Behind the SSCenes

Happy Holidays from the SSC Crew!

The Seacoast Science Center crew gets into the holiday spirit, wishing joy to you, me, and all the fishes in the deep blue sea.

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Estuary Ecosystem Spotlight: Great Bay

Guest post by Jeff Barnum | Great Bay-Piscataqua Waterkeeper for the Conservation Law Foundation
Great Bay, in coastal New Hampshire, is one of only 28 ecosystems in the U.S. to be designated as an ‘estuary of national significance,’ so we are spotlighting one of the challenges the bay is facing: loss of eelgrass. Jeff Barnum took SSC staff members out on

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Center’s Marine Mammal Rescue Team Participates in Full Scale Oil Spill Exercise

Heidi Duncanson | Development and Communications Coordinator
Earlier this month, four members of our staff participated in a major environmental drill involving two dozen federal, state and local agencies and industrial partners.* The Northern New England Oil Spill Full Scale Exercise was held by NH Department of Environmental Services (NH DES) to prepare

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Learning Science by Doing Science

Thom Smith, an elementary school teacher in Bradford, NH  is currently on McAuliffe Sabbatical, collaborating with Center staff to develop a Rocky Shore Curriculum, which will be a free and readily available resource for elementary level educators upon its completion.
Thom Smith | McAuliffe Sabbatical | Elementary School Teacher, Bradford, NH
Originally posted on September 24, 2016 on

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National Marine Animal Health and Stranding Network Conference

Ashley Stokes | Marine Mammal Rescue Manager
On September 6-9, 2016, Marine Mammal Rescue Assistant Sarah Toupin and I attended the National Marine Animal Health and Stranding Network Conference in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. This conference, attended by organizations that do marine mammal rescue work throughout the United States, is only held about once every five years.
This was

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Swordfish Washes Up on Rye Beach

Karen Provazza | Director of Marketing
On Monday, September 12, 2016, our Marine Mammal Rescue Manager Ashley Stokes received an unusual report: a swordfish washed up on Cable Beach in Rye. While not a marine mammal, our Rescue Team was eager to assess the situation and equipped to remove the carcass from the beach.
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Why the Rocky Shore?!


Thom Smith’s Christa McAuliffe Sabbatical project is to create a free ecosystem curriculum on the rocky shore. The creation of this curriculum is a collaborative effort with the Seacoast Science Center and other partners. You can learn more about our partnership here.
Thom Smith | Third Grade Teacher, Kearsarge Regional Elementary School in Bradford, NH

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Women and Water: Sisters in Evolution

The exhibition of Women and Water: Sister in Evolution is on display at the Seacoast Science Center through September 2016.
Christine Destrempes | Director, Art and Dialogue
There is so much to learn from nature and each other. That’s what we did for two action-packed weeks with sixteen young women in our collaborative art and science

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Baja and Belize Bound!

Sarah Toupin | School and Group Program Manager

I recently returned from an amazing trip to Baja, Mexico, which was part of my graduate program to receive my Masters in Biology from Miami University. In June, I spent ten days traveling the Baja peninsula with seventeen classmates, and now great friends, from the USA and Belize.

Our trip began with

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My Internship Experience: Much more than Marketing

Ashley Breault | Marketing Intern | Ocean Studies and Communications Student at University of New England

Currently, I am a senior at the University of New England (UNE) where I am a double major in Ocean Studies/Marine Affairs and Communications. This summer, I was the Marketing Intern at the Seacoast Science Center. The work

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