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.

All families are encouraged to register their children as early as possible as they fill up quickly! Session registration is limited to 15 children per session - register early!


Wednesday Afternoon Summer Programs

Join us on Wednesday afternoons this summer from 1pm - 4pm for these educational and fun nature programs! These programs are designed to be small groups, and registration is limited. $24/each for members, $30/each for non-members.

Children's Nature Journaling Workshop

July 12, 1:00p - 4:00p

Learn the art of observation with Artist and Naturalist Tricia Cassady. This is a great way to introduce the students to the world of journaling. We will make a small sketch book and then go outside to learn different ways to observe and draw from nature.

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Rain Gutter Regatta

July 19, 1:00p - 4:00p

Together with engineer Mark Whalen participants will be developing a vessel to "race the clock" as well as of each other. The program include pre-event discussion and demonstration of sailboat engineering and design: buoyancy, stability, lift and drag forces. Program space is limited so please register early!

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Tour of Bird Island 

July 26, 1:00p - 4:00p

Carolyn Mostello, biologist with the MA Department of Fish and Wildlife will take us to Bird Island, where we will be learning a little about the birds that need the island for nesting and the important habitat restoration work that has been done to the island over the winter. This program has limited space so please register early!

This program is full!

Exploring Fresh Water Ecosystems at Washburn Park

August 2, 1:00p - 4:00p

We’ll be exploring vernal pools, woods and bogs. We’ll spend the afternoon looking at plants and soils, netting amphibians and fish, and looking for birds and signs of other types of wildlife.

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Exploring Soils

August 9, 1:00p - 4:00p

Come and learn about the soil beneath your feet with USDA soil scientist Maggie Payne. We will conduct experiments to determine different soil types, explore the life in the soil, and learn about what makes and keeps soil healthy and productive.

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