Oceans & Beaches
Marine Ecology Field Trips Register
Get a first-hand look at unique sea creatures found on Nantucket as you help collect, identify and release fish, crabs, shrimp, and other marine life. Nantucket Harbor is filled with interesting creatures that will amaze you with their survival strategies and feeding habits! See a summary of the data.
Adults $15, Children $10
Adults $20, Child $15
Beach Discovery Field Trip 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.
Adult $10, Child $5
Adult $15, Child $10
Night Marine Walks 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.
Select Tuesdays, 9pm-10:30pm
Adult $15; Child $10
Adult $20; Child $15
Family Snorkel Tours Register
Come join us as we experience the beautiful marine life of Nantucket Island! Our guides will lead you through a diversity of ecosystems to point out horseshoe crabs, pipe fish, puffer fish, moon snails, American eels, flounder and more! All equipment is included. Swimming experience is recommended.
Adult $25; Child $15
Adult $35; Child $25
All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Forests, Fields & Wetlands
Family Insect Hunt Register
There are more insects on earth than any other type of living creature! Learn about these important animals and use scientific equipment to catch them on these family friendly adventures. Have questions or concerns about ticks? This is a great program to get those questions answered!
Adults $10, Child $5
Nantucket Wildflowers Register
Learn about Nantucket’s rare plants and flowers! Visit interesting natural sites on this information packed tour. MMA botanists will focus on currently blooming species and will also point out interesting ecological and historical areas.
Select Mondays, 9am
Adult $15, Child $5
Family Sailors’ Valentines 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.
July 30, 10am-11:30am
Members: $45.00 (adult/child)
Non-members: $55.00 (adult/child)
$10 for each additional child
Stargazing Nights at Loines Observatory
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, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 9pm-10:30pm
Adult $15, Child $10
No registration required.
Family Astronomy Night Register
Come with your child to discover the "creatures" found in the night sky. Children will learn about the stars and constellations, about the myths behind the creatures in the "celestial zoo," they will see how a professional astronomical observatory works and observe with a telescope, if the weather permits. A unique opportunity for you and your children!
Members: $25 (adult/child)
Non-members: $35 (adult/child)
$10 per extra adult or child