Seacoast Carnival Free-For-All!

Stop by as part of Joppa Flats to see our latest celebrities in our touch tank!

Let's celebrate our beaches, tide pools, and salt marshes with a full day of fun outdoor/indoor activities! Handle live tide pool animals from our 110-gallon touch tank, go on a guided salt marsh walk, and enjoy a virtual whale watch trip.

Ages 7 and up can attempt to stop erosion, design a buoyancy experiment, and perform percolation tests with sand and soil. For ages 2 to 6, we'll have storytelling, crafts, and small group games about the beach. Weather permitting, there will be backyard games and art projects, including a collage mural representing the trash we collected from our Plum Island COASTSWEEP on September 14! Let's all enjoy the day and give thanks for our beautiful river, estuary, and beaches.

Scheduled Events:

  • Guided marsh walk with Lisa Hutchings at 11am. Bring your boots!
  • A Day in the life of a Beach Creature with Lisa Hutchings at 1pm. Indoors.
  • A Hermit Crab’s Tale original story written & narrated by Victor Atkins at 10:30 am & 12:30 pm

Open-ended Event Activities

Featuring math, chemistry, conservation, art and more:

  • Buoyancy Activity: Learn how fish use swim bladders to float in water!
  • Soil Percolation Races:
    • Plum Island is mostly sand.  Is it harder for plants to put down roots in sand?
  • Fibonacci Spirals. Seashells have secret patterns hidden within!
  • Mini Beach Clean-Up: Come explore our beach in a box and help us remove what doesn’t belong!
  • Microscope Activity: Take a closer look at the tiny organisms that produce 50-80% of the world’s oxygen!
  • Coastal Animal Adhesion:  How do animals stay put?  Think about constantly living with waves crashing…..
  • Art projects including paint a fish, create a sea creature, and ocean origami!

Event Information:

  • This program is open to all ages.
  • Preregistration is not required.
  • Children must be accompanied by adults.
  • This is a rain-or-shine event.
  • Nature-themed attire is welcome!
When: 
Saturday, September 22, 2013 10 am - 3 pm
Prices: 
FREE
Phone: 
978.462.9998
Anna Jaques Hospital Beth Israel Lahey Health

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