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. At least one adult must sign up with children. This program is designed to be interesting for all ages!
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
June 13 - August 24th
10 AM - 12 PM
*except July 4th
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. At least one adult must sign up with children. This program is designed to be interesting for all ages!
This program meets in front of the ‘Sconset Market. Program Information Page – directions, what to bring, what to expect. Participants must have their own vehicle for this program.
June 11 - August 20
2 PM - 4 PM
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. At least one adult must sign up with children. This program is designed to be interesting for all ages!
Program Information Page – Directions, what to bring, what to expect
June 27, July 18, August 1, 15
9:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Family Snorkeling 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.
2:30 - 4 PM
June 19 - August 14
Younger children may be allowed based on swimming skill. Please call 508-228-9198 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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! Adult must remain with child for entire program. Reservations necessary. Call to register – 508.228.2896.
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, July 23, 10-11:30AM
Member $40 adult/child pair;
Non-member $55 adult/child pair;
$10 for each additional child.
Meet at Science Library Courtyard, 2 Vestal Street, behind Hinchman House Natural Science Museum.
Build Your Own Insect Collection Register
Learn about insects, “bugs”, and other creepy-crawlies through making your own curated and preserved collection to take home. Insects are the most abundant group of animals on the planet and provide unique opportunities to study the world around you! In this program visiting scientist Brandon Quinby will teach you all the tools necessary to start creating your own collections at home, while giving you hands on experience with these beautiful but often misunderstood animals.
Ages 8+. Please register the child only. At least one adult must accompany a child. Unsupervised children will not be allowed to participate.
Limited to 10 children
Create Upcycled Whale Sculptures with Cindy Pease Roe Register
Create visually stimulating whale sculptures with artist Cindy Pease Roe. Cindy has combined her passion for art with her passion for protecting marine life, by creating beautiful whale sculptures. Cindy garners the interest of school-aged children, art lovers, and activists alike by collecting plastic flotsam that she finds along the shoreline and transforming it into beautiful whales that you will love to display in your home. No experience necessary, just a willingness to experiment, design, and have a great time.
If you are a member of the Artist Association of Nantucket please enter the following discount code to receive the member price. AANMember
9:30 AM-11:30 AM
33 Washington Street
Members: Adult $85, Child $75
Non-Members: Adult $100, Child $90
For ages 6 and up, and children must be accompanied by an adult
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.
7:00pm - 8:00pm
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.
Appropriate for ages 8 and up.
Location: State Forest, meet at state forest parking lot on Lover’s Lane
July 12* - August 9
July 12 - FREE Members Only event
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
8PM - 9PM
$25 Member Pair
$35 Non-Member pair
Additional child $10/child
Limited to 10 participants.