Family Tide Pooling Programs

Sign up to join us for a small-group, naturalist-led tide pooling program!

Tide pools are special places, home to an array of fascinating animals and seaweeds uniquely adapted to thrive between the tides: in the rocky intertidal zone. Join us for small-group tide pooling explorations as we search for crabs, sea stars, urchins and more! Participants should come prepared to get a little salty and wet to learn first-hand which animals live where, why, and what makes them able to survive in this harsh environment. The program ends with a self-guided visit to Seacoast Science Center, where visitors can learn more about the Gulf of Maine and ways we can all become healthy ocean advocates!

Program Length: 75-90 minutes, with time to explore SSC after the program

Non-member Cost: $15 ages 12-adult, $5 ages 3-12 

Member Cost:  $5 ages 12-adult, ages 3-12 free

This program is best for ages 7 and up. Space is limited to 15 participants plus one naturalist per session. 

All participants are required to wear a mask indoors and when not socially distanced from others outdoors. Please read more about our Visitor Safety Guidelines

Become a member now and take advantage of discounted fees and other great benefits!


Dates and Times:

Sunday, June 13, 10:30am
Friday, June 18, 10:30am
Saturday, June 19, 10:30am
Sunday, June 20, 10:30am

Friday, July 2, 10:30am
Saturday, July 3, 12:00pm
Sunday, July 4, 12:00pm
Friday, July 16, 10:30am
Saturday, July 17, 10:30am
Sunday, July 18, 10:30am
Friday July 30, 10:30am
Saturday, July 31, 10:30am

Sunday, August 1, 10:30am
Friday, August 13, 10:30am
Saturday, August 14, 10:30am
Sunday, August 15, 10:30am


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Please arrive at SSC early for your registered session and be ready to go! Closed-toed shoes (or rain boots) that can get wet in tide pools required. Please dress for the weather; it is always cooler on the coast!


Want to get a jump on learning before your program?

Visit our Tide Pools page to learn more about the intertidal at Odiorne and play a fun, virtual game: Time for Tide Pooling!


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