The Seacoast Science Center has been a favorite destination for families since it opened its doors in 1992. Located in historic Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, NH, the Center provides exceptional marine and environmental education through programs, exhibits, marine mammal rescue, and interpretation of Odiorne Point State Park.
“Our mission is to inform people about why ocean health matters,” said Director of Marketing Karen Provazza. “We educate to motivate. Because ocean health impacts our daily lives, our goal is to inspire people to make everyday choices that will have a positive impact on the health of the ocean.”
This year, the Center celebrates 25 years of making a difference. “We know that it is up to each of us to care for, and about, the future of our ocean,” said Provazza. “A year full of special programs, exhibits, and events will help us expand our reach and inspire more people to become stewards of the sea.”
The Center’s 25th Anniversary celebration kicks off on March 19 and culminates with a 25th Anniversary FREE Family Fun Day on September 9th.
Each week, visitor programs will focus on a different theme that teaches about topics including deep sea exploration, maritime history, rocky shore ecology, pirate lore, the habitats of Odiorne Point State Park, and more.
Two special exhibits will open for the celebration. You can take a walk down memory lane at the 25 Years of Progress and Play exhibit to see how the Center has evolved over the years, from its start-up to the dynamic institution it is today. You can also meet some of the people who have helped the Center advance its mission, and whose lives have been impacted by the Center, at the Stewards of the Sea portrait exhibit.
Launching on April 15, the Blue Stewards Badge Program will inspire families to explore the Center and the Park to learn more about habitat ecology, environmental stewardship, cultural and maritime history, wildlife, and more. The more you explore and learn, the more badges you earn.
The Center’s annual events will also take on a 25th birthday flair. Rescue Run: Race for Marine Mammals on April 22, Sippin’ for Seals on June 15, and Save the Seals River Cruise in September all benefit the Center’s Marine Mammal Rescue program.
“We are also taking our June 11th World Ocean Day celebration and November 10th Veteran’s Day Showcase up a notch this year by incorporating citizen science activities and action incentives.”
The Atlantic Grill Music by the Sea Concert Series takes place Thursday evenings in July. Families can enjoy a picnic dinner by the shore and dance the night away to some of New England’s best bands.
“While we have many special events planned, a visit to the Center is always a special occasion, because there is always something new to see and do,” said Provazza. “Getting up close and personal with the animals at our Tide Pool Touch tank, observing feeding time, or just soaking in the gorgeous coastal view never gets old. Once you’ve visited, you’ll want to come back again and again.”
Members of the Center receive free admission to the Park and Center and enjoy many benefits including free or reduced program and event rates. You can join online today or the next time you visit.