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Story and Mission T he Dauphin Island Sea Lab is the state of Alabama’s marine science education and research institution giving all ages access to learning about our oceans. Everyone can find something new in their adventures to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab whether visiting with a school group, for summer programs, a professional workshop, or to visit our public aquarium, the Estuarium. “The mission of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is to educate our citizens how extraordinarily valuable the Gulf of Mexico is to the state of Alabama. That value manifests itself in our cultural history, economic sustainability, and the quality of life which we enjoy on a daily basis. All of this tied to a clean environment and a clean Gulf of Mexico,” DISL Executive Director John Valentine said. Hands-on learning is at the core of that mission. During a field trip, a summer camp, college courses, or on the road with the BayMobile, there’s a chance to get up close to our marine environment. Do Some Good VOLUNTEER: For people who enjoy meeting a wide range of visitors, and who love to share their enthusiasm for the environment, the Estuarium provides a wonderful opportunity to get involved. Volunteers show eager students and visitors how ticklish horseshoe crabs are, talk to the public about important marine problems, guide school groups around exhibits, and much more. Volunteers will receive extensive training, numerous benefits, and the chance to meet and greet visitors from right down the street to across the country. To become an Estuarium docent volunteer, contact Jamelle Roy at (251) 861-2141 x7545 or email: Our Upcoming Events • • • • Saturday, April 4: Discovery Day Thursday, May 7: Cocktails with the Critters Monday, June 8: World Oceans Day Friday, September 25: Forks and Corks Seafood and Science Culinary Gala “Our education philosophy is one of ‘do’,” Dr. Tina-Miller- Way of Discovery Hall Programs said. “Giving our visitors a true hands-on experience in field, the salt marsh, on the boat, collecting and analyzing data. It’s these experiences that give all of our visitors a better understanding of our ocean.” The public aquarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, the Estuarium, gives visitors a broader understanding of the interactions that take place in Mobile Bay, the fourth largest estuary system in the United States. You’ll journey through coastal Alabama learning about the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta, Mobile Bay, the Barrier Islands, and the northern Gulf of Mexico. Displays feature rarely seen marine animals native to these ecosystems. With more than 31 aquariums, you’ll get up close with polka- dot batfish, seahorses, octopus, diamondback turtles, hidden cup corals, and more. Contact Us 251-861-2141 102 Bienville Blvd. Dauphin Island, AL 36528 visit | Text “Rundown” to 33222 11