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 2019 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: 

Coastal Explorations Week 1: July 8 - July 12, 2019, 9am - 12 noon.

Cost: $125/participant/week

Registration deadline: June 30, 2019

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Wednesday Afternoon Programs

For four Wednesdays during the summer we will be meeting at the Museum from 12:30 - 2:00pm to learn about different topics. Perfect for children entering grades 2 - 6. Program size is limited to 15 participants. $12.00/each members | $15/each non-members.

Birds of Bird Island

July 10, 1:00p - 3:00p

With Carolyn Mostello, Coastal Waterbird Biologist, Mass. Div. of Fish & Wildlife and Isaac Perry, Town of Marion Harbormaster. During this program we will start at the museum to view slides of the restoration effort and learn about the shorebirds that rely on this important island habitat. Then we’ll be walking down to the Harbormaster’s office to tour the island. This program is for children ages 5 and up only please. Extended hours are required for this program. We will start at 1:00 at the Museum
and pick up will be at 3:00 at the Marion Harbormaster’s office.

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Virtual Reality Travel

July 17, 12:30p - 2:00p

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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Looking at Lichens

July 24, 12:30p - 2:00p

We’ll be taking a woodland walk to inspect these interesting hybrids, conduct an experiment to see what they can tell us about our environment, and take some back to the museum to inspect under our new digital/video microscope.

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Nature Walk in Washburn Park

July 31, 12:30p - 2:00p

We will be meeting at Washburn park to look for frogs, turtles and whatever else we can find. This program will involve walking through brush so please use plenty of insect protection, sunscreen, sensible footwear and a hat. We recommend the students bring something to drink.

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