Summer Day Programs 2020!


The National Marine Life Center is proud to once again offer our Summer Day Programs – back bigger and better than ever before!

Learners and explorers ages 5-17 will have the “BEST SUMMER EVER” making new friends, getting outdoors to explore our coastal ecosystem, engaging in activities and games, and of course exploring the ways in which we can all help care for the ocean and the animals that live there! 

All programs will dive into the world of marine animal biology and conservation as you spend time getting to know your favorite seafaring species and enjoy exciting adventures indoors and outdoors. Choose the program that’s right for you and discover how wildlife rehabilitation experts tend turtles, study seals, and doctor dolphins! Maybe you can’t wait to learn about sharks, fish, and invertebrates. If you enjoy exploring, let’s adventure to a tidal habitat and collect critters to study throughout the week. There is something for everyone at National Marine Life Center’s Summer Day Program! 

Half-day Programs

Adaptation Adventures
Grades: K-2nd

Get your fins & flippers wet as we explore what makes marine animals special! Let’s find out how seals survive the cold and how shells help different creatures big and small. Explore adaptations through stories, crafts, games, and hands-on learning experiences! Best suited for children ages 5-7 and entering grades K-2. 

Sea turtle specimen exploration is super special!

Session 1: June 29, 2020        9:00am-11:30am Turtles  
Session 2: June 29, 2020        12:30pm-3:00pm Seals
Session 3: August 17, 2020   9:00am-11:30am Turtles   
Session 4: August 17, 2020   12:30pm-3:00pm Seals

$25/Members, $30/Non-members



One-Day Programs

Mission Save the Seas
Grades: 3rd-7th

Discover the marine animals that need our help and how we can protect our blue planet! Investigate tide-pools in the morning and study seals, turtles, whales, or sharks in the afternoon! Create something beautiful from a beach clean-up, transform into a marine animal veterinarian, and explore how scientists and kids just like you are saving the seas! Best suited for children ages 8-12 or entering grades 3-7.

You’re never too young for science!

Session 1: July 1, 2020              9:00am-3:00pm Seals 
Session 2: July 2, 2020              9:00am-3:00pm Turtles
Session 3: July 3, 2020              9:00am-3:00pm Whales    
Session 4: August 19, 2020     9:00am-3:00pm Seals
Session 5: August 20, 2020     9:00am-3:00pm Turtles
Session 6: August 21, 2020     9:00am-3:00pm Sharks   

$40/Members, $50/Non-members


Mission Animal Care
Grades: 8th-12th

Ready to explore a day in the life of a marine animal caretaker? Join our team of veterinarians for morning rounds as they discuss current patients and treatment plans. Design an enrichment device for our animals and make one of their favorites, a fishcicle! Assist our team with preparing lunch for the animals and check out our life support system! Learn and practice restraining and feeding with our plush training seal and sea turtle! Best suited for teens ages 12-17 or entering grades 8-12.

Program students love taking Daisy & Violet the Eastern Box Turtles outside! Talk about a great lesson in animal behavior!

Session 1: June 30, 2020          8:15am-3:00pm 
Session 2: August 18, 2020     8:15am-3:00pm

$60/Members, $70/Non-members




Week Long Programs

Ocean Explorers
Grades: 3rd-5th

Dive into the world of ocean exploration and discover the world beneath the waves. Spend your week investigating marine life and how all living things play a role in an ecosystem! From seals to sea turtles and whales to whelks, get up close with marine creatures in a tidal habitat, our marine animal hospital, and during lots of exciting activities, games, crafts, and more! Best suited for children ages 8-10 or entering grades 3-5.

Canal Clean-up time! Removing 5+ lbs of debris from the habitat of marine animals felt so good!

