There are many ways for homeschooling families to learn at the HSMC Visitor Center. You can explore the Vistor Center's exhibits on your own, attend one of our public programs, arrange a private class for your homeschool group, use our resources page for ideas, and/or attend our Homeschool Day events held in the Fall and Spring.
Click Here to submit an evaluation for the Fall Family Home School Day.
Come explore marine habitats and their inhabitants, conduct experiments in our wet labs and learn about scientific techniques and current research. Pre-registration is required and space is limited!
$30.00 per student - For this event students will participate in educational programs with others in their grade level. IMPORTANT: Preschool through 1st grade children must be accompanied by at least one adult.
Registration will open on Monday, January 6, 2014. Click Here to register.
Thursday, March 20, 2014 - Home School Sleepover - See information below!
Fall Activity Descriptions
Assemble a Whale
|Work together to assemble the skeleton of a 16-foot-long Cuvier’s beaked whale as we learn about the differences and similarities of toothed and baleen whales using whale teeth, baleen, and other biofacts.|
Seeing with Sound
|Toothed whales and dolphins use echolocation to find their way around and locate prey. Join us as we investigate the science of sound waves.|
Marine Mammal CSI
|In this interactive program, learn how OSU researchers use technology and forensic techniques like DNA analysis to determine who is consuming marine mammals.|
Fur, Fat and Flippers
|Swimming in the ocean can be c-c-cold! Find out how blubber, fur, and other adaptations help marine mammals stay the right temperature as we conduct our own experiments in thermoregulation.|
Waters without Otters
|Discover what happened to the ecology of the Oregon coast when the sea otters disappeared. We’ll follow the food chain as we investigate live purple sea urchins and kelp.|
Marine Crafts & Activities
Visitor Center Patterns Quest
SLEEP WITH THE SHARKS AT THE OREGON COAST AQUARIUM!
Thursday, March 20, 2014
You, along with other Home School families, will have the Aquarium to yourself as you travel through our exhibits on a scavenger hunt, participate in hands-on, age appropriate activities, and experience early morning behind-the-scenes at the Aquarium to meet one of our seals
or sea lions! After a fun-filled evening exploring life under the ocean, be lulled to sleep by the soothing sights of our Passages of the Deep tunnels. The sleepover includes a full dinner with vegetarian options, a late snack and a light continental breakfast.
SPECIAL OFFER: Receive a $5 per person discount when you mention your registration for Hatfield's Home School Day! To register call (541) 867-3474, Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. PST.For more information visit Aquarium.org.
Hatfield Marine Science Center
2030 SE Marine Science Dr
Newport, OR 97365