About Us

Seacoast Science Center is a non-profit marine science education organization located within Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, New Hampshire.

Our Mission

To spark curiosity, enhance understanding, and inspire the conservation of our Blue Planet.

Our Vision

We envision a healthy World Ocean.

Our Why

Our Blue Planet is changing at an unprecedented rate. Its health and environmental integrity are threatened by rising temperatures, pollution, and the destruction of natural habitats. We are experiencing more extreme weather events, alarming changes in ocean chemistry, coastal flooding due to sea level rise, and loss of critical natural habitats. Climate change is real and is putting all life on earth at risk, including ours.

Worldwide, and right here at home in New Hampshire, we are facing the challenges of climate change. Our Blue Planet is demanding attention. If we are going to keep the earth habitable for generations to come, we must dedicate ourselves to conserving the resources of our fragile planet.

At Seacoast Science Center, we believe that science-based education holds the key to inspiring conservation and bringing restorative, positive change to our environment. By experiencing the natural world and understanding our impacts on its delicate systems, everyone can learn to think critically and act pragmatically in ways that will improve the long-term health of our planet.

Our Core Values

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Seacoast Science Center’s core values reflect the institution’s culture and are the guiding principles for its educational programming, fundraising activities, external messaging, and internal business practices.

The Importance of Environmental Conservation and the World Ocean

We believe that the World Ocean plays a prominent role in our daily lives. We acknowledge that we have an inherent responsibility to nurture and conserve our natural resources, advance ocean health, and preserve our deep cultural connections to coastal land, the coastal watershed, and the sea.

The Inspiration of Locale

We believe that Odiorne Point State Park plays an integral role in SSC achieving its mission. Located on N’dakinna, the traditional ancestral homeland of the Abenaki, Pennacook and Wabanaki Peoples past and present, we acknowledge and honor the land and waterways and the alnobak (people) who have stewarded N’dakinna throughout the generations.

The Power of Personal Experiences

We believe that personal experiences and engagement are fundamental to meaningful education and hold the key to conserving the World Ocean.

Meaningful Relationships

We believe that Seacoast Science Center’s friends, donors, partners, volunteers, and staff are its most valuable asset. We value inclusivity in our community and workplace.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility

We believe that deliberate efforts to foster and ensure inclusivity and diversity in our team, leadership, programming, and partnerships are critical to our success. We are committed to making our programs and facilities accessible to all.

The Spark of Innovation

We believe that only through innovation can we consistently provide an engaging visitor experience that is contemporary and relevant.

Leading by Example

We believe that Seacoast Science Center must exemplify its core values through what we teach, what we advocate for, and how we act as individuals and representatives of the institution.

Land Acknowledgement

Seacoast Science Center is located on N’dakinna, which is the traditional ancestral homeland of the Abenaki, Pennacook and Wabanaki Peoples past and present. We acknowledge and honor with gratitude the land and waterways and the alnobak (people) who have stewarded N’dakinna throughout the generations.

Seacoast Science Center will be CLOSED today: Friday, April 5, 2024. Our utilities are currently down and need to get repaired before we are able to open for visitors. Thank you for your understanding. 

CLOSED today.

Seacoast Science Center is closed today due to inclement weather.