Join us for a FREE day of fun and educational activities and celebrate the important role the world ocean plays in our lives and grand opening of H2O Today, an exhibition organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.
Date: Sunday, June 10, 2018
Time: 10:00-2:00 pm
World Ocean Day is a global celebration and collaboration for a healthier future for our ocean. Our health and our ocean’s health are connected. Over half of the oxygen we breathe is produced in the ocean, and the ocean is the heart of our planet, circulating heat and water and regulating our climate. Together, we can make a difference and keep our ocean healthy for future generations. Join us in honoring our ocean and do something to protect it!
Schedule of Events
H2O Today Exhibition Opening
Join us for the grand opening of H2O Today, a new exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service that explores the beauty and essential nature of water through an engaging and interactive series of displays that have transformed the Center’s exhibit galleries.
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Whale, Dolphin, and Seal Activity Stations Open
- Mock Seal Rescue with the NH Marine Mammal Rescue Team
- The Blubber Report: try on a blubber glove
- How big is a whale? Learn about the whales that live in the Gulf of Maine and compare your size with theirs with our whale measuring activity.
- Kid’s, make a seal craft to take home!
10:00 am–2:00 pm
Face Painting, Games, and Meet and Greet with our mascots Belmont the Harbor Seal and Larry the Lobster
Kids of all ages, get your face painted for just $1, which goes directly to supporting our our ocean education mission.
11 am–12:30 pm
Inside Ladder the Life-size Inflatable Whale
Walk through the Blue Ocean Society’s Ladder, a 65 ft. inflatable whale, and learn all about how baleen whales eat and digest their food.
World Ocean Day Parade
Come decorate your strollers, don your best ocean costume, and join our parade starting from the playground and ending at Ladder the Whale! Please be aware that balloons are not allowed.
Learn all about the anatomy and physiology of squid during these hands-on, guided squid dissection sessions. Space is limited and registration is required. Cost: $5 per person.
Squid Dissection Registration
Live music with Bliss, presented by 92.5 The River!
Kick back to the sweet harmonies of Bliss.
Wrack Line Walk
Find out what the last tide left behind during this naturalist-led walk along the shore of Odiorne Point State Park.
Join the Blue Ocean Society and do your part to help make our ocean a healthier and cleaner place! You’ll learn about the dangers marine debris pose to wildlife and humans.
Snacks always make things more fun! We’ll have a food truck onsite and have freshly popped popcorn and cotton candy available for purchase throughout the day. Drinks and additional snacks are available at our Nature Store.
Members receive free admission everyday! Learn more and join today.