents guide the day cruises, which also offer insight about the natural history, geology, and local history of the destinations and let participants get up close and personal with coastal creatures.  

The Isle of Shoals Discovery Cruise takes participants offshore to Appledore Island, one of the nine islands in the Isle of Shoals archipelago, where they learn about the island during a guided hike and a visit to the Shoals Marine Laboratory. 

The Great Bay Discovery Cruise takes passengers up the Piscataqua River into the Great Bay Estuary, where they catch plankton, measure water salinity, and see the research underway at the UNH Jackson Estuarine Laboratory on Adams Point.  

Discovery Cruises depart from the Judd Gregg Marine Research Complex in New Castle. Children ages 10 and older are welcome with an adult. The Isles of Shoals trip runs from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and costs $40 per person; the Great Bay trip runs from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and costs $25 per person. Space is limited and reservations are required. For reservations, visit www.seagrant.unh.edu/DCSchedule or call Dari Ward at 2-6701.

Discovery Cruises are sponsored by N.H. Sea Grant and UNH Cooperative Extension.