Oceans & Beaches
Marine Ecology Field Trips Coming Soon
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 alike.
This program is perfect for budding scientists and marine biologist. See a summary of the data.
*Participants must have their own vehicle for this program.
Beach Discovery Field Trip Coming Soon
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.
Night Marine Walks Coming Soon
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.
Family Snorkel Tours Coming Soon
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. Children must be at least 8 years old to participate.
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! On backyard insect programs we walk to a nearby park, otherwise we drive to an expedition site.
July 4 Oak Scrublands Aug 2 Summer Insects
July12 Backyard Insects Aug 9 Backyard Insects
July 19 Velvet Ants and Vistas Aug 16 Aquatic Insects
July26 Backyard Insects Aug 23 Backyard Insects
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.
July 15 Grasslands and Valley Aug 26 Freshwater Pond
July 23 Coastal Plain Aug 20 Oak Barren
Select Mondays, 9am
Adult $15, Child $5
Family Sailors’ Valentines Coming Soon
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 29, 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