VISITORS can walk a historic trail, watch a live animal show and learn about manta rays and turtles at the University of Queensland's Moreton Bay Research Station open day this month.
Science enthusiasts can take a look around the facility on North Stradbroke Island on Saturday, November 30 from 10am to 3pm.
The station - which is one of Australia's largest marine research centres - is based at the corner of Flinders Avenue and Fraser Street at Dunwich.
Station manager Kevin Townsend invited the community to join in activities on the day.
"People will be able to enjoy free cruises in Moreton Bay, guided by qualified teachers and a scientific expert, see a live animal show presented by Geckoes Wildlife and participate in art workshops," he said.
"We will have our popular marine touch tanks so guests can get up close and personal with the creatures of Moreton Bay."
Quandamooka man Mathew Burns will take visitors along the Goompi Trail, a one hour historical walk along the Dunwich foreshore.
People will learn about Aboriginal artefacts, hunting methods, bush tucker, medicines and traditional ochres.
From 10am at the station's library, scholarship winners and scientists will talk on diverse topics including the Moreton Bay bottlenose dolphins, the global impact of marine debris, how to measure the energy needs of a manta ray, parasites in our turtles and the microscopic creatures of Moreton Bay.
"These up-and-coming early career scientists are making a change to how we understand Moreton Bay (Quandamooka)," Mr Townsend said.
The event is free. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
The station is within walking distance of the One Mile Jetty.
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