Afterschool Programs at the MNHM

Spring ThawApril 16, 3:30 – 4:30 pm. (postponed from March 28). Finally, spring is here! Let’s investigate those signs of life – both animal and plant – that can be seen now that the winter is officially over. Specimens will be available for handling, so please dress accordingly.

Composting April 9, 3:30 – 4:30 pm. Did you know you can make your soil healthier? We will be exploring what goes into a compost pile, and how you can make your “dirt” better.

Boat Trip to Bird IslandApril 30, 3:30 – 4:30pm. Our annual trip to Bird Island with the Harbormaster’s office. This program is very popular, so please register early to get a spot! Please remember to bring hats, water-proof coats, and sensible shoes. Subject to change to a “Harbor Tour” if the waves are too high.

Wild Plants May 21, 3:30 – 4:30 pm. Let’s welcome back our hibernating herbaceous flora. Please plan to go outside and get a little dirty as we explore some of these plants close up.

ROCKETS! May 28, 3:30 – 5:00 pm. Each child will have his/her own rocket with motor to assemble and set off. Warning: These are not the soda bottle rockets! The program is limited to 12 children aged 6+, accepted on a first-come first-served basis. Parent volunteers are encouraged to help with rocket assembly. Cost for this program is $20/participant. Program usually runs about 1.5 hours. Please submit payment to Marion Natural History Museum to hold your child’s spot.

Where Does Our Water Come From? June 4, 3:30 – 4:30 pm. From mountains to the shore, how does water travel to our town? We will be building our own examples of watersheds, so please plan to get dirty, and maybe a little wet!

Cost for all programs – unless otherwise noted – is $4 for members, $6 for nonmembers. To find out how to register for these programs, please go to the museum website at

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