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Cruise into Great Bay or out to the Isles of Shoals

July 6, 2011

Join the UNH marine docents 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.

Spend the day on Appledore Island, one of the nine beautiful Isles of Shoals off the coasts of Maine and N.H. Hike around the island, learn about its natural history and geology, and hold a sea star at the Shoals Marine Laboratory touch tanks.

Or join fellow explorers on an activity-based cruise from Portsmouth up the Piscataqua River into the Great Bay Estuary and to the UNH Jackson Estuarine Laboratory. Marine docents will lead activities such as catching plankton and measuring water salinity.

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

Space is limited. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit our website at www.unh.edu/marine-education or call Dari Ward at 603-749-1565.

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