Summer Family Programs

Adventures in Nature

Nature Story Hour Register

Join the MMA for this program designed especially for the young explorer in your family! Each session we will read a nature or science related book, then meet one of the MMA’s animal friends, and finish up by making a craft or playing games related to the story. For the safety of our animals, we will not allow anyone to touch them. This is a reoccurring program, but the specific focus and materials provided will change each week.

This program is appropriate for children ages 3 and up. All children must be accompanied by an adult and all participants must register. The program will take place in the courtyard of the MMA campus on Vestal St. There is limited parking at 4 Vestal St. with street parking available throughout the surrounding neighborhood. In the case of inclement weather, programs will be cancelled and participants will be notified.

Mondays, 10 am - 11 am
August 3 - 31

Members: $15
Non-members: $30

Masks Required

Discounts available for year-round island family members, contact Kim Botelho at kbotelho@mariamitchell.org.

Beach Biology Field Trip Register

Did you know that Nantucket’s beaches are full of life? Join aquarium director to learn about the fascinating biology, ecology, and geology that make Nantucket’s beaches so unique. We will discover shells and bones of over 15 species of marine animals and are likely to observe live mole crabs, sand fleas, shore birds, beach insects, seals, and more!

This program is appropriate for all ages and meets in front of the ‘Sconset Market. All children must be accompanied by an adult and all participants must register. Program Information Page – directions, what to bring, what to expect. Participants must have their own vehicle for this program. In the case of inclement weather, programs will be cancelled and participants will be notified.

Private programs available.  If you wish to make one of these sessions a private experience for your family, you must register for all eight spaces. Otherwise, contact jdubinsky@mariamitchell.org to arrange a private beach walk. Private programs have limited availability and will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Tuesdays
July 28- September 8

Two options daily:
9 am - 10:30 am
11 am - 12:30 pm

Members: $30
Non-members: $45

Masks Required

Discounts available for year-round island family members, contact Kim Botelho at kbotelho@mariamitchell.org.

Family Snorkeling Register

Come join us at Jetties Beach as we experience the beautiful marine life of Nantucket Island! Our guide 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 children must at least 8 years old to participate. All children must be accompanied by an adult and all participants must register. In the case of inclement weather, programs will be cancelled and participants will be notified.

Due to Covid -19, this year you must have your own snorkeling gear but, we have reduced prices to reflect that.  

Private programs with MMA equipment use available. If you wish to make one of these sessions a private experience for your family, you must register for all eight spaces. Otherwise, please contact kbotelho@mariamitchell.org to schedule and register. Private programs have limited availability and will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Tuesdays, 9:30 am -10:30 am
August 4 - September 8

Members: $30
Non-members: $45

Younger children may be allowed based on swimming skill. Please call 508-228-9198 or email kbotelho@mariamitchell.org

Masks Required

Discounts available for year-round island family members, contact Kim Botelho at kbotelho@mariamitchell.org.

Family Kayaking Register

Want to try kayaking but aren’t sure where to start? Follow one of MMA’s instructors and explore the island from the water! We will teach participants basic kayaking strokes and safety procedures, explore the creeks near harbor flats, and share naturalist information about the local habitat and creatures we may see along the way. Kayaks and life jackets provided.

This program is appropriate for strong swimmers ages 8 and up. All children must be accompanied by an adult and all participants must register. Registration closes at 12 noon the day before the program. The program will meet at Sea Nantucket: 76 Washington St. Limited parking is available towards the end of the Washington St. Extension or in the town lot on Washington St. In the case of inclement weather, programs will be cancelled and participants will be notified.

Private tours available on Thursdays, 9:30 am – 11 am. If you wish to make one of these sessions a private experience for your family, you must register for all eight spaces. Otherwise, contact mzegans@mariamitchell.org to reserve a Thursday tour. Private programs have limited availability and will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Wednesdays, 9:30 am - 11 am
August 5 - September 2

Members: $65
Non-members: $80

Masks Required

Discounts available for year-round island family members, contact Kim Botelho at kbotelho@mariamitchell.org.

Nature Art & Exploration Register

Explore the natural world through the lens of your inner artist! We will go for a short walk and practice closely observing things in the natural world which inspire us. Then we will create some spectacular art projects using a mix of natural materials and art supplies. This is a reoccurring program, but the specific focus and materials provided will change each week.

