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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 a.stokes@seacentr.org.

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.

Learn more...

Boy Scout Sleep Over!

February 12-13, 2016; 4pm Friday to 10am Saturday

Boy Scout Sleepover

Scouts groups, participate in a rare opportunity to stay at the Seacoast Science Center overnight! Scouts will be engaged in a series of fun, educational activities throughout the evening. They will learn how we care for our critters, play engaging habitat games, enjoy a pizza party dinner followed by stargazing, and then watch a movie on the big screen. In the morning, scouts will learn all about the geology of Odiorne Point State Park and enjoy breakfast amongst the fish. Learn more...



Evening at the Seacoast Science Center Dinner

Microplastics: A Macro Concern

Thursday, May 12, 2016
6pm, adult dinner and presentation
Registration opens in March.

Although they're tiny, microplastics are a big concern in the marine environment. Come learn about microplastics and larger marine debris from Gabby Bradt, Commercial Fisheries Extension Specialiset at N.H. Sea Grant and Jen Kennedy, Executive Director of the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation. Since 2007, the two organizations have partnered to study, clean up, and prevent marine debris on the New Hampshire Seacoast. You'll hear tales about their work together and learn about the discovery of local marine garbage patches.

Sponsored by Physical Sciences Inc.

Kennebunk Savings Rescue Run: Race for Marine Mammals

April 23, 2016

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 Kid's Fun Run 300 yard dash or half-mile run, where every child wins a prize. After the run, the whole family can celebrate their accomplishments by enjoying music and festive ocean-themed activities.

Learn more about the 2016 Rescue Run and register now!

To enjoy photos of the 2015 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 16, 2016

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


Entrain

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 · Joshua Tree July 21 · Jumbo Circus Peanuts
July 14 · Entrain July 28 · Beatles for Sale

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.

Veteran's Day Science & Nature Extravaganza

Friday, November 11, 2016, 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.



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