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Seacoast Science Center

The Seacoast Science Center is an independent non-profit, marine science education organization. Through programs, exhibits and the resuce of marine mammals, the Center educates people, from toddlers to grandparents, about why a healthy ocean matters. Annually, the Center serves 80,000 visitors, who come primarily from New England, but also from throughout in the US and around the world. Since the Center opened in 1992, the Center has been providing educational expereiences on behalf of New Hampshire State Parks.

The Center has completed two $1 million dollar NOAA-funded capital projects since 2007. The second built the Gregg Interactive Learning Studio, giving the Center the capability to offer distance learning programs. In 2010, the Center began leading the $489,000 17-partner informal science education project Families by the Seaside. This ground-breaking work is shaping new ideas about collaboration and how to reach underserved audiences.

The Center’s premier exhibit, Tofu: The Journey of a Humpback Whale, features Tofu’s skeleton and tells the story of the young humpback’s life to interpret whale ecology in the Gulf of Maine. In 2012, the exhibit was expanded to include the evolution of baleen whales. With the addition of a fin whale skeleton exhibit in 2014 the Center hosts currently the largest public display of marine mammal skeletons in northern New England. In 2010, NBC’s TODAY Show recognized the Center as one of six Lend a Hand TODAY recipients: the only environmental education institution chosen that year.

In 2014 National Marine Fisheries Service authorized the Center to operate the marine mammal rescue response for 238 miles of New Hampshire coast: the first time animals stranded in New Hampshire were rescued by a New Hampshire-based organization. The Center is a member of the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office Stranding Network; one of just 100 authorized response organizations in the United States.

The Center's website (www.seacoastsciencecenter.org) and facebook sites provide organizational background, program schedules and daily updates. Marketing Director Karen Provazza can be reached via email k.provazza@sscnh.org or phone: 603-436-8043 ext. 26.

Posted on: Wednesday, February 1, 2017

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