Annual Open Day at Victoria’s Coastal Ecology Laboratory

Wellington locals have the chance for a first-hand look at the exciting marine biology discoveries happening right on their doorstep at the Victoria University Coastal Ecology Laboratory (VUCEL) Annual Open Day.

Between 10am and 3pm on Saturday 10 March, visitors of all ages can get up close with marine creatures and learn about marine life from the interactive displays. They will be able to see the research equipment in action and ask the laboratory’s knowledgeable team of researchers anything they want to know about marine biology.

“Visitors will discover some of the ingenious ways we can learn about the things that live beneath the waves,” says Dr Jeff Shima, Director of VUCEL. “This event gives our researchers an opportunity to share what they do and why they do it. Our team loves the excitement of Open Day, and we look forward to it every year”.  

The Open Day is the only time the laboratory is open to the public.

The Open Day is part of Seaweek. Run by the NZ Association for Environmental Education (NZAEE), Seaweek aims to inspire New Zealanders to care for and connect with the sea. There are many events for all ages running from 3 March to 11 March throughout New Zealand.

“We love this opportunity to share the discoveries and research work of the lab with the community. It’s a great way to get people thinking about the serious issues that affect our marine environment,” says Dr Shima.

What: Victoria University of Wellington Coastal Ecology Lab (VUCEL) Open Day

When: 10am to 3pm, Saturday 10 March
396 The Esplanade, Island Bay
Free (optional gold coin donation)
RSVP: No booking required