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Our first official open day was held in 2012. Local school children have been coming to learn at the lab for years, though, as one of Dr. Samuel Gruber’s passions was educating the next generation of future scientists. Open days allow local students in Bimini to come to the lab and experience it for a day. We have hosted a wide range of age groups, from younger students at the primary school all the way to the senior class at the local high school. It involves a presentation on our history and research, some fun games and demonstrations about sharks, seeing baby lemon sharks, and sharing a meal together.


During open days, we bring the students to us. For local school talks, we bring the Shark Lab to them! We strive to make the talks as engaging and immersive as possible, as many local Biminite students (even having grown up in Bimini) have never seen a shark or visited the mangroves. Some students in North Bimini have never even been to South Bimini. Because of this, we want to share with them what is right out in their backyard and why things like the local fauna and flora are important to their home.



Community barbecues are a great setting to connect with locals living in Bimini. It is a way for us to give back to the community after years of continual support from locals towards our lab, station crew, and visitors. Our first one was held in 2019, and we look forward to hosting much more in the future.