The Sea Around Us: You Are What You Drink

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!

Schedule of Events

September 29 – October 1, 2017

Discover the big science happening in the little village of Woods Hole at the following institutions, all within walking distance. Better yet, taking the Shining Sea Bikeway into town!

Saturday, September 30: Special Events

zephyr10 AM – NOON
Science in a Sandbox
Zephyr Education Center Foundation, 97 Water Street, Woods Hole
Kids of all ages (and adults too!) are guaranteed to be captivated by the Augmented Reality Sandbox, which uses a video camera and computer software to project a topographical map on a brightly colored sandbox allowing users to explore sea level rise and storm surge scenarios in real time. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn about geoscience and have fun doing it!
The History of the Pacific Guano Company
Debbie Scanlon, Executive Director, Woods Hole Historical Museum
Woods Hole Public Library, 581 Woods Hole Road
Beginning in 1859, Woods Hole was home to the Pacific Guano works. On Penzance Point, where multimillion dollar homes now stand, ships from around the world brought guano and dead fish to a smelly factory that manufactured fertilizer. But in 1889, the guano works suddenly shut down. Learn more about about its prominent role in the village, followed by a sudden closing in 1889.
Special Screening: A Plastic Ocean
WHOI Redfield Auditorium, 45 Water Street
Couldn’t make it to the 2017 Woods Hole Film Festival? Enjoy a FREE repeat screening of A PLASTIC OCEAN, presented by Woods Hole Film Festival and sponsored by Quicks Hole. The film begins when journalist Craig Leeson, searching for the elusive blue whale, discovers plastic waste in what should be pristine ocean. In this adventure documentary, Leeson teams up with free diver Tanya Streeter and an international team of scientists and researchers, and they travel to twenty locations around the world over the next four years to explore the fragile state of our oceans, uncover alarming truths about plastic pollution, and reveal working solutions that can be put into immediate effect.

Sunday, October 1: Special Event

Watershed-Ride-2-n2 PM -4 PM
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 p.m.

Saturday, September 16: Village Visitation

10 AM – 4:30 PM
WHOI Ocean Science Exhibit Center
15 School Street, Woods Hole
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.

10 AM – 4 PM
Woods Hole Historical Museum
579 Woods Hole Road, Woods Hole
The Woods Hole Historical Museum is a lively small museum with changing exhibits and diverse programs appealing to people with wide interests. Currently on view: “Navigating the Seas in the Age of Sail” and “A History of Shellfishing on Cape Cod.”

11 AM – 4 PM
MBL Pierce Exhibit Center
100 Water Street, Woods Hole
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. The gift shop has you covered with Rachel Carson books and merchandise to commemorate your Cape Cod visit.

11 AM – 4 PM
Woods Hole Science Aquarium
166 Water Street, Woods Hole
Home to more than 140 species of marine mammals, the aquarium offers touch tanks of lobsters, horseshoe crabs, and starfish.  Established in Woods Hole in 1885, the WHSA is the country’s oldest marine aquarium. It is owned by the federal government and operated by NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, in partnership with the Marine Biological Laboratory.

Noon – 5:30 PM
Woods Hole Public Library
581 Woods Hole Road, Woods Hole
The library boasts a collection of books, magazines and newspapers, videos, books on cassette, music CDs, ebooks, and audiobooks totaling nearly 40,000 items. It includes four special collections: the Thomas G. Ratcliffe Collection of plays and books on theater and film, local history, maritime books, and non-technical books on all of the sciences, and is also home to a unique collection of historic paintings by Franklin L. Gifford.