UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant will host Spring Celebration at the UGA Aquarium on March 10 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

During the event, participants will be among the first to see the UGA Aquarium’s new educational display about Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary that was made possible thanks to a Hollings Award from the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation.

The display will feature a wall-mounted monitor showing underwater video footage of Gray’s Reef. Volunteers from the sanctuary will give presentations about this unique protected area off the Georgia coast and its importance to marine life. The exhibit allows those who aren’t able to explore the offshore reef an opportunity to learn about its features and understand its importance.

Other activities include family-friendly, interactive presentations by marine educators at the aquarium that focus on animals you can observe in spring. Reptile talks will feature live native species found in Georgia, including gopher tortoises, diamondback terrapins and corn snakes. Outdoor birding activities will highlight the types of shorebirds that visit local beaches this time of year.

Behind-the-scenes aquarium tours will allow visitors a glimpse into the daily life of an aquarium curator and walks through the demonstration garden will educate visitors about native plants and animals found on the coast.

All activities are included with general admission to the aquarium.

Additional information about the event can be found here http://gacoast.uga.edu/event/3922/