The Sea Around Us: You Are What You Drink

September 29 – October 1, 2017

The Woods Hole Business Association is proud to partner this September with the world-renowned Woods Hole science community to present “Destination Science: Discover Woods Hole,” two weekends packed full of mostly free events in celebration of the global impact being made by laboratories right here! Come this fall to experience Cape Cod like a local, and discover the big science happening in the little village of Woods Hole.

“The Sea Around Us: You Are What You Drink,” will celebrate the 11th Annual Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride, beginning in Little Compton, Rhode Island on October 1 and ending in Woods Hole. Proceeds benefit the Buzzards Bay Coalition, a membership-supported nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration, protection, and sustainable use and enjoyment of the Bay and its watershed. The Coalition works to improve the health of the Bay ecosystem through education, conservation, research, and advocacy. For the past 25 years, the Coalition has kept a watchful eye on Buzzards Bay’s health to understand the ecosystem’s response to human-related impacts.

The schedule of events is below. Details are subject to change, and new events will be added. For more information, visit and tune into media sponsor WCAI to find out about special offers from Woods Hole restaurants and retailers!

Saturday, September 30

Village Visitation
Explore the big science happening in the little village of Woods Hole, all within walking distance. Better yet, take the Shining Sea Bikeway into town!

11 AM to 4 PM
MBL Pierce Exhibit Center, 100 Water Street
Colorful exhibits tell the story of the Marine Biological Laboratory and its impact on life sciences. Live animals, stunning underwater video footage, a hands-on microscope, and an interactive squid are all part of the visitor experience.

10 AM-4:30 PM
WHOI Ocean Science Exhibit Center, 15 School Street
Discover the research happening at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the tools of their trade; get a glimpse into a day in the life of the deep submersible Alvin, the discovery of the Titanic, and much more.

11 AM – 4 PM
Woods Hole Science Aquarium, 166 Water Street
Home to more than 140 species of marine mammals, the aquarium offers touch tanks of lobsters, horseshoe crabs, and starfish, just to name a few. Consider scheduling your visit around the daily seal feeding, most days at 11 and 4 – a crowd-pleaser for all ages and a great photo opportunity. Complimentary parking is available.

10 AM – 4 PM
Woods Hole Historical Museum, 579 Woods Hole Road
On View: “Navigating the Seas by the Sun and the Stars: Sailing the Waters of New England” and “A History of Shellfishing on Cape Cod”

Gallery Talk – “The History of the Pacific Guano Company”
Debbie Scanlon, Executive Director, Woods Hole Historical Museum

zephyr10 AM – 3 PM
Zephyr Education Center Foundation, 97 Water Street
Kids and adults will be captivated by the Augmented Reality Sandbox, a portable version of the virtual reality system used in the Zephyr’s Ocean Science and Technology Program.
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Afternoon Screening with UnderCurrent Productions
WHOI Redfield Auditorium, 45 Water StreetEnjoy a 2-hour screening of short films by UnderCurrent Productions featuring the award-winning documentary, “The Watershed.”

8 PM -10 PM
A Night at the Movies with Woods Hole Film Festival
WHOI Redfield Auditorium, 45 Water StreetCatch a special repeat screening of Craig Leeson’s feature documentary, “A Plastic Ocean” from the 2017 Woods Hole Film Festival.

Sunday, October 1

Self-Guided Tour: “Discover Woods Hole” App
It’s not all about the science! Download the “Discover Woods Hole” app on your iPhone or iPad. Take in all the tiny, booming village has to offer, including waterfront restaurants, local arts, and iconic photo opportunities, such as the Rachel Carson statue in Waterfront Park by Barnstable sculptor David Lewis, known for his iconic sculpture of John F. Kennedy, located in front of the JFK Hyannis Museum.

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Watershed Ride Finish Line Party, MBL Swope Center, 250 MBL Street
Join the cheering section to welcome the riders and cap off this amazing 100-mile bike ride, spanning Little Compton, R.I. to Woods Hole, all in support of Buzzards Bay Coalition’s vital work to protect and promote clean waters. Cyclists are expected to reach the finish line between 2 and 4.