Dive into Science!

Join us for a special day of hands-on STEM marine science activities this Veteran’s Day!

Date: Thursday, November 11, 2021

Time: 10am - 2pm

School is out and the Center will be abuzz with STEM marine science activities and special programs for all ages. The UNH Marine Docents and SSC Volunteers are joining the fun to lead stations showcasing their special educational activities. Come learn more about the wonders of our ocean and discover how you can help protect it today and for future generations.

In honor of Veteran’s Day, we are offering free admission to the Center for all active duty and veteran military families* an military history walks in Odiorne Point State Park.


Sample Activity Stations

This is a sample schedule from 2019. Please check back to learn about 2020 event details. 

Stop by activity stations anytime between 10am-2pm and get hands-on with: 

  • STEM design challenges
  • Marine Mammal Rescue
  • Echolocation
  • Ocean Acidification
  • The Salt Marsh
  • SCUBA Diving

and more!


Sample Programs:


10:00 am    Odiorne Point State Park History Walk

Learn about Odiorne’s military years, when Fort Dearborn was built to protect Portsmouth Harbor during WWII, and see many of the fortifications that remain today.

11:00 am    Squid Dissection Session

Learn about the squid’s fascinating anatomy and physiology during a guided dissection. After the program, squid will be collected and used to feed many of our animals. 

12:00 pm    Odiorne Point State Park History Walk

See description above.

12:00 pm    Feeding Time

Join the Center aquarist to learn about aquarium cuisine and get an up close view of animals at feeding time. 

1:00 pm    Squid Dissection Session


Join us after the STEM science showcase activities for a firsthand account of a climate change research project at sea.

What’s Under the Boat? A Teacher’s Exploration of the Arctic and How it has Connected Students with Scientists

Piper Bartlett-Browne, an environmentalist and high school science teacher at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Dover, NH, will discuss her 4-week PolarTREC Expedition aboard the USCGC Healy in the summer of 2019 where she participated in research that examined the biodiversity of organisms on the Arctic sea floor. She will show her firsthand accounts of what studies scientists are doing in this region and how the Arctic ecosystem is being effected by climate change and talk about topics ranging from ocean acidification to grey whales!

*Active duty and veteran military families receive free admission to SSC today with identification. All activities, excluding Squid Dissection sessions ($5 per person), are included with admission. Members and receive free admission everyday! Learn more and join today.


2019 Event Sponsors 

Please join us in thanking 2019 event sponsor Prime Buchholz, who supported free admission for all military families.


Sponsorship Opportunties

To learn about how your company can gain great exposure and benefits for your employees by sponsoring this popular event, please contact Nichole Rutherford at 603-436-8043, ext. 26 or [email protected].