Cruise Into Great Bay or Out To The Isles of Shoals
May 26, 2010
Join the Cooperative Extension marine docents for a day cruise aboard UNH’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.
Spend the day on Appledore Island, one of the nine beautiful Isles of Shoals off the New Hampshire coast. Hike around the island and learn about its natural history and geology, explore Celia Thaxter’s garden, and hold a sea star at the Shoals Marine Laboratory touch tanks.
You could also 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. Marine Docents will lead activities such as catching plankton and testing water quality.
Cruises depart from the UNH Pier in New Castle. Children ages 10 and older are welcome with an adult. The Isles of Shoals trip runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and costs $40 per person, and the Great Bay trip runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and costs $25 per person. Discovery Cruises are sponsored by Cooperative Extension and N.H. Sea Grant.
Space is limited reserve now. For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.unh.edu/marine-education or call Dari Ward at 603-749-1565.