MILFORD — The Milford Laboratory, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service will hold a free open house from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 14.

The facility, located at 212 Rogers Ave. in Milford, will be open to the public and there will be displays portraying various research, and community-based activities that occur at the lab, according to a release. Marine scientists will be there to guide visitors through the lab and answer questions. Groups with interests in marine sciences and the environment are encouraged to attend, the release said.

“Displays will be centered around shellfish aquaculture, Long Island Sound habitat research, ocean acidification research, marine science sampling gear, a live ‘touch tank,’ and the lab’s history,” the release said.

Free parking is available and the event will be held rain or shine. The open house displays and activities are appropriate for all ages and all levels of interest, the release said.

“The open house provides a unique opportunity for the public to tour the lab, meet directly with scientists, and see first-hand the types of research projects that are conducted. The lab is divided into a series of ‘stations,’ each summarizing a research topic, and each with a researcher on hand to present material and answer questions,” according to the release.