Learn about birds and bees and rockets at Marion Natural History Museum

Mar 21, 2022

MARION — Marion Natural History Museum, 8 Spring St., offers a series of activities this spring.

On March 30, Unique Birds of Marion, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Join Justin Barrett of the Nasketucket Bird Club will discuss Marion’s native species, and explore the birds that call Marion home or use it as a stopover during migration. 

On April 6  “To Bee or Not to Bee,’’ 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The program will discuss creating a pollinator garden for bees. Explore the biology of bees and learn about what plants to grow to best suit their needs, how to provide suitable homes for bees and what actions people might be taking, even if inadvertently, that negatively impact their populations. 

These programs are free but registration is required.

On April 13, dive into vernal pools, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Participants will use microscopes and magnifiers to take a look at plants and animals that live in these pools. They will be returned to the same pool. Participants may get messy. Cost is $8 members, $10 non-members. 

On April 27, A trip to Bird Island, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Join Isaac Perry and the Marion Harbormaster’s office to visit the habitat of some of the world’s rarest birds. $8 members, Cost is $10 non-members. 

On May 11, “Naturally’’ Artistic, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.. Artist and graphic designer Karen Alves leads this mix of nature and art. Participants will roll up their sleeves and get creative. Cost is $8 members, $10 non-members.

On May 25, This is Rocket Science, May 25 and 26, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Learn about propulsion and lift with Mike Cronin. Each student will have a rocket with a motor to assemble and launch. Cost is $20 per participant. Program is limited to 12 children, ages six and older, parental assistance is encouraged. Cost is $20.

On June 8, Exploring Ram Island, 3:30 to 5 p.m.. Situated within Sippican Harbor, Ram Island has unique ecosystems to explore. Owners Michael and Hannah Moore have invited this group to explore the salt marshes, rocky intertidal shoreline, mud flats (depending on tides) and osprey nests. Life jackets will be required and children will get messy, Open to children only, with a 12-person limit. Cost is $10 for non-members, $8 for members. 

To learn more about these programs, visit www.marionmuseum.org. Masks are required to enter the museum.