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Take A Discovery Cruise Into Great Bay Or Out To The Isles Of Shoals

By Rebecca Zeiber, NH Sea Grant
June 25, 2008

Join the UNH Marine Docents this summer for a day cruise aboard the university’s research vessel, the R/V Gulf Challenger. Find out what UNH researchers are learning about the marine and estuarine environments, and get up close and personal with coastal creatures and local history.

Learn about the history of New Hampshire’s seacoast aboard the Isles of Shoals Discovery Cruise. The Shoals Cruise includes a hike around Appledore Island and a tour of the Shoals Marine Lab. Or choose the Great Bay Discovery Cruise, which travels up the Piscataqua River into Little Bay/Great Bay Estuary. Marine Docents will lead activities such as catching plankton and testing water quality. The Great Bay Cruise also stops for a tour of the UNH Jackson Estuarine Laboratory.

Cruises depart from a different location this year. The boat will leave from the Shoals Marine Lab Burge dock, located next to the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company on Market Street in Portsmouth. Parking for the cruises will be in the Hanover Street Parking Garage for the usual hourly cost. Children ages 10 and older are welcome with an adult. Space is limited. For more information or to make a reservation, go to www.unh.edu/marine-education.

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

Isles of Shoals Discovery Cruise:

(includes a stop at Appledore Island and Shoals Marine Laboratory)

From 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission: $40.00

Saturday June 28

Saturday July 5

Sunday July 6

Saturday July 12

Saturday August 2

Sunday August 3

Sunday August 17

Sunday August 24


Great Bay Discovery Cruise:

(Includes a stop at Jackson Estuarine Laboratory)

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Admission: $22.00

Tuesday July 15

Saturday July 19

Sunday July 20

Saturday August 23

(Dates and availability are subject to change.)

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