Discovery Day - April 10, 2021

While the 2020 event was canceled due to COVID-19, we have scheduled our 2021 event for April 10. Mark your Calendars.

Discovery Day is the Dauphin Island Sea Lab's open house for the public. Once a year, the public is given a tour of our research facilities to learn about our coastal environment and the research our team is working on. Visitors will learn about the coastal ecosystem we live in and why it's important to conserve our precious and unique environment. 

We appreciate the support of our media sponsors, 92Zew, WKRG, and The Mobile Rundown, for the 2019 event. 

Hours and Admission

Discovery Day is from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Admission is free to all exhibits outside of the Estuarium. Adults will pay a reduced admission to the Estuarium. Children receive free admission to the Estuarium. 


Discovery Day focuses on giving a hands-on experience to learning about our coastal environment. Exhibits include and are not limited to touch tables, marine-themed games, and arts and crafts. Smokey the Bear, the Azalea Trail Maids and a number of community agencies will also take part.

Thank you to the groups listed below for their continued support:

  • 92Zew
  • Alabama Coastal Foundation
  • Alabama Center for Ecological Resilience
  • Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
  • Alabama Forestry
  • Alabama Power 
  • Azalea Trail Maids
  • Compass Solar Energy
  • Dauphin Island Birders
  • Dauphin Island Fire and Rescue
  • Drug Education Council
  • Environmental Studies Center- MCPSS
  • Five Rivers Delta Center
  • Geo Thermal Solutions
  • Leave No Trace
  • Litter Gitter
  • Manatee Sighting Network
  • Mississippi State Community Forestry
  • Mobile Area Water & Sewer System
  • Mobile Bay National Estuary Program
  • Mobile County Emergency Management Agency
  • Mobile County Flotilla
  • New York Life
  • National Weather Service
  • Share the Beach
  • Simone Lipscomb/Linda Bell-Schorer
  • Tim Malkowskie-Gyotaku Fish Prints
  • The Mobile Rundown
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Town of Dauphin Island
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • University of South Alabama Archaeology
  • University of Southern Mississippi Shark Research Program
  • Weeks Bay National Estuarine
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