Family Nature Programs

Sign up to join us for a naturalist-led nature program!


Dates and Times Listed Below

Program Length: 2 hours, with time to explore SSC after the program

Non-member Cost: $15 ages 12-adult, $10 ages 3-11

Member Cost:  $5 all ages (Member-only days are FREE!)

Programs are best for ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited to 20 participants per session. 


Program Options


Family Tide Pooling

Tide pools are special places, home to an array of fascinating animals and seaweeds uniquely adapted to thrive between the tides—the rocky intertidal zone. Join us for guided tide pooling explorations as we search for crabs, sea stars, urchins and more! You’ll want to come prepared to get wet for this program! Close-toed water shoes or rain boots are best for navigating the slippery rocky shore.

Nature Journaling

Nature Journaling is a fun activity for all ages a great way for families to spend creative time together. In this session, we will first head outdoors to practice the art of observation and connect with our surroundings. Then, we will guide you through the process of journal building, and illustrating and writing about your findings. You will walk away with lots of ideas for nature journalling on your own. There is no experience necessary and all materials are provided.

Salt Marsh Investigation

The salt marsh is a unique and very important ecosystem situated between land and sea that serves as a nursery, sponge, filter, food source, and migratory safe haven for animals and humans alike. Come learn about this important ecosystem and visit the salt marsh up close! You’ll gain new appreciation for this beautiful and productive habitat.

Marine Debris and Beach Clean Up

Every year, about eight to twelve million metric tons of plastic is discarded into our ocean all around the world. Be a part of the solution to ocean pollution and learn about the impact of marine debris on our oceans and the sustainable changes we can make to reduce our plastic footprint. A short beach cleanup of Odiorne Point State Parks’ beautiful shoreline will follow our presentation!


Family Tide Pooling Schedule

Saturday September 17 10:30 am-12:30 pm  
Sunday September 18 10:30 am-12:30 pm  


Nature Journaling Schedule

Dates to be added soon.

Salt Marsh Investigation Schedule

Dates to be added soon.

Marine Debris & Beach Cleanup Schedule

Dates to be added soon.


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Health and Safety

Masks are now optional and at the discretion of the visitor. Please review our Visitor Safety Guidelines for more information and be aware that guidelines may change if COVID health concerns increase.


Become a Member

Members enjoy free admission to Seacoast Science Center and Odiorne Point State Park all year, as well as discounted fees and other great benefits! Not a member? Join today!



Please arrive at SSC early for your registered session and be ready to go!

Want to get a jump on learning before your program?

Check out these tide pooling videos to learn more about the intertidal at Odiorne! 

Explore the Rocky Shore: Tide Pool Preparation

Explore the Rocky Shore: Tide Pooling 101



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