Visit an aquarium on wheels when the Philips Wharf Fishmobile comes to the Natural History Society of Maryland in Baltimore this weekend.
On June 26, kids can get up close and personal with Chesapeake Bay animals at the traveling marine science program from Tilghman Island. Part of a program called Nature Connections, the interactive, hands-on event is called “Life and the Chesapeake Bay” and is free. Kids will have a chance to:
- Touch or hold horseshoe crabs and diamondback terrapins.
- Learn how an oyster reef is created, what else lives there and how oysters help the bay.
- Explore the watershed; learn properties of water, water cycles and river names; and play “Who Polluted the Bay.”
- Discover distributions, migration and adaptations of fish.
- Play predator and prey games to understand the importance of horseshoe crabs.
- Examine the anatomy of a blue crab, its life cycle and harvest methods.
- Learn about adaptations, migration, predators and prey of turtles and birds.
At 1:15 p.m. research naturalist Kathy Baker-Brosh will lead a discussion on “What do you really know about Maryland blue crab anatomy and life history?” There will be a presentation about blue crabs including dissecting a steamed crab to observe its anatomy, life habits and adaptations. There is a limit of 50 crabs for dissection.
The event runs 1-4 p.m. at the Natural History Society of Maryland, 6908 Belair Road, Baltimore. Parking will be limited due to the Fishmobile but there is plenty of free parking in a large public lot directly across Belair Road from the building.
For details visit the Natural History Society of Maryland website.