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2017 Calendar of Events

  • August 12—Monitor National Marine Sanctuary will celebrate "Get Into Your Sanctuary" day in collaboration with The Mariners' Museum from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A live interaction with E/V Nautilus will be held in the museum's theater as the expedition explores Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary off the California coast. For more information, contact Shannon Ricles.

  • June 23—Monitor National Marine Sanctuary's Advisory Council will meet from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute in Wanchese, North Carolina. The meeting is open to the public. Click here for press release. Click here for more information about the Advisory Council.

  • May 31— NOAA's Monitor National Marine Sanctuary is seeking applicants for two primary seats on its advisory council: Recreational/Commercial Fishing and Youth. Applications are due by May 31, 2017. For more information, contact William Sassorossi. Click here to read the full media advisory. Click here to learn more about the Sanctuary Advisory Council and meeting dates.

  • May 20Monitor staff will participate in an anniversary event at Drewry's Bluff in Richmond National Battlefield Park. Stop by to see our booth and attend the Monitor lecture at 2:00 p.m. There will also be ranger tours, living history demonstrations, and more. For more information, contact Shannon Ricles.

  • April 8—Triangle SciTech Expo at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. For more information, contact Shannon Ricles.

  • April 6—Monitor National Marine Sanctuary's Advisory Council meets from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information, contact William Sassorossi. Click here for press release. Click here for more information about the Advisory Council.

  • March 8—Dedication ceremony for three new Monitor Trail wayside signs will take place at 11:00 a.m. at the Monitor - Merrimac Overlook Park in Newport News, Virginia. For more information, contact Tane Casserley.

  • March 4-5Monitor staff will participate in the annual Battle of Hampton Roads event at The Mariners' Museum. The weekend, full of family-friendly activities, living history encampments, special events and lectures, commemorates 155th anniversary of the battle between the ironclads, USS Monitor and CSS Virginia. For more information on the event, contact Shannon Ricles.

  • February 5Monitor staff will participate in the 4th Annual Battle of the Atlantic Symposium hosted by the Battle of the Atlantic Research and Expedition Group. The event runs from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at Coral Edge Adventures in Catharpin, Virginia. Staff will share the 2016 BAREG survey data of the SS F.W. Abrams. For more information on the event, contact Will Sassorossi.

  • January 18—Monitor National Marine Sanctuary's Advisory Council will meet at the office in Newport News, Virginia. Meeting is open to the public. Click here for press release. Click here for more information about the Advisory Council.

  • January 18—Monitor National Marine Sanctuary staff will present on the 2016 Battle of the Atlantic Expedition at The Mariners' Museum. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets. Click here for more information about the 2016 Battle of the Atlantic Expedition.

    2016 Calendar of Events

  • December 6-7—World War II National Memorial Event in Washington, DC. On December 6, Monitor NMS staff will read names of those who died on December 7, 1941, at Pearl Harbor. Staff will attend the memorial service on December 7. For more information contact Tane Casserley.


  • December 6—Presentation to the Rotary Club of Alamance. For more information contact Shannon Ricles.


  • December 1—Battle of the Atlantic presenation for Rum Runner Dive Shop in GreenvilleTane Casserley.


  • October 22—AIA Archaeology Day in Richmond, Va. For more information contact Shannon Ricles.


  • October 15—Outer Banks Seafood Festival, Nags Head, N.C. For more information visit their website.


  • September 17—Day at the Docks in Hatteras, N.C. For more information visit their website.


  • September 10—OBX PrideFest in Nags Head, N.C. For more information visit their website.


  • August 25—Monitor National Marine Sanctuary will join Ft. Monroe National Park at Harbor Park for a Norfolk Tides game in honor of the National Park Service's Centennial. For more information contact Shannon Ricles.


  • August 22-September 6—Monitor National Marine Sanctuary and partners will survey and document two World War II vessels off the North Carolina coast. For more information contact Shannon Ricles.


    August 19—Monitor National Marine Sanctuary will join Wright Brothers' National Memorial at Kill Devil Hills, N.C., in honor of the National Park Service's Centennial. For more information contact Shannon Ricles.


