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Coast Day 2014

The University of Delaware's festive Coast Day returned for the 38th year on Sunday, Oct. 5. Our theme this year was "Weather & Climate: On Our Radar." Throughout the event, UD scientists, staff, and students highlighted some of the many ways we observe and study the effects of climate and weather in Delaware and around the world. Thousands of people curious about the wonders of the sea visited the Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes, Del. on Coast Day to learn about the state's rich marine resources.

Each year, Coast Day showcases how UD scientists, staff, and students are improving our understanding of ocean environments and serve coastal communities. Coast Day attendees can interact with researchers, tour ships, try hands-on activities, and attend presentations on a range of topics.

Family-friendly activities included an event-wide treasure hunt for answers to questions about the environment and Coast Day exhibits. Children met sea-dwelling animals such as horseshoe crabs and dogfish sharks at the critter touch tanks. Everyone enjoyed live music, vendor displays, and seafood favorites showcased by local chefs at the Crab Cake Cook-Off, Oyster Shucking Contest and the Seafood Chowder Challenge.

Coast Day is sponsored by UD’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment and the Delaware Sea Grant College Program.

Admission and parking are free! Join us in 2015!

WHAT: Coast Day, a fun and educational event for the whole family
DATE: Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, rain or shine
TIME: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
WHERE: UD’s Hugh R. Sharp Campus, 700 Pilottown Road, Lewes, DE 19958
Call the University of Delaware Environmental Public Education Office at 302-831-8083, the Delaware Sea Grant Program at 302-645-4234 or e-mail us at

busFree bus transportation for University of Delaware students and staff! Limited seating. Reservations required. Call 302-831-8083.

2014 Sponsors
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Seafood Contest


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5th Grade Essay Contest

Click here for the 2014 winning entries. Congratulations to all of our winners!

5th Grade Essay Contest

Photography Contest

Photography Contest

The social media photography contest was a huge hit!

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Porthole Prize Survey

If you attended Coast Day but have not yet taken our survey, please click here to share your opinions!

Weather & Climate On Our Radar

2014 Highlights


Click here to view the 2014 Storify, full of photos and social media updates about Coast Day!

2014 Video Recap

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