'Water Ventures' Learning Lab Visits Tallahassee

By: Julie Montanaro

Tallahassee, Fla. -- Folks had a chance to walk through an underwater cave just a stone's throw from the capitol door.

It's really a converted semi designed to get you up close and personal with Florida's aquifers, springs and sinkholes.

It has lots of water saving ideas.

It suggests taking a bath instead of an 8-10 minute shower and recommends running a full dishwasher instead of doing dishes by hand.

It's all part of Ocean's Day and a reminder to protect one of Florida's precious natural resources.

"Sort of our national treasures right there in the ocean," Bethany Lloyd, Mote Marine Lab, said. "Some of it is so important for our economy and tourism, just, you know, the fact that we have these wodnerful resources right off our coast."

Mote Marine also rolled in a huge aquarium and a chance to see everything from spider crabs to starfish.

The lab rehabs sick and injured turtles, dolphins, manatees and more.

Fun fact for the day? Horseshoe crabs swim upside down and have nine eyes.

Press Release: Water Ventures

WaterVentures™, Floridas Learning Lab- an interactive, mobile learning lab that educates the State's youth about water, environmental stewardship and Florida's eco-system and biodiversity- makes its Tallahassee debut on Thursday, April 4, at the Capitol Courtyard for Ocean's Day. The event is from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will feature the engaging mobile learning lab.

The learning lab will also be open to the public during the 45th Annual Springtime Tallahassee event, located near College Avenue and Adams Street on Saturday, April 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Before leaving Tallahassee, the learning lab will make a final stop at the Capitol for Children's Week on Tuesday, April 9, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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