  • June 25-26—Get Into Your Sanctuary at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Buxton, N.C. For more information contact Shannon Ricles.


  • June 18—Pridefest at Town Point Park in Norfolk, Va. For more information contact Shannon Ricles.


  • June 10-12—Harborfest at Town Point Park in Norfolk, Va. For more information contact Shannon Ricles.


  • May 21—Beaufort Music Festival, Beaufort, N.C. For more information contact Shannon Ricles.


  • May 10—Monitor National Marine Sanctuary's advisory council will meet on May 10 at the sanctuary's office in Newport News, Va. The meeting will include updates for council members and the public on the state of the sanctuary, artifact conservation and expansion. For more information click here.


  • April 24—Hokule'a Flotilla at The Mariners' Museum. For more information contact Shannon Ricles.


  • April 23—Triange SciTech Expo at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. For more information contact Shannon Ricles.


  • March 5-6—Battle of Hampton Roads at The Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Va. This two-day event is held annually to commemorate the 1862 Battle of the Ironclads—USS Monitor and CSS Virginia. For more information contact Shannon Ricles.


  • Feb. 17—Monitor NMS will host a public scoping meeting on proposed boundary expansion at Jennette's Pier in Nags Head, N.C., from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. For more information click here.


  • Feb. 16—Monitor NMS will host a public scoping meeting on proposed boundary expansion at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C., from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. For more information click here.


  • Feb. 11—Monitor NMS will host a public scoping meeting on proposed boundary expansion at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras, N.C., from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. For more information click here.


  • Feb. 10—Monitor NMS will host a public scoping meeting on proposed boundary expansion at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, N.C., from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. For more information click here.


  • Feb. 9—Monitor NMS will host a public scoping meeting on proposed boundary expansion at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, N.C., from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. For more information click here.


  • Feb. 8—Monitor National Marine Sanctuary's advisory council will meet on Feb. 8 at the University of North Carolina's Coastal Studies Institute in Wanchese, North Carolina. The meeting will include updates for council members and the public on the state of the sanctuary, artifact conservation and expansion. For more information click here.


2015 Calendar of Events

  • Nov. 14—Monitor NMS will exhibit at the "Touch a Boat" event at The Mariners' Museum. The event is to honor the military and first responders by engaging in a family-friendly event. We will have a booth where kids can build a boat, learn more about what we do, and see our newest boat, a 25' Defender Class given to us by the US Coast Guard. There will be other boats throughout the museum and lots of activities for families to enjoy! For more information contact Shannon Ricles.


  • Oct. 17—Monitor NMS will exhibit at the Outer Banks Seafood Festival, located in Nags Head, N.C., for a daylong public outreach event. The festival is dedicated to providing a fun and educational experience that promotes, honors, and celebrates the coastal seafood heritage of the Outer Banks community. Monitor NMS partnering with East Carolina University, UNC Coastal Studies Institute and members of the Queen Ann's Revenge conservation team, will be available to discuss their programs as well as promote the cultural heritage of the Outer Banks. The event date corresponds with the Archaeological Institute of America's (AIA) nationwide Archaeology Day events. For more information, contact Kara Fox.


  • Oct. 1—Monitor National Marine Sanctuary's advisory council will meet on Oct. 1 at the University of North Carolina's Coastal Studies Institute in Wanchese, North Carolina. The meeting will include updates for council members and the public on the state of the sanctuary, artifact conservation and outreach initiatives. For more information click here.

  • Aug. 31-Sept. 14—In collaboration with the U.S. Coast Guard, BOEM, and other partners, NOAA will conduct a thorough survey of the Diamond Shoals Lightship LV-71. The lightship was sunk by the German submarine, U-140, during WWI off the Cape Hatteras coast. For more information click here.


  • August 14—NOAA's Monitor National Marine Sanctuary is seeking applicants for one primary seat on its advisory council. The council ensures public participation in sanctuary management and provides advice to the sanctuary superintendent. The sanctuary is accepting applications for the following primary seat: recreational/commercial fishing. For more information click here.


