Community Science

What IS Community Science??

Community science, also known as citizen science, is how YOU can participate in scientific research and environmental monitoring through observation, inquiry, and investigation. Everyone–from children to adults–can join in to explore, learn about, and contribute to the knowledge and understanding of our ecosystems!

Community Science at SSC

At Seacoast Science Center, our goal is to provide community science opportunities that build a connected learning ecosystem, where anyone can share resources and ideas. By engaging youth and community members in place-based observation and monitoring, we can spark a life-long passion for environmental education, strengthen our connection to the natural world, and inspire a commitment to conservation.

We are proud to be a part of the NASA-funded Learning Ecosystems Northeast project. Together, education partners across the Northeast are building local learning communities that are committed to empowering the next generation of climate stewards.

We believe in the transformative power of personal experiences, place-based learning, and local investigation—helping people of all ages develop knowledge and skills to tackle the challenges ahead.

Community Science Programs 2024

 

CoSci Mini BioBlitz!

BioBlitzes are species scavenger hunters. Join us for a mini-blitz in the beautiful Odiorne Point State Park. We will decide together which coastal habitats to explore, collect the appropriate nets, binoculars and gear and head out to observe and identify as many species and habitats as possible. This will be a guided activity with a naturalist and there is no experience necessary. All ages are welcome.

Saturday, May 2511:00am-12:30pm
Saturday, August 3111:00am-12:30pm

 

CoSci GLOBE Observer

Join us for a naturalist-guided outdoor exploration program to learn how to use the GLOBE Observer tool. Together, we will make environmental observations that complement NASA satellite observations and help scientists studying Earth and the global environment. The GLOBE Observer includes four main tools: Clouds, Mosquito Habitat Mapper, Land Cover and Trees.

Sunday, June 911:00am-12:30pm

 

CoSci Habitat Exploration

Explore the biodiversity of Odiorne Point State Park’s varied natural habitats. Compare and contrast the species found on rocky shores and sandy beaches, forests and open fields using tools like quadrats, field guides, and more. This will be a guided activity with a naturalist and there is no experience necessary. All ages are welcome.

Saturday, July 711am-12:30pm

 

CoSci Rocky Shore Investigation

Become a community scientist in this hands-on rocky shore field science program. Participant-collected data will contribute to local ongoing research on the impacts of invasive crabs and help scientists identify new solutions to the problem, such as eating them! SSC naturalists will give a brief training on crab identification, safe handling and data collection, then head to the rocky shore for a field investigation. Participants should wear close-toed shoes that can get wet and weather appropriate clothing.

Sunday, July 211:30-3pm
Saturday, August 31:30-3pm

 

CoSci Beach Cleanup & Marine Debris Tracking

Help us cleanup the beach in OPSP and track what we find! Using apps like Marine Debris Tracker gives scientists valuable data about the trash in our oceans. Join SSC naturalists to clean the shores of OPSP, all supplies will be provided except heavy duty gloves. 

Sunday, August 411am-12:30pm

 

 

Community Science Event

BioBlitz!

BioBlitz is our annual dawn-to-dusk biological survey of Odiorne Point State Park. Families and nature enthusiasts team up with SSC naturalists and guest experts to explore the Park’s habitats to find and identify as many different species as possible in just one day! BioBlitz is a great way to get kids (and adults!) excited about science, learn about biodiversity, and discover how you can help protect our natural world.

Like an extreme nature scavenger hunt, BioBlitz offers many opportunities for all ages to gain knowledge and hone skills in their favorite areas of nature! Habitat, plant, and animal explorations are scheduled throughout the day, allowing participants to choose among activities that interest them the most. With seven distinct natural habitats to survey, there’s something for everyone!

Saturday, September 21, 20246:30am-4pm

 

 

 

For Schools and Groups

Rocky Shore Investigation

Students will become community scientists in this hands-on rocky shore field science program. Student-collected data will contribute to local ongoing research on the impacts of invasive crabs and help scientists identify new solutions to the problem … such as eating them! Students will receive a brief training on crab identification, safe handling and data collection, then head to the rocky shore for their field investigation. Students will practice scientific inquiry skills, collect data, observe and understand the impacts of invasive species, and explore concepts of biodiversity and ecosystem health. Associated wrap-around curricula are available for teachers.

 

Community Science Opportunities with our Partners

Seacoast Science Center will be CLOSED today: Friday, April 5, 2024. Our utilities are currently down and need to get repaired before we are able to open for visitors. Thank you for your understanding. 

CLOSED today.

Seacoast Science Center is closed today due to inclement weather.