The Marion Natural History Museum Fall/Winter 2018 after-school programs will include:
September 26– Netting the shore – We will be enjoying one of the last warm days of summer by using the seining net to collect a few critters to identify and document before they move out to sea. Please bring a suit or wear shorts that you don’t mind getting wet if you want to help net. Pick up will be at the Harbormaster’s Beach on Island Wharf at 4:30 pm.
October 10: Tour the Solar System with David Pierce, Astronomy and Physics Instructor at Tabor Academy. We will be viewing some awesome photos of the solar system and discussing the relative sizes of stars.
October 17: Searching for the migrating birds of Fall with Justin Barrett, President of the Nasketucket Bird Club. We will be looking for our summer birds that are moving south and possibly our winter birds that may’ve arrived early. Please be prepared for a walking field trip and feel free to bring binoculars if you have them.
October 24: Fall Nature Walk: We will be collecting fallen leaves, seeds, berries to bring back to the museum to inspect under our microscopes. We will also be creating a mini plant press to preserve our favorite leaves which the museum will laminate once dry for a permanent keepsake.
November 14: Rock-Hound 101: Jim Pierson will be in to talk about his favorite topic, rocks and minerals. A former geologist, Jim continues to be passionate about rocks and minerals. He will be sharing his interest with us by looking at some specimens from the museum’s collections as well as his own.
November 28: Designing a wetland. What goes into creating these vital habitats? Manuel de Costa, professional watershed scientist, will let us in on how to design a wetland for the animals and plants that rely on them.
December 12:Nature craft party. Our annual event is always a popular program. We will be having some fun using natural and recycled materials to make gifts for the holidays. Light refreshments will be served
To register for these programs please go to our website www.marionmuseum.org