  • July 18—NOAA's SRVx Sand Tiger will be open for public tours from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in Ocean City, MD. The boat will docked at Governor's Pier at the boat launch near the corner of Sunset Ave. and Golf Course Rd. Come and meet the scientists and researchers onboard and learn more about the recent project they did to survey portions of the Maryland Wind Energy Area.


  • July 8-17—In collaboration with BOEM and UNC Coastal Studies Institute, NOAA will conduct archaeological surveys in portions of Maryland's Wind Energy Area.


  • June 27-28—Come by our offices in Newport News, Va., to Get Into Your Sanctuary! Come learn more about the USS Monitor, your nation's maritime heritage, and discover what else the sanctuary is doing. Open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Come out and be sure to register to win a Family Fun Pack, courtesy of The Mariners' Museum. Fun Pack includes museum admission, 3-D movie passes, and a paddle boat rental!


  • June 22-26—Monitor NMS will host students from across the country for the National Association of Black Scuba Divers Youth Education Summit (NABS YES).


  • June 21-29—Through the ANCHOR program, Monitor NMS will collaborate with Roanoke Island Outfitters and Dive Center to train recreational divers on the techniques in conducting an archaeological survey of a shipwreck. After the training course, divers will survey and map Carl Gerhard and Kyzikes, known as the Triangle Wrecks, located near shore just off Kill Devil Hills.


  • June 19—You are cordially invited to join us at Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm for the opportunity to get to know the Monitor NMS staff and learn about current sanctuary projects. Kelly's is located at Milepost 10.5 - US 158 Bypass, Nags Head, N.C.


  • June 5-7—On Friday, June 5, NOAA's SRVx Sand Tiger will participate in Norfolk's Harborfest Parade of Sail. The boat will dock at Waterside Marina and be open for tours throughout the festival starting at 2:00 pm on June 5. Visitors to the festival can also visit Monitor National Marine's Sanctuary's booth to learn more about the Monitor and the work that the sanctuary is doing to protect our maritime heritage.


  • May 29—NOAA's Monitor National Marine Sanctuary and Greenpoint Monitor Museum dedicated the newest Monitor Trail wayside sign. The sign resides at the original site of Continental Iron Works where the USS Monitor was built in 1862. The dedication ceremony was attended by local dignitaries, schools, and community members.


  • May 23-30Monitor staff and volunteer divers to document and survey the Dixie Arrow.


  • May 15—NOAA's Monitor National Marine Sanctuary is seeking applicants for one primary seat on its advisory council. The council ensures public participation in sanctuary management and provides advice to the sanctuary superintendent. The sanctuary is accepting applications for the following primary seat: recreational/commercial fishing. For more information and to download an application click here.


  • April 30—Newport News Public Schools' Crittenden Middle School will participate in a program onboard the SRVx Sand Tiger. The program is the culminating event for a course that the students take to learn more about maritime heritage.


  • April 21Monitor maritime archaeologist survey Civil War ironclads, CSS Richmond and CSS Fredericksburg on the James River.


  • March 7-8—Battle of Hampton Roads! Come join us at The Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Va., as we commemorate the 153rd anniversary of the Battle of the Ironclads. Experience Living History encampments and demonstrations, listen to 19th century music, meet Abraham Lincoln, enjoy family programs and games, and more!


  • March 5—Monitor National Marine Sanctuary's advisory council will meet on March 5 at the sanctuary office in Newport News, Virginia. The meeting is open to the public and will include updates on the state of the sanctuary, budgets, personnel changes; and Monitor conservation.

    For more information on the role of the council and to download the agenda click here.

2014 Calendar of Events


  • December 3—Monitor National Marine Sanctuary will hold a public meeting of the sanctuary advisory council on December 3 at the sanctuary's office in Newport News, Virginia from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Public comments will be accepted between Noon and 12:30 pm. Members of the public can attend in person or call into the meeting using 866-873-2206 and passcode 4282677#. For more information on the role of the council and to download the agenda click here.

