Spring programs at Marion's Natural History Museum
Build a miniature sailboat, learn about whales, study bugs and build a miniature rocket this spring at Marion's Natural History Museum.
Rain Gutter Regatta: January 24
Engineer Mark Whalen will help participants design and build a model sailing vessel to "race the clock" as well as each other. The program includes pre-event discussion and demonstration of sailboat engineering and design: buoyancy, stability, lift and drag forces. The program is limited to 20, so those interested should register early.
Whales of Buzzards Bay: February 14
Woods Hole marine mammal biologist Michael Moore will discuss the biology of whales that can be seen along the Massachusetts coast, with special focus on the humpback whale. He’ll speak about how the current population of this species is faring and what we may or may not see in years to come. Listeners will have the opportunity to ask Dr. Moore questions about the whales and explore some of the museum’s relevant collections.
Tree Bark study: February 28
Have you ever noticed how trees have different types of bark? Some smooth, some deeply furrowed, but all serve an important purpose. Participants will learn more about tree identification by studying different tree identifiers.
Animal Track, Scat and Sign Basics: March 14
Gnawed wood, deer scat, and animal tracks left in the snow or mud. Learn about different animal tracks, how animals move, and the signs animals leave behind.
Designing with Sticks and Stones: March 28
Participants will look at examples of different arrangements of simple items from nature (sand, rocks, twigs, leaves) to create art, and attempt to create a simple piece themselves.
Backyard Bugs: April 4
Participants will take a closer look into their own backyards, exploring some of the insects that can be found, and learning how they have overcome challenges we would never consider. Entomologist Blake Dinius, of the Plymouth County Cooperative Extension, will lead the lecture.
Early spring bird walk: April 11
Take a spring walk and learn about some of the birds that can be seen at Southcoast feeders. Justin Barrett, of the Nasketucket Bird Club, will be leading the walk. Walkers are asked to dress warmly.
Vernal pool study: April 25
Participants will use microscopes and magnifiers to take a close look at some of the plants and animals that can be found in vernal pools. Don't worry—the animals will be returned to the same pool they came from.
Bird Island trip: May 9
Marion Harbormaster Isaac Perry will ferry participants to Bird Island, where participants will see the habitat of some of the world’s rarest birds. This program fills very quickly, so those interested are encouraged to sign up early.
Rocketry: May 16
This IS rocket science! Learn about propulsion and lift with Mike Cronin. Each child will have his/her own rocket with motor to assemble and set off. The cost for this program is $20 per participant. Submit payment to Marion Natural History Museum. Space is limited to 12 children. The program is limited to children ages 6 and older, on a first-come, first-served. Parent volunteers are encouraged to help with rocket assembly. The rain date for the program is May 23.
Marion Marsh turtles: May 30
Participants will learn about the Diamondback Terrapin—the only turtle capable of surviving in brackish water—and the efforts being made to protect this vulnerable species.