• Sun
    2:00 pmSeacoast Science Center, Rye, NH

    World Ocean Day is a global celebration and collaboration for a healthier future for our ocean. Our health and our ocean’s health are connected. Over half of the oxygen we breathe is produced in the ocean, and the ocean is the heart of our planet, circulating heat and water and regulating our climate. Together, we can make a difference and keep our ocean healthy for future generations. Join us in honoring our ocean and do something to protect it!

    For details, visit the Seacoast Science Center's website.

    10:30 am – 3:30 pm
    Whale, Dolphin, and Seal Activity Stations Open

    • Mock Seal Rescue with the NH Marine Mammal Rescue Team
    • The Blubber Report: try on a blubber glove
    • How big is a whale? Learn about the whales that live in the Gulf of Maine and compare your size with theirs with our whale measuring activity.
    • Kid’s, create your own seal mask!

    10:30 am – 1:30 pm
    Face Painting, Games, and Meet and Greet with our mascots Belmont the Harbor Seal and Larry the Lobster
    Kids of all ages, get your face painted for just $1, which goes directly to supporting our our ocean education mission.

    11 am
    Parade of Decorated Strollers
    Deck your stroller out in a marine theme and join the parade of strollers. Walkers are welcome too! Costumes are encouraged. Please be aware that balloons are not allowed.

    11 am-12:30 pm
    Inside Ladder the Life-size Inflatable Whale
    Walk through the Blue Ocean Society’s Ladder, a 65 ft. inflatable whale! Participants learn all about how baleen whales eat and digest their food.

    11 am & 1pm
    Squid Dissection
    Learn all about the anatomy and physiology of squid during these hands-on, guided squid dissection sessions. Space is limited and registration is required. Cost: $5 per person.

    Squid Dissection Registration

    1-1:30 pm
    Wrack Line Walk
    Find out what the last tide left behind during this naturalist-led walk along the shore of Odiorne Point State Park.

    1:30-2:30 pm
    Beach Cleanup
    Join the Blue Ocean Society and do your part to help make our ocean a healthier and cleaner place! You’ll learn about the dangers marine debris pose to wildlife and humans.

    2:00-3:30 pm
    Our Ocean Our Future: 25 reasons to protect our ocean
    SSC is celebrating its 25th birthday this year. Join us to learn 25 great reasons to protect our ocean. We will upcycle plastic waste and create a group art project to help keep plastics out of our ocean.

    Snacks always make things more fun! We’ll have freshly popped popcorn and cotton candy for purchase throughout the day. Drinks and additional snacks are available at our Nature Store.

  • Fri

    GOMMEA will be presenting at the :

    The Beaches Conference

    The Beaches Conference logo

    The date is set for the Beaches Conference 2017 and the focus has expanded to include New Hampshire! Please join us and register now.

    The Beaches Conference works to provide continuing opportunities for exchange of the most current information among beach and coastal stakeholders with diverse interests, and to present the findings from Maine and New Hampshire beach monitoring programs.

  • Tue
  • Sat
    TBDWells, ME

    Join GOMMEA for a tidepooling adventure with Coast Encounters, on August 19th in Wells.  Our friend Carol Steingart is an expert at uncovering amazement among the rocks, so this event will be fun for all ages.

  • Sun
  • Fri

    Ocean Discovery Day

    Photo of international students in desert

    Touch a horseshoe crab, drive a remotely operated vehicle, and map the ocean floor at the University of New Hampshire’s Ocean Discovery Day! Ocean Discovery Day provides visitors with an opportunity to explore the wonders of the ocean through interactive exhibits and demonstrations. Visitors can make a fish print, band a lobster, taste a seaweed smoothie and see the plankton that form the base of the food chain in N.H.’s Great Bay. Watch a SCUBA diving demonstration to learn how UNH scientists conduct research below the waves, and learn more about marine snow and tern restoration at the Isles of Shoals.

    Public Open House

    Saturday, October 14, 2017
    10:00AM - 3:00PM

    Members of the general public are welcomed to join us at the Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory on the UNH Durham campus and enjoy family-friendly, hands-on demonstrations, tours and talks.


    Student Day (Grades 3 - 12)

    Friday, October 13, 2017
    8:30 AM - 2:00 PM

    Although the general public is welcomed, this day is specifically designed for educators and organizations to bring students to talk to scientists, operate an ROV in the deep water tank, learn about ocean mapping, ocean acoustics and check out the 3D visualization lab. Students will get their hands wet while exploring our ecosystems and touching live sea creatures.


  • Fri
    5-7:30pmSeacoast Science Center, 570 Ocean Boulevard, Rye NH

    Visit the Annual Meeting page for more information, including registration details.

  • Fri
    5-7:30pmMaine College of Art, Room 209, 522 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101
    Where Art and Science come together! Multimedia works of art created by Maine College of Art BFA students in courses such as “Natural History of Coastal Ecosystems” and “Ocean Currents” will be on display. Come see how the use of non-traditional tools, field trips, and hands-on labs can connect art students to science. These artists convey that which graphs and numbers alone cannot. Come learn about the ocean through student work and research, speak to some of the student artists, and feast your eyes on their creative designs!
    Directions: Enter Maine College of Art on the ground floor and go up the main staircase to the 2nd floor. Continue straight to the back of the building and the back of the cafeteria. Room 209 is accessed by a door on the right at the back of the cafeteria. Follow the signs with the GOMMEA logo.

    Cost: Free!