Building resilient Coastal Communities is Coast Day topic Oct. 6

October 1, 2013

The University of Delaware's festive Coast Day returns for the 37th year from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 6.

The theme this year is Building Resilient Coastal Communities. Throughout the event, UD scientists, staff and students are highlighting some of the many ways they are working to maintain a healthy environment and ensure society continues to benefit from the coast. Anyone curious about the wonders of the sea can visit the Hugh R. Sharp Campus, Pilottown Road in Lewes on Coast Day to learn about the state's rich marine resources.

Coast Day will highlight how UD scientists, staff, and students are improving understanding of ocean environments and serving coastal communities. Coast Day attendees can interact with researchers, tour ships, try hands-on activities and attend presentations on a range of topics.

Family-friendly activities include an event-wide treasure hunt for answers to questions about the environment and Coast Day exhibits. Children can meet sea-dwelling animals such as horseshoe crabs and dogfish sharks at the critter touch tanks. Everyone can enjoy live music, vendor displays and seafood favorites showcased by local chefs at the Crab Cake Cook-Off and the Seafood Chowder Challenge.

Coast Day is sponsored by UD’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, and the Delaware Sea Grant College Program.

Call the University of Delaware Environmental Public Education Office at 302-831-8083, the Delaware Sea Grant Program at 302-645-4234 or email

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