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!


Dates and Times:

Sunday, April 18th, 10:30am

Friday, April 30, 10:30am

Saturday May 1, 10:30am

Saturday, May 15, 10:30am

Sunday, May 16, 10:30am

Saturday, May 29, 10:30am

Special World Ocean Day Events!
Sunday, June 6, 1:00pm (2 groups) and 2:00pm (2 groups)


Space is limited to 9 participants plus one naturalist per session. This program is best for ages 7 and up. 

All participants are required to wear a mask at all times (indoors and outdoors) and will be asked to complete a health check before participation. Please read more about our Visitor Safety Guidelines

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

Cost: Age 13-adult, $10; Seniors & Military $8; Ages 3-12 $5; Members are free! Become a member now and take advantage of free registration and other great benefits!


To Register:

Please click on the button below and choose the date and ticket price for each person in your party.

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Please arrive at SSC early for your registered session and be ready to go! Closed-toed shoes (0r 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!