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Homeschool Programs

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 Spring 2014 Home School Day.


Students collecting shrimp on Yaquina Bay estuary.OCEAN MEDLEY


10:00am - 4:00pm at HMSC

Come explore the diversity of the ocean through hands-on experiences with live animals.  Discover the different habitats these marine animals inhabit and all the unique features that set them apart and help them to survive. Pre-registration is required and space is limited!

$25.00 per person - For this event families will participate in educational programs together (each group of children must be accompanied by at least one adult).

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  • Aliens Among Us!
  • Water Webs
  • Crab Lab



  • Animal Adaptations
  • Aliens Among Us!
  • Water Webs


  • In Plain Sight
  • Plankton Lab
  • Aliens Among Us!


  • Plankton Lab
  • Animal Adaptations
  • In Plain Sight

Activity Descriptions

Aliens Among Us!


Learn about how invasive species (aliens) arrive on our coasts and what you can do to prevent their dispersal. Become an alien to see if you can survive in your new home! Dive into current research on these unwelcome guests and how they impact our local habitats.

Water Webs


Explore the complexity of who eats whom in the ocean. Identify local marine animals and make your own food web, then observe the feeding habits of your hungry animals!

Crab Lab

Examine a diverse group of live crabs, shrimp and other crustaceans. Families will explore classification, anatomy and the unique adaptations of this diverse group of animals.

Animal Adaptations

Observe a variety of marine organisms and compare/contrast adaptations to their marine habitats. Families will examine clams, mussels, barnacles, urchins, and more, while observing what makes them unique.

Plankton Lab

Identify as many types of plankton as you can using microscopes. Families will learn about the importance of plankton to the survival of all marine organisms and then design and build your own plankton!

In Plain Sight

Can you see me? Learn about the many techniques animals use to camouflage into their environments. Observe how hard it is to find certain animals and how fast they can change color to match their surroundings!


Open Sea Tunnel at the Oregon Coast Aqaurium 


Thursday, November 6, 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.


Spring Homeschool Day - Ocean Private Eye!

Friday, March 20, 2015, 10:00am to 4:00pm at HMSC

Come explore the ocean and its inhabitants in an entirely new way! Look, draw, write, experiment and more all guided by the 5 times magnified view of a jeweler’s loupe. See a shell as never before, watch a barnacle feed and make form and function connections with what you know about your own environment. Students will be divided by grade level, $30.00 each. Pre-registration is required and will begin Monday, January 12, 2015 and space is limited!


Parent feedback about Homeschool Day: "As always the teachers are stellar, the experiments are fresh and new, and the curriculum appeals to all our family in different ways... Thank you for a high quality experience.  We will be back again for sure!"

"The teachers were knowledgeable, organized, focused and made the learning fun.  It was an excellent day!  I would definitely recommend this to other home school families!"



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

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