Programs For the Public

OMP hosts public lectures and offers annual public beachcombing events, lectures and historic walking tours.
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Coastal Institute Bookstore

While on the Bay Campus, stop by the Coastal Institute Bookstore. Featuring books, clothing, and marine-themed gifts, the bookstore is open to the public Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11AM-1PM.

Beachcombing for Families

Explore the beach with a URI Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) Outreach Scientist at the GSO Open House event, "Ocean Science for the Ocean State".

All  Beachcombing events are free and open to the public.



Historic South Ferry Walking Tours

Enjoy popular one-hour interpretive walks featuring the historic South Ferry area. Led by Wayne and Bernice Durfee, the program begins with a half-hour presentation of historic photos at the Coastal Institute Viistor Center. The walk then ventures down to the site of the old ferry landing, near the remains of WWI military bunkers overlooking Narragansett Bay, and through the campus of the Graduate School of Oceanography. The walking tours are free and are designed for adult audiences.


Fish Lecture

The annual Charles and Marie Fish Lecture is supported by income from the Charlie and Bobbie Fish Endowment for Oceanography. The endowment was established in 1989 by Marilyn Munro and family in memory of her parents, Drs. Charles and Marie Fish. Through their joint efforts, the Fishes established the University’s first marine biological program in 1935, and eventually a graduate program in oceanography at the Narragansett Marine Laboratory, which later became URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography.