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MarineQuest features educational fun for all ages

News Release

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Media contact: Michelle Kerr, 727-502-4787

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute has fun down to a science at MarineQuest 2016! Experience hands-on educational activities and displays at FWRI’s annual open house.

The public is invited to explore Florida’s fish, wildlife and their habitats on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at FWRI’s headquarters in downtown St. Petersburg (100 Eighth Ave. SE).

MarineQuest is a free, family-friendly event featuring more than 60 exhibits from FWRI as well as other government agencies and conservation groups. Held in conjunction with the St. Petersburg Science Festival, MarineQuest offers fun for the whole family. Visitors will get an exclusive peek into the latest research of world-renowned scientists.

Attendees of MarineQuest 2016 can see, learn about and even touch live alligators and a variety of Florida’s most popular inshore sport fish. Visitors can also learn about Florida’s coastal birds and ways they can assist with conservation efforts. Tour the main building indoors and get an up-close look at sea turtle and manatee skeletons, and peer through super microscopes to see what the naked eye cannot. MarineQuest offers a host of other fun activities including archery and arts and crafts, such as gyotaku–the art of Japanese fish printing.

Event parking is available for $3 at the SouthCore Parking Garage, 101 First Ave S. A free shuttle will transport visitors from the parking garage to the MarineQuest entrance.

For more information about MarineQuest 2016, visit

Sponsors include the Tampa Bay Times, University of South Florida St. Petersburg and the City of St. Petersburg.

This event is designed to provide equal opportunities for enjoyment by all participants. If you would like to request any particular aids or services pursuant to disability laws, contact the event planner at 727-896-8626 or the city of St. Petersburg Community Affairs Division at 727-893-7345 or 727-892-5259 TDD/TTY.

FWC Facts:
Female alligators rarely exceed 9.5 feet in length, but males can grow much larger, up to 14 feet long and more than 1,000 pounds.

Learn More at AskFWC