Discovery Day - April 8, 2017
Touch Tanks, Hands-on Exhibits,
Free/reduced Estuarium admission, and much more!!
What is Discovery Day?
Discovery Day is the Dauphin Island Sea Lab's open house for the public. Once a year, the public is given a tour of our research facilities to learn about our coastal environment and the research our team is working on. Visitors will learn about the coastal ecosystem we live in and why it's important to conserve our precious and unique environment. The research vessel Alabama Discovery will also be available for tours.
Hours and Admission
Discovery Day is from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Admission is free to all exhibits outside of the Estuarium. Adults will pay a reduced admission to the Estuarium. Children receive free admission to the Estuarium.
Discovery Day focuses on giving a hands-on experience to learning about our coastal environment. Exhibits include and are not limited to touch tables, marine-themed games, and arts and crafts. Smokey the Bear, the Azalea Trail Maids and a number of community agencies will also take part.
Thank you to the groups listed below for their continued support:
Town of Dauphin Island
The Friends of the Sea Lab
As a Friend of the Sea Lab, not only will you receive the opportunity to visit the Estuarium, your membership has other substantial benefits. You will be supporting the Sea Lab in its mission to educate the public about the scientific wonders and fragile beauty of our native ecosystems: the Delta, the Bay, the Barrier Islands and the near-shore Gulf of Mexico.
For example: you, too, can land a "fish" on our Living Marsh Boardwalk! For $50, a plaque with your name, your family name, your school class, or a loved one will be permanently displayed on our beautiful wooden boardwalk. Call (251) 861-2141 ext 7545 for more information.
The Friends of the Sea Lab basic level memberships only cost:
$50 for individual, $30 for students and $100 for families, for this you will receive:
You'll get even more with Supporting Levels such as:
Seahorse • $250
Skate • $500
Starfish • $1000
School of Fish • $2500+
Want to Volunteer at the Estuarium?
For people who enjoy meeting a wide range of visitors, and who love to share their enthusiasm for the environment, the Estuarium provides a wonderful opportunity to get involved. Show eager students and visitors how ticklish horseshoe crabs are, talk to the public about important marine problems, guide school groups around exhibits, and much more. Volunteers will receive extensive training, numerous benefits, and the chance to meet and greet visitors from right down the street to across the country.
Host Your Event Here!
It’s an Evening to Remember at the Estuarium at The Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Make your next function a memorable event for you and your guests at this beautiful and unique location. Whether it's a casual cocktail get-together, or an elegant seated dinner, the Estuarium is a venue so distinctive; it will have your guests talking about it for years to come.
Come stroll on our Living Marsh Boardwalk and observe a fiery sunset over Mobile Bay. Enjoy a beverage under our romantic pavilion, and adjourn with your guests to the Exhibit Hall, where beautiful aquaria await to entertain and delight your company. For more information on your special event at the Estuarium, call (251) 861-2141 ext 7000 or email Jeana Layne at email@example.com.
Adventures, Tours, & Talks
The Estuarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab hosts a number of free public events year-round. The twice-monthly Boardwalk Talk program offers the public a chance to engage with the experts at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab on science topics as wide-ranging as climate change, habitat restoration, hypoxia, sea level change, salt marshes, oyster reefs, sharks and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Summer Excursion program takes visitors into the habitats studied by our marine scientists, researchers and students at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. The Estuarium also provides a variety of Educational Materials for K-12 teachers to use on their field trips.
Boardwalk Talks are on the first and third Wednesday of the month at 11:15 a.m. Talks are hosted by researchers, graduate students, post docs, educators, aquarists and technicians.
Only $12 per person (adults and children)! Payment is due the morning of the excursion. Children 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult; adults are responsible for their children. Space is limited so reservations are recommended. Please note that Estuarium admission is separate. DISL reserves the right to cancel in case of inclement weather or insufficient participation.
Click here to download the Excursions Reservation Form.
|September 1- February 28/29
Monday to Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
March 1 - August 31
The Estuarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab will be closed on the following days:
- New Year's Day
- Easter Sunday
- Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Eve Day
- Christmas Day
- New Year's Eve Day
Children (5-18) or Students with ID $6.00
Children under 5 Free
Group rates available. For Group Scheduling contact Beth Klein at 251-861-2141 x7511
Shirts and shoes required. No bikini tops
Note: No open containers of beverages are allowed
Click a link below to view the current weather at Dauphin Island Sea Lab.
Ray Tank Feedings
Monday - Saturday
10:00 am, 1:30 pm, 4:00 pm
1:30 pm and 4:00 pm
Large Gallery Tank Feedings
Tuesday and Thursday
The Estuarium - A Public Aquarium
The Estuarium is an exciting educational public aquarium highlighting the four key habitats of coastal Alabama: the Mobile Tensaw River Delta, Mobile Bay, the Barrier Islands and the Northern Gulf of Mexico. It includes the 10,000 square foot Exhibit Hall, a 7,000 gallon sting ray touch pool, and the Living Marsh Boardwalk. This facility has 31 aquariums totaling over 30,000 gallons with more than 100 species on display. The Estuarium showcases the plants, animals, and other natural resources found in the Estuary and its surrounding marine habitats.
Through beautiful visual exhibits and engaging interactive exhibits, the Estuarium will leave you with a broader understanding of the interactions that take place in Mobile Bay, the fourth largest estuary system in the United States.