About this Press Kit
Welcome to the online press kit for MarineQuest 2014. This kit is designed to provide all the details you will need to cover the FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute's (FWRI) 20th annual open house. New information will be added as it becomes available. This article also includes pictures and video highlights from previous MarineQuest events. For additional information, please contact Brandon Basino, FWRI's media relations coordinator, at 727-896-8626.
In 1995, the first MarineQuest open house was held. The event was created to inform the public about the research performed at the institute and to introduce the community to the world of marine science. The next year, MarineQuest expanded, and a second day was added to provide local schools and students an opportunity to visit the institute.
In the years that followed, MarineQuest evolved into a three-day event that welcomes thousands: more than 8,400 people attended last year. MarineQuest has also grown to include exhibits about wildlife and freshwater fish. School Daze, a special version of MarineQuest available to 4th through 8th grade students by registration only, is held on the Thursday and Friday before the public open house. Students who visit School Daze get a guided tour through a sampling of MarineQuest stations. At each station, FWC staff lead activities and provide hands-on demonstrations to explain their research projects to the students. Then on Saturday, the public is invited to enjoy MarineQuest and learn about Florida’s fish and wildlife and their habitats.
Information on the 2014 public open house on Saturday, October 18, 2014.
MarineQuest School Daze
A fun, free, hands-on field trip for students in grades 4 through 8. This year's event is scheduled for Thursday, October 16 and Friday, October 17, 2014.
MarineQuest 2013 Flyer
MarineQuest 2013 Info Card
MarineQuest 2013 Artwork
Photo and Video Opportunities
Opportunities for live shots are available for morning, noon and weekend newscasts. During School Daze on October 16 and 17, photo and video opportunities are available from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. During the public open house on October 18, opportunities are available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pre-planned early morning live shots are available on all three days.
Interviews with FWRI staff members can be arranged prior to the event.
MarineQuest video from previous years is available to media outlets for B-Roll upon request. For more information or to schedule a live shot, please contact Brandon Basino at 727-896-8626.
MarineQuest Flickr Set
Fish and Wildlife Research Institute to host 19th annual MarineQuest open house
MarineQuest 2013 Sponsors
Tampa Bay Times
City of St. Petersburg
University of South Florida St. Petersburg