The Seacoast Science Center By: Allie Barone

  • Thursday, March 21, 2019
  • Posted by Krisanne Butler in Community

So Spring is officially here, and we are all welcoming it with open arms. If you are anything like us, you cannot wait for the warmer weather which inevitably means a trip to the beach!  While it may be awhile before we can warm up on the shores of New England, there are still ways to enjoy the coastline while the weather makes up its mind. If you have children who are excited to learn and explore, a great place to make a day of is the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH.

The Seacoast Science Center is a non-profit marine science education organization located in Odiorne Point State Park. The center contains hands-on exhibits that teach visitors of all ages about the wildlife of the New England seas. Their animal exhibits and education encourages visitors to take care of the ocean and its shores. The organization also operates the Seacoast Science Center Marine Mammal Rescue program, which works to keep seals and humans safe along the coastline of Massachusetts and New Hampshire Beaches.

The center currently has the largest collection of marine mammal skeletons for the public to view in all of Northern New England. When you visit, you are able to participate in special educational programs led by the Naturalists at the center, or explore on your own. If getting hands on is your thing, then this is the place for you! Visit the tidepools to learn about sea creatures, or take it indoors to the touch tanks. Kids of all ages can get a feel for what lives in our seas.

The importance of a place like the Seacoast Science Center becomes obvious when you visit, and are able to see all of the wonderful things they are doing for the environment. By responding to mammal rescues, and collecting data, the Naturalists can determine factors about the ocean’s state of health. If you are interested in getting involved and supporting the mission to take better care of marine life, there are many ways to help! Visiting the center, becoming a member, and donating all make a big difference. Education, exploration, and taking care of the world meet at the Seacoast Science Center. Plan your visit, and be a part of New England’s habitat today.

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