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March 14, 2008

Education vessel trips offered during marine center open house

As a spotlight of the programs taking place during the Marine Center Open House on Saturday, May 3rd from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ft. Johnson in Charleston, educational cruises aboard the E/V Discovery will be offered for pre-registered participants.
Three trips will be offered during the course of Open House, and participants will be led through an estuarine ecology lesson aboard the marine educational vessel out into the Charleston Harbor. Pre-registration is required for this event and thirty spaces are available per trip. You must be at least 10 years of age to participate in the educational cruise. To sign-up, contact S.C. Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) marine educator, Kattie McMillan, at McMillanK@dnr.sc.gov.

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During the Marine Resources' Center Open House, exhibits, displays, hands-on activities and seminars will showcase the efforts of 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 Ft. Johnson campus: Hollings Marine Laboratory, NOAA, College of Charleston, and the Medical University of South Carolina.
For information about Open House 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 6-9 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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