When: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19
Where: Jacksonville University’s Marine Science Research Institute (MSRI) on the riverfront, 2800 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville, Fla. 32211- 3394
Cost: $10 per adult, youths under 18 free; payable at the door (cash and checks)
Description: Fourth annual “Ripples on the River,” hosted by the MSRI. The first 180 youths receive a free Rod & Reel from Fish Florida. The event will feature live music; a fishing clinic by TV personality Capt. Don Dingman; tours of the beautiful new W.C. and Susan Gentry Boardwalk and Nature Preserve; lunch of seafood from SeaBest, along with hot dogs, chips and slaw; Sweetwater Beer sampling; a critter touch tank by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; River Taxi boat rides courtesy of the St. Johns Riverkeeper; tours of the MSRI; and more. The day is designed to help youths and their families discover what marine research on the St. Johns is all about.
The MSRI is the premier biological and environmental research and education facility on the river. The two-story, 32,000-square-foot “certified-green” building has classrooms, laboratories, offices for the St. Johns Riverkeeper and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and areas for teaching Duval County public school students.
RSVP: By May 14 to Lauren at (904) 256-7095
Information: Dr. Quinton White Jr., executive director of the MSRI, (904) 256-7766, firstname.lastname@example.org