Press Release: Maria Mitchell Aquarium Seaside Stories

Press Release   
For Immediate Release   
August 8, 2018   
Contact: Trinity Foreman   

Setse tells Seaside Stories by the Nantucket Seashore (Try Saying that Three Times Fast) Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association Intern to Tell Seaside Stories at the MMA Aquarium  

Nantucket, MA – Grab a beach chair and bring your little ones to hear ocean-based stories on the harbor front by the Maria Mitchell Association Aquarium staff. Every Tuesday at 10:10am, one of the Maria Mitchell interns will read an illustrated children’s book to the group and then lead an ocean-education based discussion which will include a small arts and crafts project, aquarium specimen observation, and sometimes live animals. Children and adults alike will be able to ask questions and learn more about the ocean world right in front of them. Through these seaside narratives, children will learn more about marine life and oceanic ecosystems. Seaside stories will combine creativity, imagination, and science in a fun activity for the entire family. After the story, families can join the MMA intern on a guided tour of the Aquarium to look at and better understand the animals present in the story. It is the perfect morning for any child, from a budding scientist to a future artist.  

“Seaside Stories” are included in admission to the MMA Aquarium and other MMA properties. Simply visit the Maria Mitchell Aquarium at 28 Washington Street during story time, purchase a property pass or present your membership card, and head back to the beach to participate. A blanket will be provided to sit on, but participants can bring beach chairs or their own towels or blankets. Stories may focus on anything from scallops to hermit crabs to shore shrimp.  

Despite its small size, the MMA Aquarium has over sixty species and has a variety of educational opportunities for visitors to learn about Nantucket’s ecosystems, the biodiversity of Nantucket’s waters, animal interaction, invasive species, and ocean-related conservation efforts. The Aquarium is led by a team of MMA interns and volunteers, and houses a variety of animals found of the shores of Nantucket, including a rare orange lobster named Clementine. The Aquarium is committed to providing an educational experience for visitors, as well as a high quality of life for its inhabitants. 

The Maria Mitchell Association is a private non-profit organization. Founded in 1902, the MMA works to preserve the legacy of Nantucket native astronomer, naturalist, librarian, and educator, Maria Mitchell. The Maria Mitchell Association operates two observatories, a natural science museum, an aquarium, a newly opened research center, and preserves the historic birthplace of Maria Mitchell. A wide variety of science and history-related programming is offered throughout the year for people of all ages. This year celebrates Mitchell’s 200th birthday with special lectures, events, classes, and exhibits all year-long, culminating in the Maria Mitchell Women in Science Symposium in October 2018 in Boston.