Spend a Day on Great Bay Cruise
8:30am - 2:30pm
Join fellow cruisers on an activity-based excursion from Portsmouth up the Piscataqua River into the Great Bay Estuary and to the Jackson Estuarine Laboratory. You are likely to get your hands wet as you learn about marine and estuarine ecosystems on this informal, educational cruise. You'll be invited to tow for plankton and marvel at its movement in a magnifying scope; capture water from below the surface and test its characteristics; observe, handle and hear about plants and animals from the unique habitats of the estuary; deploy an otter trawl; and find out what scientists study about The Great Bay.
You will cruise aboard the 50 foot UNH Research Vessel, Gulf Challenger, under the guidance of the enthusiastic and knowledgeable UNH Marine Docents, a N.H. Sea Grant water resources educator and the crew of the Gulf Challenger. Time aboard the boat is approximately 5 hours including about a half-hour visit to the Jackson Estuarine Laboratory.
Reservations, prices & times:
Open to members of the public on a first come, first served basis Ages: Adults & Children 10 years of age and older (must be accompanied by an adult) Cost: $40 for Adults $25 for Children (10 & up) Location: UNH Pier next to the U.S. Coast Guard Station at Fort Point in New Castle, N.H.
8:30 a.m.: Mandatory check-in and orientation 9:00 a.m.: Departure 2:30 p.m.: Return to dock