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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

Special Travel Program: Amazon Eco-Adventure, Ecuador

April 23-May 1, 2016

Escape into the mysterious world of the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest with us; one the most biodiverse regions on the planet, home to an incredible array of plant and animal species, and extraordinary indigenous cultures.

Baja Sur

Join us for an Amazon adventure of a lifetime! We'll be surrounded by snow-capped volcanoes, canoe down rivers in the lush rainforest, hike to amazing waterfalls, and see monkeys and colorful birds, all with expert, local guides. We'll visit Old Quito, the world's most famous Otavalo Indian Market, dine on Ecuadorian fare, and explore beautiful lagoons. Our group will meet for a get-to-know-one-another, informational gathering prior to the trip and travel from Logan International Airport together.

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Evenings at the Seacoast Science Center Dinners

Shiver Me Timbers!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

5:30pm, family dinner

Gulf of Maine

It's pirate fun for all! After enjoying a family-style pasta dinner, we'll connect to the Mariners' Museum in Newport News, VA via distance learning in our Gregg Interactive Learning Studio for an interactive pirate program. Then, adults will hear the spooky tale of The Ghost Black Beard's Bride, presented by SSC President Wendy Lull, while kids learn more about pirates through fun activities. Halloween costumes encouraged!

Learn more and register online now.

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

April 2016, Date TBD

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!

To enjoy photos of the Kennebunk Savings Rescue Run: Race for Marine Mammals, visit our facebook page photo album.

For complete 2015 race results, click here.

Sippin' for Seals

June 2016, Date TBD

5k Trail Race

Enjoy delectable bites prepared by local chefs, sip on cool cocktails by the sea, and dance the night away to live music in support of the Center's Marine Mammal Rescue and ocean education efforts. 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


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

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

Save the Seals River Cruise

September 2016, Date TBD

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.

To enjoy photos of the Save the Seal River Cruise, visit our facebook page photo album.

BioBlitz! A Dawn to Dusk Nature Scavenger Hunt

September 24, 2016, 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 2,131 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 about BioBlitz 2015

For photographs from BioBlitz 2015, visit our facebook page photo album.

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