St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
St. Petersburg Science Festival Planning is underway for the 2013 St. Petersburg Science Festival, a free, public celebration of science that offers a wide range of engaging, interactive science, technology, engineering, and math-related activities. For the third year in a row, the USGS Coastal and Marine Science Center will play an integral role as a collaborator and exhibitor for this event, which will be held in October, 2013, on the waterfront campus of University of South Florida (USF), St. Petersburg, FL.
The free festival is held in conjunction with MarineQuest, the annual open house for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute. USF St. Petersburg officials estimated last year's attendance at more than 12,000—and festival organizers expect an even bigger turnout this year, with more events and excitement in the works!
Our contribution to the St. Petersburg Science Festival builds on a strong USGS commitment to sharing science with the community that began at the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center more than 10 years ago with the first annual open house held in 1999. Read more about USGS involvement in community events: 2012 – USGS Contributes to Success of St. Petersburg Science Festival in Florida, to be released in the upcoming issue of SoundWaves (February 2013).