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

Summer Programs

The Marion Natural History Museum's Summer Program is an educational science-based program with an emphasis on our coastal environment, and is one of the most well known and well regarded in the Southcoast area. Children from across the country visit us each summer and participate in the program.

During Summer 2018 the Marion Natural History Museum is offering a half-day summer program to explore some of Marion’s unique natural areas. We will be exploring our rocky inter-tidal shoreline, salt marshes, estuaries as well as freshwater riverbanks, forest, swamps, ponds and bogs. Daily we will take trips to look for the birds, amphibians, fish and invertebrates that make these areas so special.

Each morning will involve hands-on exploration, experiments, crafts and journaling while being outdoors. Your child will enjoy being a Coastal Explorer with the Marion Natural History Museum! Space is limited so make sure to register early for this summer program. Perfect for girls and boys entering grades 3 – 6.

Each week will involve different activities so sign up for one week or both!

Summer Schedule: 2 Weeks Available

Coastal Explorations Week 1: July 9 - July 13, 2018, 9am - 12 noon.
Coastal Explorations Week 2: July 16 - July 20, 2018, 9am - 12 noon.

Cost: $125/participant/week

Registration deadline: June 30, 2018

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Wednesday Afternoon Programs

For four Wednesdays during the summer we will be meeting at the Museum from 1 - 2:30pm to learn about different topics. Perfect for children entering grades 2 - 6. Program size is limited to 15 participants. $10.00/each members | $12/each non-members

Exploring Our Micro-World

July 11, 1:00 - 2:30pm

Instead of fiddling with focusing lenses, the museum’s new microscope displays the specimen on a computer screen for the group to see. Additionally we can take a video and photos of our specimen. Let’s take a close-up look at moss, lichen, butterflies, and anything else we would like to see in detail.

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Travel the World in VR!

July 18, 1:00 - 2:30pm

Travel the world with the museum’s new HTC Vive virtual reality set. Using our new virtual reality set and Google Earth we will allow the students to be immersed into a street level view of various locations.

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Trip to Bird Island

July 25, 1:00 - 2:30pm

Bird Island provides a unique nesting habitat for a variety of shorebirds, including the endangered Roseate Tern. The nesting should be over with by now, so let’s go see who’s there. PLEASE DRESS IN YOUR MESSY CLOTHES AND WEAR A HAT!

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Museum Display Design

August 1, 1:00 - 2:30pm

How would you like to work with others to design a new display for the museum? Using some of the museum’s artifacts, and the student’s own artistic creativity, we will create a new display for the museum.

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