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Every season of the year we do something special. During the fall and winter, our Evenings at the Seacoast Science Center Dinner Series brings author-adventurers, scientists, and historians to share their fascinating stories and latest findings. Celebrate spring and Earth Day by taking part in our Rescue Run. Enjoy cocktails, food and dancing by the shore to benefit our Marine Mammal Rescue program at our Sippin' For Seals event in June. It wouldn't be summer on the seacoast without enjoying a picnic and great music at Music-by-the-Sea concerts. In September, explore Odiorne Point State Park with expert naturalists at BioBlitz!

For more information on the events listed below, please contact Ashley at 603-436-8043 ext. 24 or

Finding Fish

September 11, 2015, 7:30pm

Finding Fish

Join us for the premiere reading of the play, Finding Fish, a story about sustainability in the Gulf of Maine, by Carlyle Brown. The story takes place in a rough fishing cottage on the Maine coast in a future where the fish have disappeared. But, one fisherman keeps reeling them in. Learn more, and purchase tickets online now.

Save the Seals River Cruise

September 13, 2015, 5-8 pm

Captain's Lady II

Join the Seacoast Science Center and Newburyport Whale Watch for a special river cruise and silent auction to benefit the Center's Marine Mammal Rescue and ocean education efforts. While cruising the Merrimack River, we'll search for seals, enjoy the sunset, and learn about the Center's marine mammal rescue program as team members regale us with stories from the field and explain how their work on the New Hampshire and Northern Massachusetts coast plays an important role in monitoring ocean health. online now.

BioBlitz! A Dawn to Dusk Nature Scavenger Hunt

September 26, 2015, 6am-5pm

Mushroom Indentification

BioBlitz is a daylong species scavenger hunt of Odiorne Point State Park, where families explore alongside scientists and field naturalists to find and record data on as many different species in the Park as possible in one day. Exploration teams will be birding, searching for insects, snakes and amphibians, exploring the freshwater pond and salt marsh, tracking mammals, identifying plants and seaweeds, tide pooling, and more. BioBlitz is a great way to excite children about science and a rare opportunity to meet so many passionate biologists working together. Help us top our total number of 2,099 species identified since our first BioBlitz in 2003 and help us grow our valuable catalogue that serves as a snapshot of biodiversity of our region.

Click here to learn more and to register now.

For photographs from last year's BioBlitz, visit our facebook page photo album.

Evenings at the Seacoast Science Center Dinners

2015-2016 schedule

A Snapshot of NH from a Social and Environmental Perspective

September 26, 2015, 5-7:30 pm

Gulf of Maine

A lot has changed since our first BioBlitz in 2003. Come learn from, and talk with, some of the state's leading experts in the fields of climate science, oceanography, forestry, sociology, hydrology, and education. Find out about the ecological consequences of the short- and long-term changes that are occurring in the Granite State, the drivers of these changes, public perceptions, and impacts on society. Panelists will kick things off with some rapid-fire accounts of their work, the changes they have seen over the past couple decades, and the ways that these changes have been reflected in their research. An engaging, lively question and answer session will follow.

Learn more and register online now.

Seasonal Family Dinner

Thursday, October 22, 2015

5:30pm, family dinner
After enjoying a family-style pasta dinner, adults attend a presentation on a current marine science topic while children learn about the same, somewhat spooky, topic through fun, educational activities. Halloween costumes encouraged! Details to come.

From Farm and Sea to Table: Sustainable Food Sources

Thursday, March 10, 2016

6pm, adult dinner and presentation

Sponsored by Appledore Marine Engineering

Microplastics: A Macro Concern

with Jen Kennedy, Executive Director, Blue Ocean Society and Gabby Bradt, UNH Cooperative Extension
Thursday, May 12, 2016
6pm, adult dinner and presentation

Find out how plastics are impacting our beaches, the Gulf of Maine, and marine life.

Sponsored by Physical Sciences Inc.

Veteran's Day Science & Nature Extravaganza

November 11, 2015, 10am-4pm

Squid Dissection

School is out, and we've planned extra special programs for your Veteran's Day holiday! Come learn all about how we care for our animals, what our critters eat during our feeding time program. Explore our maritime heritage through fun games and activities that teach about marine sanctuaries. Be an underwater detective and investigate "time capsule" clues of a shipwreck to uncover the vessel's story. See a fish dissection magnified on the big screens in our Gregg Interactive Learning Studio, dissect a squid, and much more. The Center will be filled with activities for all ages throughout the day.

Click here to learn more.

Kennebunk Savings Rescue Run: Race for Marine Mammals

Thank you to all particpants, sponsors, and volunteers for helping to make the race a huge success this year!

For complete race results, click here.

April 25, 2015

5k Trail Race

The Rescue Run features a scenic, chip-timed 5k cross-country trail race and untimed walk through Odiorne Point State Park. The trail brings runners and walkers through the forest, by the rocky shore, on the sandy beach, and alongside historic military fortifications. Prizes are awarded to top finishers in different age and gender categories in the 5k race. Children, ages 12 and under, can participate in the Kids Fun Run 300 yard dash or a 1/2 run; every child wins a prize. After the run, the whole family can celebrate their accomplishments by enjoying music and festive healthy ocean activities.

Learn more about the 2015 Rescue Race here!

Enter to win great prize baskets in the Rescue Raffle!
Even though the race is over, the raffle continues through May 3rd; drawing to be held May 4th.

Enter today!

You can purchase raffle tickets at the admissions desk when you visit the Center, or learn more and purchase tickets online now.

Sippin' for Seals

June 18, 2015

5k Trail Race

Thank you to everyone who attended our second annual Sippin' for Seals event, held on Thursday evening, June 18. We enjoyed delecaible bites prepared by local chefs, sipped on cool cocktails by the sea, and danced the night away to live music in support of the Center's Marine Mammal Rescue and ocean education efforts. Special thanks go the the event sponsors and volunteers who made the event not only possible, but fabulous! Learn more about the event here.

For photographs of Sippin' for Seals 2015, visit our facebook page photo album.

Atlantic Grill Music-by-the-Sea Concert Series

Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy great music and support our ocean education mission during the 2015 season! Special thanks go to all sponsors and volunteers, without whom, we would not have been able to have such a great year!

To enjoy photos of the concerts on the Seacoast Science Center facebook page (just look for the photo albums), click here.


Kick back with your family and friends on Thursday evenings in July to enjoy some of the hottest bands in New England. Just bring your blanket or chair, pack a picnic, or purchase freshly grilled fare, snacks, and beverages (including beer and wine) onsite. Whether you come to relax to a scenic sunset by the shore or dance the night away, you cannot beat the ocean view and feel-good atmosphere! And, you'll feel extra great knowing that proceeds from the concert series support our ocean education efforts.

2016 Concert Schedule

July 7 · TBD July 21 · TBD
July 14 · TBD July 28 · TBD
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