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!
10:30 am: 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.
– Kids, create your own seal mask!
10:30-11:30 am: 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 pre-registration is required. Cost: $5 per person.
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 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.