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.
- 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!
- 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!