Hours: Wednesdays 12:00 - 4:00, Fridays 12:00 - 2:00

After School Programs

Winter/Spring 2019

Our after school programs are always interesting and seek to connect kids with the amazing natural world around them. Please register early, programs fill quickly!

Winter Tree Walk

January 30, 3:30p-4:30p

Wetland scientist Sarah Porter will help us take a close up look at some twigs and buds from local trees, and then take a walk in the woods to see if we can identify trees without using their leaves. Please dress appropriately..

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Great Backyard Bird Count

February 13, 3:30p-4:30p

February 15 through the 19th is the Great Backyard Bird Count, an important citizen science effort to discover more about bird populations in our area. It’s a simple and fun to do project that can be done over the weekend and submitted online to Cornell University. Let’s learn a little about the Bird Count together and get ready to start our study!

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LEGO Party!

February 20, 12:00 noon to 3:00p

Come visit the Museum during vacation week and join our LEGO party! Play with the Museum's huge collection of LEGOs and building something fun and amazing with us.

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Popsicle Stick Catapults

February 27, 3:30p-4:30p

With Mark Whalen, Engineering Professor at Mass Maritime. Explore the relationship between Elasticity, Energy, Mass and Velocity.  Build and test your own small catapult. Launch objects big and small, and try out various modifications to improve performance.

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Exploring Shells

March 13, 3:30p-4:30p

Did you know that the museum has an extensive shell collection? Some of the specimens include shells that were donated by Elizabeth Taber herself!  Let’s take a look at some of the more exotic shells in our collections as well as some of our native ones, and see if we can match which animal made what shell.

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Weather with Channel 6's Chelsea Priest

March 20, 3:30p-4:30p

Weather reporter Chelsea Priest. will be talking about weather patterns, what we might expect come spring, and what it takes to be a televised meteorologist.

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Alewives

April 3, 3:30p-4:30p

Herring Officer Dave Watling will be in to talk about the life cycle of this important fish species. Dave will explain what he does in his role and what efforts are being made to help them survive.

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Insects with Blake Dinius

April 24, 3:30p-4:30p

Blake is an entomologist with Plymouth County Extension Service. We will be using insect nets to see what bugs we can catch. Then we’ll take a close look with the use of magnifiers and microscopes, and hopefully identify a few of the species.

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Bird Island Trip 1

May 1, 3:30p-4:30p

With the Marion Harbormaster’s office. We will be visiting the newly restored nesting habitat of the Roseate Tern. The center of the island has been filled in and vegetation added to make the island more hospitable for these rare and endangered birds.

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Bird Island Trip 2

May 8, 3:30p-4:30p

Our rain/overflow date for our popular Bird Island trip.

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Soil Critters

May 15, 3:30p-4:30p

With Maggie Payne, Soil Scientist with the U.S.D.A. Did you know there are more living organisms in a tablespoon of healthy soil than there are people on earth? Come explore the life beneath our feet and discover the importance of not treating our soils like dirt.

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Water Bottle Rockets

May 22, 3:30p-4:30p

With Dr. Dills of the UMass Dartmouth Chemistry Department. During construction of our rockets we will learn a little something about aerodynamics, altitude and how our design impacts the duration of the flight. Please save up your 2 liter bottles now for this explosive program!

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This is Rocket Science!

June 5, 3:30p-4:30p

Join us while learning about propulsion and lift with Mike Cronin. Each child will have his/her own rocket with motor to assemble and set off. The cost for this program is $20 per participant. Submit payment to Marion Natural History Museum. Space is limited to 12 children ages 6 and older, on a first-come, first-served basis. Parent volunteers are encouraged to help with rocket assembly. This program tends to run long, so please plan accordingly. Rain date June 6.

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