  • November 4-5—Working together, NOAA's Monitor NMS and Clark County School District, will bring the ocean to over 400 students, teachers, and parents during a 2-day Ocean Science Festival. This year's theme is exploration and the students will enjoy underwater exploration with remotely operated vehicles and learn about the rich maritime history right off our coast. Monitor NMS's Sanctuary Superintendent will also be the key note speaker during an evening filled with science for the whole community.


  • November 2—Monitor NMS's Maritime Archaeologist will be a guest speaker at the 2nd Annual Battle of the Atlantic Symposium in Catharpia, Va., to be held at Coral Edge Adventures from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. During the symposium, Bill Chadwell, diver and volunteer, will be awarded the 2013 Volunteer of the Year Award for Monitor National Marine Sanctuary.


  • October 18—Monitor NMS's Maritime Archaeologist, along with researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and the University of North Carolina Coastal Studies Institute will host a 1-hour lecture exploring the ships and German U-boats sunk off the Outer Banks during the World War II Battle of the Atlantic. The Battle of the Atlantic campaign happened over 70 years ago and has been largely forgotten, but during this lecture, the researchers will bring it into sharp focus once again.

  • October 16—Monitor NMSs Education Coordinator will conduct a short course at NSTA in Richmond, Va. The course focuses on maritime heritage while introducing teachers to remotely operated vehicles and STEM.

  • August 28—Monitor NMS and partnering organizations will conduct scientific research expeditions to various shipwrecks along the North Carolina coast as part of the 2014 Battle of the Atlantic field season.


  • August 26—Visit the Outer Banks Trail website to view a series of ten videos and seven oral histories that take you along Highway 12 to a series of iconic places that make the Outer Banks of North Carolina unique. And teachers, check out the teacher section for the new accompanying activity guide for students in grades 4-12.


  • August 19, 2014—Monitor NMS and UNC Coastal Studies Institute will host a free teacher workshop introducing new STEM maritime heritage curriculum for grades 6-12. The workshop will be held from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at UNC CSI in Wanchese, N.C. To register for the event, contact Shannon Ricles at 757-591-7328 or shannon.ricles@noaa.gov


  • August 9, 2014—Monitor NMS will host an open house and conduct public tours onboard the SRVx Sand Tiger from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Nauticus in Norfolk, Va.


  • July 27 to August 10, 2014—NOAA's Monitor NMS will assist the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in surveying shipwrecks off the coast of Virginia.


  • July 15, 2014—Preservice Teacher Workshop. Teachers from Virginia Universities will learn about maritime heritage and STEM.


  • July 14, 2014—Maritime Heritage and ROV summer fun at Virginia Marine Institute of Science (VIMS)


  • July 3, 2014 - Monitor NMS to Host Showing of WWII Documentary

    Monitor National Marine Sanctuary (MNMS) will host a viewing of National Geographic's Hitler's Secret Attack on America at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Cape Hatteras on July 3 at 6:45 pm.

    The film tells the story of WWII and captures NOAA's 2011 Battle of the Expedition where a film crew followed maritime archaeologists on their hunt for the U-576. The event will also feature a short talk by MNMS staff who will be available to answer questions following the film.

    For more information on the museum and its locations click here.

    For more information about NOAA's 2011 Battle of the Atlantic Expeditions click here.


  • June 10-12, 2014—Capital Hill Ocean Week (CHOW) 2014. Join marine professionals, government officials, and ocean enthusiasts in Washington, D.C. to discuss ocean issues and policies.


  • June 20, 2014—In collaboration with Discovery Place, Inc. in Charlotte, N.C., Monitor NMS will host an educator workshop to introduce teachers to NOAA’s maritime heritage program and remotely operated vehicles. For more information contact Shannon.Ricles@noaa.gov


  • June 26, 2014—A teacher workshop will be held at Monitor NMS’s offices in Newport News, Va. to introduce a new maritime heritage curriculum. For more information contact Shannon.Ricles@noaa.gov

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