This program is appropriate for children ages 6 and up. All children must be accompanied by an adult and all participants must register. Participants should be prepared to drive or bike to meet the MMA instructor in the field. Location to be determined. In the case of inclement weather, programs will be cancelled and participants will be notified.

Private programs available. If you wish to make one of these sessions a private experience for your family, you must register for all eight spaces. Otherwise, contact mzegans@mariamitchell.org to schedule a private program. Private programs have limited availability and will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Wednesdays, 2 pm - 3:30 pm
August 5 - September 2

Wednesdays 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm
September 9th & 16th

Members: $30
Non-members: $45

Masks Required

Discounts available for year-round island family members, contact Kim Botelho at kbotelho@mariamitchell.org.

Habitat Hike Register

What makes a forest different from a field? Through a combination of exploration, close observation, and games we will investigate the natural habitats around us. Join Molly Zegans, the MMA’s Education Coordinator to learn what a habitat is, how to identify several common habitats on Nantucket, and how different habitats are connected to one another.  This program will alternate each week between the Nantucket Conservation Foundation’s Masquetuck and Windswept Bog Properties.

This program is appropriate for children ages 6 and up. All children must be accompanied by an adult and all participants must register. Participants should be prepared to drive or bike to meet the MMA instructor in the field. Location to be determined. In the case of inclement weather, programs will be cancelled and participants will be notified.

***Thanks to the generosity of the Nantucket Conservation Foundation, this program is now free-of-charge.***

Private programs available. If you wish to make one of these sessions a private experience for your family, you must register for all eight spaces. Otherwise, contact mzegans@mariamitchell.org to schedule a private program. Private programs have limited availability and will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis.

8/6  Masquetuck
8/13 Windswept Bog
8/20 Masquetuck
8/27 Windswept Bog
9/3 Masquetuck
9/10 Windswept Bog
9/17  Masquetuck

Thursdays, 2 pm - 3:30 pm
August 6 - September 3

Thursdays 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm
September 10th & 17th

Members: $0
Non-members: $0

Masks Required

Evening Programs

Open Nights at Loines Observatory

Join our professional astronomers for an impressive tour of Nantucket’s night sky. Our staff will assist and answer questions while you view the universe through up to three different telescopes. Get a chance to view the planets, bright stars, nebulae, and even objects outside of our own galaxy! And don’t forget to join us for a constellation tour outside! Programs take place at 59 Milk Street Extension and are weather permitting.

Summer 2020
TBD

Members: Free
Non-members: $10

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, for an evening hike under the stars.  During the walk you will participate in a color vision activity, learn how our eyes adjust to the dark, listen for nocturnal animals, take a solo journey if you dare, and enjoy a minty snack while learning about bioluminescence.  At the end of the walk, sit back and relax while you hear stories of summer constellations.  Pre-registration required.

This program is appropriate for ages 8 and up. All children must be accompanied by an adult and all participants must register. The program will meet at the state forest parking lot on Lover’s Lane. In the case of inclement weather, programs will be cancelled and participants will be notified.

Private programs available.  If you wish to make one of these sessions a private experience for your family, you must register for all eight spaces. Otherwise, contact kbotelho@mariamitchell.org to arrange a private program. Private programs have limited availability and will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Thursdays, 9 pm -10 pm
July 30 - September 3



Members: $30
Non-members: $45

Masks Required

Discounts available for year-round island family members, contact Kim Botelho at kbotelho@mariamitchell.org.

Family Workshops Returning in 2021

Family Sailors' Valentines

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!  Adult must remain with child for entire program.  Pre-registration necessary.  Limited to 8 total participants

Pre-registration required by calling 508.228.2896

Monday, June 29, 10-11:30AM
Monday, July 20, 10-11:30AM

Member $40 adult/child pair;
Non-Member $55 adult/child pair;
$10 for each additional child.

Storytime with the Mitchells Registration Closed

Join the curator of the Mitchell House as we read a story about Maria or the time in which she lived, take a brief look back in time at the Mitchell House, and then create a craft related to Maria Mitchell.  A great introduction to museums and history for your young one.

For Ages 3-5

Must be accompanied for entire program by an adult caregiver

July 2 and 16 and August 13 and 20
9:30-10:30AM

Parent/grandparent/caregiver and child
$5 Member /$10 Non-Member
Limited space. Pre-registration necessary. Register by calling 508.228.2896
1 Vestal Street

Check the calendar for upcoming programming.