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April 24, 2008

DNR Marine Resources Center Open House set for May 3

"Life’s Better Outdoors!" The public can learn first-hand and free of charge about South Carolina’s matchless natural resources on Saturday, May 3, at an Open House at the Marine Resources Center on James Island’s Fort Johnson.

Hours for the Open House are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parking will be provided at James Island Charter High School, with buses transporting visitors to Fort Johnson.

Exhibits, displays, hands-on activities and seminars will showcase the efforts of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to protect, conserve and manage the state’s woods and waters, especially marine resources. The DNR will be joined by its partners on the Fort Johnson campus: Hollings Marine Laboratory, NOAA, College of Charleston, and the Medical University of South Carolina.

Live animals, food, a touch tank, and research vessel and history tours will be among the attractions. More than 30 booths and demonstrations will showcase activities such as cast netting, fish printing, seafood cooking, sea turtle conservation and fish tagging. Visitors will learn about boating safety, freshwater fishery management techniques, climatology, and shellfish bed building and maintenance.
For information and directions to the Marine Resources Center and high school parking, call (843) 953-9300.

In addition to the Open House, Fort Johnson will also host the 2008 Harry Hampton Marine Conservation Banquet and Auction, to be held the night before, from 6-10 p.m. on Friday, May 2. Attendees will be able to preview some of the Open House displays, exhibits and activities, as they enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, beverages and live and silent auctions.

Tickets are $25 per person or $40 per couple. For information and tickets, call (843) 953-9103.

DNR protects and manages South Carolina's natural resources by making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state's natural resources and its people.

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