Family Programs

Adventures in Nature

Marine Ecology Field Trips Register

What sea creatures live in Nantucket Harbor? Find out as you help collect, identify and release fish, crabs, shrimp, and other marine life! The Harbor is filled with interesting animals that will amaze you in their shapes, colors, and habits. This program is part of a long term research project and is interesting for adults and children.

Perfect for budding scientists and marine biologist! See a summary of the data.

*Participants must have their own vehicle for this program.

This program takes place at local beaches. We meet in the Chicken Box parking lot at 16 Dave Street

Wednesdays - Fridays
June 14 - August 25
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Members: $10
Non-members: $25


Beach Discovery Field Trips Register

Go from interested beach visitor to expert beach comber! Join us to learn how to identify the crabs, shells, sponges, and seaweeds commonly found along the beach. Learn about the lives of these animals as we walk along one of Nantucket’s beautiful beaches.

This program meets in front of the ‘Sconset Market. Program Information Page – directions, what to bring, what to expect.

Mondays
June 19 - August 21
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Members: $10
Non-members: $25

Night Marine Ecology Field Trip Register

Nantucket Harbor teems with marine life at night that is not visible in the day. Join our Aquarium staff to learn about the fish, squid, crabs, and more that come out to feed at night in the shallow water. Meet at the MMA Aquarium, 28 Washington Street.

Program Information Page – Directions, what to bring, what to expect

Wednesdays
July 12, 26, August 9, 23
9:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Members: $10
Non-members: $25

Family Snorkeling Tour Register

Come join us at Jetties Beach as we experience the beautiful marine life of Nantucket Island! Our guides will teach you proper snorkeling techniques and will point out any local marine life you come across including horseshoe crabs, pipe fish, puffer fish, moon snails, American eels, flounder and more! Swimming experience is recommended. All equipment is included.

All children must at least 10 years old and accompanied by an adult.

Tuesdays
June 20 - August 15

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Members: $55
Non-members: $70

Pre-registration required

Nantucket Nature: An Interactive Series for Families

Geology Rocks Register

Environmental writer and owner of Nantucket Walkabout, Peter Brace, will lead a discussion and activity exploring the geology of Nantucket. Learn how Nantucket Island came to be and how the last glacier created the kettle and kame and outwash plain topography of the island.

Wednesday, July 12
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Members: $10 per family per class, or $50 for the whole series

Non-members: $20 per family per class, or $100 for the whole series

Nantucket's Fabulous Flora Register

Kelly Omand, of the Nantucket Conservation Foundation, will lead an exploration of Nantucket’s plants and trees. By the end of the discussion, your family will be familiar with several island natives, invasive weeds, and wild edibles found on Nantucket.

Wednesday, July 19
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Members: $10 per family per class, or $50 for the whole series

Non-members: $20 per family per class, or $100 for the whole series

Waders, Shore Birds, & Owls Register

The MMA’s own field ornithologist, Ginger Andrews, will lead a discussion of what makes Nantucket’s varied habitats so special for birds. Learn about the amazing lives of birds we see regularly on Nantucket, both by day and by night.

Wednesday, July 26
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Members: $10 per family per class, or $50 for the whole series
Non-members: $20 per family per class, or $100 for the whole series

Beach Critters Register

Shelley Dresser and Daanish Qureshi (trusted intern), from the Maria Mitchell Association, will lead a discussion and exploration of the creatures found on the beaches of Nantucket. Come learn fun facts about the animals that live on our beaches and how the changing tides impact them.

Wednesday, August 2
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Members: $10 per family per class, or $50 for the whole series

Non-members: $20 per family per class, or $100 for the whole series

Nantucket's Night Sky Register

Director of Astronomy at the Maria Mitchell Association, Dr. Regina Jorgenson, will lead an exploration of our solar system. By the end of the class, everyone will get to make their very own scale model of the solar system to take home.

Wednesday, August 9
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Members: $10 per family per class, or $50 for the whole series

Non-members: $20 per family per class, or $100 for the whole series

Water Wisdom: Nantucket's Sole Source Aquifer Register

Resource Ecologist from the Nantucket Land Council, Emily Molden, will be sharing an interactive groundwater model to learn where Nantucket’s drinking water comes from.

Wednesday, August 16
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Members: $10 per family per class, or $50 for the whole series

Non-members: $20 per family per class, or $100 for the whole series

Family Workshops

Family Sailors’ Valentines Call to Register

A great time for you and your child to learn and create together! Join the curator of the Mitchell House and create your own version of a sailors’ valentine by decorating a small Shaker – style box or picture frame-something to be enjoyed for years to come. We provide all of the supplies – you bring your imagination and creativity! Adults must remain with child for entire program.

Reservations necessary, limited to 8 total participants. Cost is based on an adult/child pair. Children must be aged 5 years or older.

Pre-registration required by calling 508.228.2896

Monday, June 26
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Monday, July 24
10:00 - 11:30 am

Members: $45.00 (adult/child pair)
Non-members: $55.00 (adult/child pair)
$10 for each additional child

Call 508-228-2896 to register.

Upcycle Whale Sculpture Workshops Register

Save our oceans by turning plastic flotsam into whale sculptures as we join forces with the Artist Association of Nantucket (AAN) and ACK Clean to bring this workshop for children and adults. Artist Cindy Pease Roe has been working tirelessly to spread the word concerning the invasion of plastics and other debris into our ocean habitats. Pease Roe has garnered the interest of school-aged children, art lovers, and activists alike by collecting plastic flotsam she finds along the shoreline and transforming it into though-provoking and visually stimulating sculptures.

June 30 – Ages 8 and up at MMA’s 33 Washington St
June 28 and July 6 – Adults Only at AAN, 24 Emilia Drive

If you are a member of the AAN please enter the following discount code to receive the member price. AANMember

Friday, June 30 (Family)
Wednesday, June 28 (Adults)
Thursday, July 6 (Adults)

9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Members: $80.00
Non-members: $95.00


Appropriate for ages 8 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All participants must register in advance.

Evening Programs

Open Nights at Loines Observatory No Registration

Join our professional astronomers for an impressive laser tour of the starry sky and for telescopic viewing of the Moon, planets, galaxies, and more. Programs take place at 59 Milk Street Extension and are weather permitting.

Mondays and Wednesdays
June 8 - August 30
9:00 PM - 10:30 PM

Non-members $10
Members Free

If in doubt about the weather, please call 508-257-1117

No registration required.

Stars & Senses Night Hike Register

Join Kim Botelho, Director of Education, and MMA’s Astronomy Educator, for an evening hike under the stars. You will test your night vision, listen for nocturnal animals and learn about their adaptations, take a solo journey if you dare, learn the stories of summer constellations and more. Pre-registration required.

Appropriate for ages 8 and up.

Location: State Forest, meet at state forest parking lot on Lover’s Lane

Thursdays
July 6 - FREE, members only, call to register - max of 15 allowed
July 13 - August 17
9:00 PM - 10:00 PM



Members: $10
Non-members: $25

Mitchell House at Night Call to Register

Ever wonder what it’s like to be in the Mitchell House at night as the shadows grow longer and the house becomes darker and darker and darker? Come for a little behind-the-scenes-tour where we will tell you spooky ghost stories and if it’s clear, take a look through some telescopes!

Price based on an adult/child pair. Pre-registration required by calling 508.228.2896

Wednesday, July 12
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Wednesday, August 9
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

$35 Member Pair
$50 Non-Member pair
Additional child $10/child

Limited to 10 participants.

For a child and parent. Parent must accompany child for entire program.

Check the calendar for upcoming programming.