Programs for Families

Taking part in our small-group, naturalist-led visitor programs is the perfect way for families to explore and discover together.

Join us on the rocky shore, then come into the Center for a self-guided tour, where you can learn more about our coastal and ocean environment and how to become a healthy ocean advocate!

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


Family Tide Pooling

Outdoor Program
Program Length: 60-90 minutes
Number of participants: up to 15
Ages: best for age 6 and up


Dates & Times:

Saturday, September 25, 10:30am
Sunday, September 26, 10:30am
Monday, October 11, 10:00am


Program Description:

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.

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!



The program fee includes admission to Odiorne Point State Park and Seacoast Science Center.

Non-Members, Age 12 -Adult: $15
Non-Members, Age 3-11: $10
Members, Age 12 -Adult: $5
Members, Age 3-11: FREE
Child, under age 3: FREE

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To register for a program, please click on the button below. Your email confirmation will serve as your ticket for entry and participation.

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