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.

2016 Summer Family Programs

Fridays in July, 2016
$15.00 per person/program - Registration fees are non-refundable

Sessions are 2 hours long and you can come to one, all four or any combination you want!  Pre-registration is recommended and will begin January 11, 2016.

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 2016 Family Programs

Friday, July 8, 2016


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.

Mollusk Madness:

Discover firsthand the diverse animals in the phylum Mollusca.  Families will explore the anatomy of mollusks through observations of live animals and by completing a squid dissection.

Friday, July 15, 2016


ROV Design Challenge:

See how Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) or underwater robots are used in scientific research.  Then design and build your own ROV to complete underwater missions! Rain gear recommended.

Friday, July 22, 2016


Assemble a Whale:

Participants will learn about the differences and similarities of toothed and baleen whales using real whale teeth, baleen, and other biofacts, then work together to assemble the skeleton of a 16-foot-long Cuvier’s beaked whale.  We will also learn about whale tracking methods and then build and test our own whale tags.

Friday, July 29, 2016


Estuary Exploration:

Explore the hidden life of the Yaquina Bay estuary mudflats.  Slurp for shrimp, search for crabs and discover other surprises in this unique coastal environment.  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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