Mission: It is the mission of the seacoast science center to spark curiosity, enhance understanding, and inspire conservation of our blue planet. The center's programming and exhibits encourage visitors and other program participants to recognize the value of the natural environment so that they may be moved to action, develop conservation ethics and take personal action to ensure a healthy ocean. The center is located in historic odiorne point state park and operates under an ongoing contract with nh division of parks and recreation. The center offers educational programs, environmental day camps and interpretive exhibits and aquariums for visitors and school groups. Visitors represent a diverse audiences from toddlers to grandparents. As a cultural mainstay in the seacoast, the center features educational content highlighting the natural history of odiorne point state park and the ecology of its 7 distinct habitats as well as the ecology of the gulf of maine including open-ocean, nearshore an
Programs: Programs: the seacoast science center offers educational programs, environmental day camps and interpretive exhibits and aquariums for visitors and school groups. Visitors learn about the ocean and its critical influence on our daily lives through the perspective of odiorne point state park and seacoast new hampshire. It is the objective of the seacoast science center exhibits and experiential environmental education programing to increase our visitor's understanding and awareness of the ocean. In turn, we hope to motivate them to take personal actions in their daily lives that will contribute to a healthy ocean.
exhibits: the seacoast science center features over 35 individual exhibits. The "discovery dock" early learning activity center is an interactive exhibit designed to be a space where young children can explore the working waterfront. "h2o today" explores the beauty and essential nature of water, the planet's lifeblood. The exhibition examines the diversity and challenges of our global water sources and promotes conversation, creativity and innovation through art, science and technology. "marine mammals of the gulf of maine" is comprised of a collection of interpretive videos, interactive exhibits and articulated skeletons including "tofu" a 32-foot juvenile humpback whale. The "gulf of maine exhibit hall" features 10 aquarium exhibits containing a variety of fish and marine invertebrates representative of a variety of habitats found in the gulf of maine. Perhaps the most popular exhibit at the seacoast science center is the intertidal touch tank where visitors may handle crabs, sea stars and marine invertebrates commonly found in the tide pools at the nearby rocky shore of odiorne point.
camps: the seacoast science center offers environmental day camps during school vacation periods throughout the year. Over 700 children, from 4 to 13 years old, enroll each year to participate in experiential environmental education programming that emphasizes outdoor experiences and first hand interactions. It is the objective of the seacoast science center's education programing to increase our camper's understanding and awareness of the ocean. In turn we hope to motivate them to take personal actions in their daily lives that will build personal conservation ethics and contribute to a healthy ocean.
other program services: (1) facility and grounds are open to the general public for educational purposes, (2) shared administrative services, and (3) sale of themed inventory