Community Nature Programs

Join us for fun, family-friendly exploration and learning activities led by SSC naturalists.

Naturalist-led Group Programs

Come explore the tide pools to discover what animals live there and  how they survive in this harsh, dynamic ecosystem. Discover what lives just off the sandy beach in a Seine Netting program, or find out why the Salt Marsh is such a vital ecosystem for wildlife and humans alike.

Community Science (CoSci) Programs

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!

Each program ends with a self-guided visit to Seacoast Science Center, where you can learn more about the Gulf of Maine and the ways we can all become healthy ocean advocates! 

Programs:

  • Rocky Shore Tide Pooling
  • Nature Journaling
  • CoSci GLOBE Observer
  • Coastal Birding
  • Seine Netting (2 hour program)
  • CoSci Mini BioBlitz!

Details:

  • Tickets are sold in advance per specific program and date. Walk-ins are subject to availability.
  • Your receipt is your ticket for entry.
  • Please arrive at SSC early for your registered session and be ready to go!
  • Your ticket includes entry to SSC; you will have time to explore exhibits after the program.
  • Closed-toed shoes (or rain boots) that can get wet are preferable for all programs and are required for tide pooling and mini BioBlitz.
  • Please dress for the weather and activity. It is always cooler on the coast! Layers and close-toed shoes are best.
  • Space is limited to 25 participants per session. 

Program Schedule

Rocky Shore Tide Pooling

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 tide pooling explorations as we search for crabs, sea stars, urchins and more! 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
Saturday, June 1 1:00-2:30pm
Saturday, June 15: MEMBERS ONLY 1:00-2:30pm
Saturday, June 16 1:00-2:30pm
Saturday, June 30 1:00-2:30pm
Saturday, July 13 10:00-11:30am
Sunday, July 14 10:00-11:30am
Saturday, July 27 10:00-11:30am
Sunday, July 28: MEMBERS ONLY 10:00-11:30am
Sunday, August 10 10:00-11:30am
Saturday, August 11 10:00-11:30am
Saturday, August 17 1:30-3:00pm
Saturday, August 24 10:00-11:30am
Sunday, August 25: MEMBERS ONLY 10:00-11:30am

Nature Journaling

Join us for a Nature Journaling experience for the entire family. We will head outside and take a moment to practice the art of observation, taking time to connect with our surroundings. During this program you will walk away with new ideas for drawing and writing about what you are experiencing in nature in a fun, creative and engaging way. This will be a guided activity with a naturalist and there is no experience necessary. All the materials you will need will be provided for you upon arrival.
Saturday, June 8 11:00am-12:30pm
Saturday, July 20 11:00am-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.
Saturday, June 9 11:00am-12:30pm

Coastal Birding

Odiorne State Point State Park is a wonderful place to enjoy birding, as there are many different habitats teeming with life, making it a perfect home or stop-over for a variety of bird species! Together, with an SSC naturalist, you will walk along the rocky shore, through forest, and to the salt marsh. Summer is a wonderful time to see what birds are here during the breeding season. We have binoculars to borrow or you can bring your own.
Saturday, June 22 10:00-11:30am

Seine Netting

Join SSC naturalists for an exploration of the hidden world of marine life in the tidal zone! Using a seine net (a long, narrow net used to gather specimens in shallow water) naturalists will collect animals that we rarely get to see from the beach including fish, sea stars, crabs, mollusks, and more! This program will include a 15 minute walk to and from the area where the seine net will be used. Participants should wear close-toed shoes that can get wet and weather appropriate clothing.
Saturday, June 29 11:00am-1:00pm (2 hours)

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, August 31 11:00am-12:30pm

Cancellation Policy

All programs are delivered rain or shine. In the event of severe weather such as thunder and lightning, registered individuals will be personally notified about cancellation prior to the program. You may choose to reschedule for an open date; if unable to reschedule, a full refund will be issued. Other than severe weather cancellations, program fees are non-refundable.

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.