Not too late for Summer Science sign-ups

While a couple of the Summer Science School courses have already filled up, a few spots remain open for those looking to keep the learning going after that last school bell.

Summer Science School, offered through the museum, offers interactive programs to teach students entering preschool through rising sophomores more about the natural and maritime history of coastal North Carolina.

All of the programs require advance registration. There is currently a wait list for both Boats and Models sessions and for Maritime Adventures. The other programs still have limited space available.

For information or to register, call 252-504-7758.

The full Summer Science School schedule includes:


Preschool Storytime and Crafts
July 10 and Aug 7: 9 a.m.–10 a.m.
Includes a story, estuarine critter observation and a related craft. Free.


June 18–19, June 27–28 and July 11–12: 9 a.m.–noon
Ten young pirates and their fearless captain will work together to learn how pirates like Blackbeard lived, dressed, ate and worked. The crew will work together to set the rules of the ship, learn battle skills with wooden weapons, and go on a pirate worthy hunt through the museum to locate hidden treasure. Fee: $65.

Seashore Life I
July 8-9 and Aug. 8-9: 9 a.m.–noon
Investigate coastal marine life of the tidal flats, salt marshes and sounds on local islands during this two-day class. Field-based classes include ferry ride, barrier island hiking and animal identification. Fee: $60.


*Boats & Models (sportfishing boat)
July 1-3 and July 24-26: 9 a.m.–noon
Build a model of a sportfishing boat at the museum’s Watercraft Center. Use museum exhibits and field trips to learn about boats used for offshore charter fishing and some of the fish targeted by fishermen aboard these uniquely designed vessels. Fee: $95.

Fish & Fishing
June 20–21 and July 18–19: 9 a.m.–noon
An introduction to coastal fish and fishing methods. Cane poles, bait, and tackle are provided for dock fishing for this two-day class.  Students also use nets to catch and identify marine life in near shore waters. Fee: $75.


Seashore Life II
June 26-28 and July 29-31: 9 a.m.–noon
Investigate estuarine habitats, plants and animals through field and lab studies. This three-day course includes a field trip to the Rachel Carson National Estuarine Research Reserve, water quality testing, using microscopes for plankton identification and many more activities. Fee: $60.


*Maritime Adventures
July 22-26: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The staff of N.C. Maritime Museum and Rachel Carson Reserve pair up for this unique camp that combines history and science to understand the local maritime environment, culture and history of the Crystal Coast. Topics covered include sea monsters, plankton, cetaceans, pirates and more. Students will participate in field trips to local sites such as Beaufort’s Old Burying Ground and hands-on experiments including small creature dissections and chocolate chip excavations. Fee: $100.

*Program is on a wait list 



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