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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

Evenings at the Seacoast Science Center Dinners

Greening the Shoals Dinner

The Greening of the Shoals

with Ross Hansen and Jack Farrell
Thursday, February 5, 2015, 6:00 p.m.
A collaboration of the Seacoast Science Center, Shoals Marine Laboratory and Star Island Corporation to advance their shared vision of a sustainable coastal community and healthy ocean. Proceeds benefit ocean education at Seacoast Science Center, Shoals Marine Laboratory and Star Island.

Ever wonder how our local island communities have enough water and power? Tonight you'll find out from the two men responsible for transforming the way the campuses of the Shoals Marine Laboratory and Oceanic Hotel keep the lights on, and the kitchen and water running (with fresh, grey and salt water). Ross Hansen, Director of Facilities and Planning at the lab, and Jack Farrell, Star Island Director of Facilities will give you an behind-the-scenes look at some of the challenges they have to solve.

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Rescue Run: Race for Marine Mammals and Earth Day Celebration

April 25, 2015

5k Trail Race

Our Rescue Run features a scenic 5k cross-country trail race and a 2-mile jog stroller-friendly walk through Odiorne Point State Park. The trail brings runners and walkers through the forest, by the rocky shore, and alongside historic military fortifications. Prizes are awarded to top finishers in different age and gender categories in the 5k race. After the race and walk, the whole family can celebrate their accomplishments by enjoying music and festive Earth Day activities.



Thank you to everone who came out to race, run or walk for the Kennebunk Savings Rescue Run on April 26, 2014! Click here for complete race results. Special thanks to all volunteers, community businesses for food and prize donations, and event sponsors for making the event possible! Thanks to Blue Ocean Society and volunteers, who picked up 71 pounds of trash on the shore of Odiorne on last year's Beach Clean-up!

Sippin' for Seals

June 18, 2015

5k Trail Race

The premier of Sippin' for Seals, held on June 19, 2014, proved to be a GREAT night out for a great cause. Two hundred and fifty guests enjoyed a picture perfect evening by the sea, dining on fabulous bites prepared by local chefs, sippin' on cool beverages by the sea, and dancin' the night away to The Crab Shack Band in support of the Center's Marine Mammal Rescue and ocean education efforts.

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For event photographs, visit our Marine Mammal Rescue facebook page photo album.

Atlantic Grill's Music-by-the-Sea Concert Series

Special thanks to our sponsors, volunteers, bands, attendees, and mother nature for a great 2014 season!

Save the dates for next summers Music-by-the-Sea concert series!


Kick back with your friends and family on Thursday evenings 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.


2015 Concert Schedule

July 9 · TDB July 23 · TBD
July 16 · TDB July 30 · TBD

Gates open at 5:00 p.m. for dining; music begins at 6:00 p.m. Please be aware that alcohol and dogs may not be brought into Odiorne Point State Park.

Ticket Prices
Ages 13-Adult: $10 for non-members, $5 for SSC members
Children ages 3-12: $2 for non-members, $1 for SSC members
Under age 3: Free

The Music-by-the-Sea 2014 concert series, presented by Atlantic Grill, was also sponsored by Allegra of Portsmouth, Exeter Events and Tents, Liberty Mutual, Macaroni Kids, Newmarket International, Northeast Delta Dental, Penn Mutual, People's United Bank, Piscataqua Savings Bank, Public Service of New Hampshire, ReVision Energy, Rich DeMarco at UBS, Smuttynose Brewery, Spotlight Magazine, Summer Sessions Surf Shop, Union of Concerned Scientists, WMUR TV9, and z107 radio.

BioBlitz! A Dawn to Dusk Nature Scavenger Hunt

Save the date! 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 2,062 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.

Learn more about BioBlitz and our 2014 event...

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