Marion Natural History Museum’s Summer Program

The Marion Natural History Museum’s Summer Program is one of the most well-known and well regarded in the Southcoast area. The programs are designed to be small groups, and registration is limited to 15 children per session.

Coastal Explorations 2018.These half-day programs involve hands-on exploration, experiments, crafts and journaling while being outdoors. 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 week includes different activities, so sign up for one week or both! Space is limited so make sure to register early for this summer program. Perfect for girls and boys entering Grades 3-6. This program runs from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon, Monday – Friday. Session Dates: Session 1: July 9-13; Session 2: July 16-20; $125/participant/session.

New Wednesday Afternoon Programs.For four Wednesdays during the summer we will be meeting at the Museum from 1:00 – 2:30 pm to learn about different topics. Perfect for children entering Grades 2-6. Program size is limited to 15 participants; $10/each for members, $12/each for non-members

July 11: Exploring our micro-world with the museum’s new digital/video microscope.

July 18: 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.

July 25: Trip to Bird Island with Marion Harbormaster. Bird Island provides a unique nesting habitat for a variety of shorebirds, including the endangered Roseate Tern.

August 1: Display design. 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 students’ own artistic creativity, we will create a new display for the museum.

To register for any of these programs, please go to

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