Event Date: Saturday, September 23
Event Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Estuarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab
The Dauphin Island Sea Lab will celebrate National Estuaries Day on Saturday, September 23 with half price admission to the Estuarium, salt marsh excursions, and a variety of activities for all ages. Activities will run from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Nationwide, Restore America's Estuaries partners with organizations like the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and the National Estuary Program to shine a spotlight on the importance of our estuaries.
Estuaries, like Mobile Bay, are where freshwater meets saltwater. Our estuaries are economically and environmentally important, because they serve as a nursery habitat for many commercially and recreationally important fish and shellfish, such as oysters, shrimp, and red snapper.
It is important for us to be good stewards and protect this vital part of our community.
Along with the self-guided tour of the Estuarium, Discovery Hall Programs will have displays for you to learn about the animals living in our estuary, the dangers they face, and how you can protect their habitat.
You'll also have the chance to see their habitat with our salt marsh excursions included in your Estuarium admission on National Estuaries Day. Excursions are planned for 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Please remember to wear closed toe shoes and clothing you don't mind getting a bit muddy for the marsh excursion. We also suggest bringing a hat and sunscreen with you for the marsh trip.
Also, that morning, the Town of Dauphin Island, Dauphin Island Park & Beach Board, Dauphin Island Sea Lab, and the Alabama Coastal Foundation will host a sign unveiling at 9 a.m. at the East End Beach. Recently, these groups came together for a habitat restoration project which included planting 3,500 sea oats, 840 panic grass cells and 75 dune elders.
For more information about the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium, visit disl.org/estuarium and plan your visit.