Education Programs

Little Flippers Program

We are excited to share that we will be offering our popular Little Flippers program this fall. Every Wednesday morning from 10 am – 11 am, we will be inviting the public to join us for marine animal storybook time and hands-on craft experience.  The program is geared for those 5 and under. Parent(s) or guardian(s) must stay with the child for the duration of the program. This program does require preregistration as space is limited. A ticket must be purchased for all children attending. Ticket prices are $10 per child. A free ticket must also be selected for all parents or guardians attending.


If you have any questions please email or call 508-743-9888.

School or Community Group Programs

Marine animals make ideal teaching tools. Dolphins, whales, seals, and sea turtles are charismatic and interesting. The ocean depths in which they live are mysterious and exciting. By using marine animals as subject material, National Marine Life Center instructors address topics from biology to physics, writing composition to art, math to technology. Marine animals also make ideal subjects for lessons on conservation and human impacts on our environment. Because children are interested in marine animals, they are inspired to learn and take positive action.

The National Marine Life Center offers a variety of educational programs about marine animals, strandings, rehabilitation, and ocean conservation. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are unable to offer in-person programming at our facility. We are pleased to offer virtual field trips for groups and classes. Programs are tailored for each audience and may include a combination of PowerPoint slides, pictures,  and activities when possible.  The cost for all virtual programs is $100 for non-members or $75 for members/non-profits. 

To schedule an education program for your school or community group, call 508-743-9888 or e-mail Due to staffing limitations, we are very limited with days and times to provide these services.

Available Education Program Topics

Sea turtles in Massachusetts?  Yes!  Students will learn about the sea turtles, seals, dolphins, porpoises, and whales off the coast of Massachusetts. Program includes natural history, identification, and conservation.
Grades: pre-K through 12th
Length: 45-60 minutes
Cost: Members – $75 + mileage; Non-members -  $100 + mileage 

How do you take care of a sick sea turtle?  Students will learn about sea turtle strandings, rehabilitation, and release.
Grades: 2nd through 12th
Length: 45-60 minutes
Cost: Members – $75 + mileage; Non-members -  $100 + mileage 

How do you take care of a sick seal?  Students will learn about seal strandings, rehabilitation, and release.
Grades: 2nd through 12th
Length: 45-60 minutes
Cost: Members – $75 + mileage; Non-members -  $100 + mileage 

~ There is no exposure to live marine mammals or sea turtles in our programs.
~ Programs may be held at your facility or ours.
~ Cost includes all materials.
~ Mileage is free for programs in Bourne, Massachusetts and otherwise calculated at $0.575/mile round trip from Buzzards Bay. There is no mileage charge for virtual programs.
~ Programs and associated activities will be tailored to your grade level.
~ Program size is limited to one class of up to 25 students. For larger groups, please call.
~ To receive Member rates, the individual or organization scheduling the program must be a current member of the National Marine Life Center at the Family (Gray Seal) level or higher.
~ If you would like a program but are unable to pay, please call to discuss options.