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The Marine and Paleobiological Research Institute, Inc., is a 501(c)(3)
organization located on Martha's Vineyard Island, Massachusetts, and was founded in 2004.
We will be visiting the 7th grade science classes of Ms. Lea Dorr in Oak Bluffs on 17 and 18 February to be a resource to the students who are studying the rock cycle and the history of beach pebbles found on the Vineyard.
We will be bringing touchable fossils to engage the preschoolers at the Island Children's School in West Tisbury on 4 March.
The Earth Day Beach Clean-Up organized by the Vineyard Conservation Society will be on 11 April, followed by a VCS 50th birthday and 23rd annual beach clean-up party at the Harbor View Hotel
In March we visited two 8th grade science classes of Mrs. Connie Alexander in Tisbury, bringing a range of fossils for study and discussion.
In March we brought touchable fossils to preschoolers at the Island Children's School in West Tisbury.
In February we visited the 7th grade science classes of Ms. Lea Dorr in Oak Bluffs as they studied the history of beach pebbles found on the Vineyard.
In February we served on the panel of judges at the MVRHS 2015 Science Fair. The MPRI Award went to Patrick Best and Pearl Vercruysse.
In December we visited the MVRHS science class of Ms. Anna Cotton to incorporate SEA STARS into their studies of Island fisheries and Vineyard marine life.
In November MPRI Director Dr. Fred Hotchkiss received the Russel P. Stanhope Distinguished Friend of Science Award from the Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers (MAST), with huge thanks for being nominated by Tisbury 7th and 8th Grade Science Teacher Mrs. Connie Alexander.
Fossil Fred brought a carload of fossils to Mr. David Faber's 8th grade science classes, Wednesday, October 22, Edgartown School.
MPRI celebrated National Fossil Day on Martha’s Vineyard: Thursday October 16th in partnership with the Oak Bluffs Public Library and the National Parks Service. The event was free to all, and 230 children, parents, teachers and fossil enthusiasts participated.
We assisted in Archaeology ID Day at the Martha's Vineyard Museum, 30 August, and the public brought in great finds from around the Vineyard.
We presented a FAMILY-ORIENTED HANDS-ON-FOSSILS PROGRAM at the Edgartown Library on 5 August, with co-presenter biological oceanographer Wendy Culbert. Thirty-five persons, including 25 children, happily experienced fossils.
WE LED CITIZEN SCIENTIST volunteers doing horseshoe crab spawning surveys in May and June in Lake Tashmoo.
In May we visited the WEST TISBURY FOURTH GRADE classes of Rebecca Solway and Jen McHugh with buckets of sea water and LIVING SEA STARS
WE PRESENTED A PREE PUBLIC LECTURE
Horseshoe Crabs: A Story of Beach Trysts and Blue Bloods
AT FOUR LIBRARIES
3/20 at Oak Bluffs Library
3/25 at Vineyard Haven Library
4/9 at Chilmark Library
4/16 at Edgartown Library
MPRI was a sponsor of the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School
8 February, 2014.
Fossil Fred visited the 5th and 6th grade science classes of Ms Justen Walker and Ms Nicole Pereira on Monday, December 16th, 2013 in Westport, MA
Fossil Fred visited the West Tibury 1st grade class of Ms Tessa Wall on Friday, November 15, 2013
the Fourth Annual NATIONAL FOSSIL DAY was celebrated at the OAK BLUFFS PUBLIC LIBRARY on Thursday, October 17, 2013, 4PM to 7:45PM. About 180 people came to the event.
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