Seacoast Science Center

Tofu: The Journey of a Humpback Whale is a featured exhibit at the Seacoast Science Center, and showcases the powerful interactions of humans with the oceans.


Creating connections to nature through personal experience.

The Seacoast Science Center, located in historic Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, NH is a flagship institution in the region’s cultural economy. Each year, over 60,000 people visit the Center, 15,000 of whom are students from throughout New England. With seven distinctly different habitats just outside the Center’s door, and a diversity of live animals that inhabit the aquaria and terraria, the Center’s educators are prepared to deliver an array of unique programs.

Mission Statement

The Seacoast Science Center, located in historically rich Odiorne Point State Park, provides exceptional learning experiences in the natural sciences through dynamic and innovative programs and exhibits.

Ocean Literacy

The Seacoast Science Center has joined many marine education and research institutions across the country to advance ocean literacy, which is defined as understanding the influence oceans have on people, and the influence people have on oceans. The Center includes the Ocean Literacy principles throughout its mix of hands-on, minds-on programs and engaging exhibits.


Indoor and outdoor programs are available throughout the year.

The $1M Gregg Interactive Learning Studio opened in 2007. Thanks to the two-way communication technology that is at the Studio’s core, the Center is a full-service content provider of innovative, high-quality distance learning experiences, reaching students throughout the state and across the country. That technology also enables us to reach around the globe. Now a partner with Freedom Calls, the Center is able to provide live, two-way broadcasts between American military personnel serving overseas with their family members here at home.

Marine and Coastal Science Programs Include: Rocky Shore Ecology, Coastal Geology, Humpback Whale Programs, Non-residential Environmental Day Programs, Salt Marsh Ecology, Indoor Tide Pooling, Marine Mammals, Crustaceans, Gulf of Maine Watershed, Life Cycles of Marine Animals, Merit Badge Programs and Off-Site Programs

Connections to OL Principles

5:The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems.

5i.Estuaries provide important and productive nursery areas for many marine and aquatic species.
Salt Marsh Ecology
Age Level: Grade 4 through 8
Through an introductory lesson, students will learn about the important role salt marsh and estuary ecology play in the health of the Gulf of Maine watershed. Using binoculars, temperature loggers and microscopes, students learn about the ecology of the salt marsh and the unique adaptations marsh organisms have developed to survive in this habitat. Interactive activities teach students about the uses of the marsh through time. Educators will receive materials to assist with field trip planning and pre-and post-trip activities.  This program varies seasonally.

2: The ocean and life in the ocean shape the features of the Earth.

2b. Sea level changes over time have expanded and contracted continental shelves, created and destroyed inland seas, and shaped the surface of land.

Coastal Geology: School of Hard Rocks
Age Level: Grade 1 through 9
Odiorne is the ideal spot to make the study of geology come alive for your students. This program begins with a presentation that illustrates the rock cycle, tectonic plate movement and the impact glaciation had on New England. Hands-on activities teach students how to classify rocks. Students will then go outdoors to examine rock formations and evidence of glacial activity within Odiorne State Park.