On-site Field Trips

With 7 distinctly different habitats right outside our doors, and live animal and interpretive exhibits to enhance learning, a field trip to SSC will be a memorable highlight of your students’ school year! 

Eager to get your feet wet in the tidepools, save a seal, or taste some salty glasswort? Sign up now to participate in one (or more) of SSC’s on-site programs! Each session is led by a Seacoast Science Center naturalist who will ensure that your program excites and engages each student and aligns with your class’s learning goals.

When you book your program, we will also schedule a time for your group to explore the exhibits at the Seacoast Science Center. Visits to our facility will be limited to 2 groups per hour.

Virtual Field Trips are also available, featuring live, naturalist-led programs, delivered to your classroom or student’s homes via a gated connection. Learn more about Virtual Field Trips.

Please note: The Gulf of Maine Exhibition Hall is closed for renovations (to reopen June 1st); all other exhibit areas are open for your enjoyment.


SSC Marine Mammal Rescue and Response

Length: 1 hour outdoor program
Cost: $175
Number of Participants: 20 or less per group

Meet a Marine Mammal Rescue expert to learn about their rescue and response efforts, and learn about the biology, conservation and rehabilitation of the marine mammals they work with. Students will use real bones to put a skeleton back together! Our MMR team member will take students on a mock rescue. Students will learn more about the tools, procedures and precautions that these marine scientists take when working in the field and lab. At the end of the program, students will investigate ways that we can help keep our ocean and marine wildlife healthy.


Rocky Shore Exploration

Length: 90 min outdoor program
Cost: $200 
Number of Participants: 20 or less per group

This introduction to the diverse and dynamic rocky shore habitat will excite and inspire your students. The program begins with a lesson on the unique ecology of the rocky shore intertidal zones, followed by a tide pooling session. Students will learn how to best observe, identify, and classify organisms through guided exploration. Educators receive Rocky Shore informational materials prior to the trip to assist with field trip planning and classroom activities.


Rocky Shore Investigation

Length: 90 min outdoor program
Cost: $240 
Number of Participants: 20 or less per group

Join us as citizen scientists and come search our rocky shore for invasive crabs. Students will receive a brief training in crab identification, handling and data collection. Students will learn about why we are collecting data on these non-native species as well as their impact along our coastline.


Salt Marsh Exploration

Length: 90 min outdoor program
Cost: $200
Number of Participants: 20 or less per group

The salt marsh is a unique ecosystem situated between land and sea that serves as a nursery, sponge, filter, food source, and migratory safe haven for animals and humans alike. Students will be introduced to this important ecosystem by visiting the marsh of Odiorne Point State Park where they will experience the salt marsh up close. Students will use science skills and practices to investigate the salt marsh and its inhabitants. Lines of inquiry include adaptations, energy cycling, values, interdependence, history and human impact.


School of Hard Rocks

Length: 45 min outdoor program
Cost: $150
Number of Participants: 20 or less per group

Odiorne is the ideal spot to make the study of geology come alive for your students. This program begins with an illustration of the rock formation cycle and tectonic plate movement. Students will learn how to identify rocks at outdoor stations, then head to the rocky shoreline to examine unique rock formations of Odiorne Point State Park, and see evidence of glacial activity.



Financial Assistance

Assistance may be available for groups with financial constraints. Please call Amanda at 603-436-8043, ext. 17 or email [email protected] to inquire about availability and request a Coastal Education Fund application form.  


To Schedule Your Program

Please fill out the Inquiry Form by clicking the button below and we will get back to you ASAP.  Or, you can contact Amanda at [email protected] directly to schedule your program. Once booked, we will make sure you have all of the information you need to make the most of your program.

On-site Trip Inquiry Form

Please read all confirmation materials and communicate the information to participating teachers.

Full payment is required before your program begins.

Cancellation Policy: All programs are delivered rain or shine. Severe weather such as thunder and lightning will result in program cancellation and rescheduling. If you cancel a program 20 business days prior to your program date, you will receive a 50% refund. “No shows” and cancellations made fewer than 20 business days prior will not receive a refund.


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