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Cruise on Great Bay or to the Isles of Shoals with Marine Docents

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Day cruises on Great Bay or to the Isles of Shoals are again taking place with UNH marine docents aboard the university’s research vessel the R/V Gulf Challenger.

Spend the day on Appledore Island, one of the nine Isles of Shoals off the coasts of Maine and N.H. Hike around the island, learn about its natural history and geology. Discover the important role the islands played in the fishing economy of the 17th century. Visit the recreated garden of poet and essayist Celia Thaxter, who once lived on Appledore, and learn of her family's life at the Shoals.

Or you can cruise Great Bay, traveling 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, near the U.S. Coast Guard Station. Check-in for the Isles of Shoals cruise begins at 9:30 a.m.; return by 3 p.m. The cost is $40 per person.

The Great Bay trip runs from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Check- in is at 8:30. The cost is $25 per person. Discovery Cruises are sponsored by N.H. Sea Grant and UNH Cooperative Extension.

Children ages 10 and older are welcome with an adult.

For a list of cruise dates visit http://unh.edu/marine-education/programs/isles-of-shoals.html

Space is limited. For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.unh.edu/marine-education.