Hands-On Marine Science Programs for Adults & Children Learning Together

There are many ways families learn together at the HMSC Visitor Center! Use the menu at right to navigate through the website and discover activities that engage multi-age groups.


2017 Summer Family Programs

Fridays in July, 2017
$15.00 per person/program - Registration fees are non-refundable

Sessions are two hours long and you can come to one, all four or any combination you want! Pre-registration is recommended and began January 9, 2017.

All programs are designed for children age 4 and up and adults. Each family must include at least one adult.


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Summer 2017 Family Programs

Friday, July 7, 2017


9:00-11:30 AM - How Science Works:  
Come see how science works by performing different experiments in the lab and go out to the estuary to collect shore crabs for an outdoor racing experiment!
1:00-3:30 PM - Estuary Exploration:
Explore the Yaquina Bay estuary to discover the unique creatures that
call the mud their home. Then do plankton tows and take specimens back to the lab to examine with microscopes.

Marine Bioluminescence:

Come explore the world of light through florescence, phosphorescence and chemiluminescence. Discover how and why so many marine organisms make their own light. We will test our own vision as we take on the role of deep sea predators and prey.

Friday, July 14, 2017


Feeling Art-Sea:

Come observe the many marine organisms in our wet labs. Then use what you’ve seen to make ocean-inspired art projects. Create unique projects to take home! Dress for a mess.

Friday, July 21, 2017


All Things Fishy:

Explore the amazing world of fish! Participants will learn about fish senses through hands-on experiments.* Then get your hands messy as we learn about the internal and external anatomy through a fish dissection.

*No fish are harmed during experiments.

Friday, July 28, 2017


Fantastic Floaters:

Ever wondered how those tiny marine organisms get around in such a big ocean? Come explore these mysterious “wanderers” as we collect plankton using nets, examine them with microscopes and try to determine what they will become as adults. Learn how adaptations help them sink or swim; then design and create your own plankton model to race against other families! 

Boots & rain gear recommended.


For information and questions, contact:

Kathryn Hawes
Hatfield Marine Science Center
2030 SE Marine Science Dr
Newport, OR 97365

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