The Seacoast Science Center is a non-profit marine science education organization located within Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, New Hampshire.
To spark curiosity, enhance understanding, and inspire conservation of our Blue Planet.
We envision a healthy World Ocean.
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.
Experience. Understand. Act.
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 the 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.
Seacoast Science Center strives to instill a commitment to conservation through the lens of our special location at New Hampshire’s Odiorne Point State Park, a unique coastal environment that offers a gateway to understanding the relationship between people, our local habitat, and the world at large. Here, visitors have a rare opportunity to experience first-hand the earth’s many different ocean and coastal environments including sandy beaches, rocky shores, tidal estuaries, diverse freshwater habitats, and woodlands.
Odiorne Point’s natural resources have nurtured people for generations, as the land and sea sustained the Abenaki, Pennacook and Wabanaki Peoples, the early European settlers, and even helped to protect our country during World War II during its days as Fort Dearborn. Today, Seacoast Science Center works in partnership with the N.H. Division of State Parks so that we can continue to preserve and share this jewel of a coastal environment with all who visit.
Personal Experiences Inspire Positive Action
Seacoast Science Center drives positive change through science education that is interactive, personal and fun. For us, it’s all about one-to-one, hands-on learning. Every day we see the wonder in the eyes of our visitors when they get to watch a sea star “walk” across their hands or touch the surprisingly rough skin of a chain catshark. They can be delighted by wildflowers along the woodland paths, discover fascinating inhabitants of a tide pool, watch the acrobatics of seabirds, or discover how saving seals and other marine mammals helps to monitor ocean health. Our professional staff and highly-skilled naturalists ensure that our exhibits, summer camps, educational programs, and community events engage visitors in stimulating experiences that turn wonder into understanding and inspire action to preserve our planet.
Acting Locally For Global Impact
We believe Seacoast Science Center opens the door to a better world – one in which all of us strive to save the environment locally and globally. Every day, we help our visitors – young and old, from different cultures and backgrounds – learn how they can make a difference. SSC is proud to have motivated people to make changes small and large; from local school children organizing beach cleanups and high school students inspired to become marine biologists or science teachers, to parents sponsoring green legislation. Let’s all become active conservationists, building a healthier, more vigorous environment that will sustain our planet and ourselves for generations to come.