Session 1: July 13 -17, 2020          9:00am-3:00pm 
Session 2: August 3-7, 2020         9:00am-3:00pm

$199/Members, $250/Non-members


Mini-Marine Biologists
Grades: 6th-8th

We know more about the surface of the moon than we do the ocean floor! Hands-on investigations inside and outdoors will have you exploring the tide pool ecosystem, the marine food web, ocean animal natural history, and much more! Create connections to conservation, critters, and careers with games, science, and adventure! Best suited for children ages 11-13 or entering grades 6-8.

Session 1: July 20-24, 2020              9:00am-3:00pm  
Session 2: August 10-14, 2020       9:00am-3:00pm

$199/Members, $250/Non-members


Animal Care Adventure
Grades: 8th-12th

Water quality, fishcicle enrichment, and behavior observations, all in a day’s work for Animal Care Team in Training. (No students were in direct contact with any of National Marine Life Center’s marine animal patients)

An intensive week of animal appreciation and career exploration for those who wonder about wildlife! Study animal behavior, design enrichment,  discover veterinary diagnostics, understand conservation & climate change, read radiographs, and practice restraining and feeding with our plush training animals! From meeting our veterinary team to helping prepare the feeds for patients, it’s a hands-on week you won’t forget with some seriously FUN science!

Session 1: July 27-31, 2020                      9:00am-3:00pm 
                                        Note:  Tuesday 8:15am-3:00pm

$250/Members, $300/Non-members



Our Summer Programs Bring Learning to Life!


Half Day Programs

All Sessions                             $25/Members, $30/Non-members
Sign up for both the am & pm sessions and save $5 per session! Supervised lunch and rest time in between am & pm session.

One Day Programs  
Mission Save the Seas          $40/Members, $50/Non-members
Mission Animal Care           $60/Members, $70/Non-members

Week Long Programs
Ocean Explorers                  $199/Members, $250/Non-members
Mini Marine Biologists      $199/Members, $250/Non-members
Animal Care Adventure    $250/Members, $300/Non-members

A non-refundable deposit of $25 is due at registration.
This deposit is applied to your day program tuition.

All tuition is due at least 10 business days prior to the start of your program or your spot may be forfeited.

A full refund, minus the non-refundable deposit, is provided if cancellations are made by the participant at least 10 business days prior to the start of your program. Refunds for cancellations made less than 10 business days prior to the start of your program will be at the discretion of NMLC staff. A full refund will be provided if NMLC cancels your

All programs require a minimum of 5 participants in order to run. You will be notified 2 weeks prior to the starting date of your program if there is a chance of your program closing and we will work with you to switch your participant into another program.


Learn what seals and turtles eat!The Summer Day Program takes place at the National Marine Life Center, 120 Main Street, in Buzzards Bay. Please be aware that there will be limited exposure to live seals and turtles, depending on the number and condition of our animal patients.

At National Marine Life Center, we work hard to make sure our program participants are having fun and learning in a safe environment. We make it our goal from the moment participants arrive that their needs are met and they can focus on discovering! Please read below to know how we can work together to prepare program participants for success, learning, and fun!

All students may spend part of each their program outdoors and should come prepared with appropriate clothing and closed-toe shoes. Please bring a reusable water bottle with you; we have a refill station you can use to stay hydrated while being ocean-friendly in the process!

One-day and week-long program participants should come prepared with clothing layers, a change of clothes, water shoes, and sunscreen. One-day and week-long program students must bring their own lunch. Snacks and water are provided, along with a reusable NMLC water bottle. We encourage lunches free of plastic packaging! 

All Summer Day Program participants and their families will receive a reminder and confirmation email 1 week prior to their program start date. This email will include a more detailed supply list, taking weather predictions into account.

If you have any concerns about allergens, you may call National Marine Life Center to discuss our protocols and options for your child. National Marine Life Center will reach out to all families that list an allergen or potential health concern for their participant on their application to ensure you child is safe and successful in the program. We look forward to working with you and your participant.

Ready to Register? Here’s How!

1. Complete the Summer Day Program Registration & Authorization Form and submit on-line, in person, by e-mail, by regular mail, or by fax.
Click here for a PDF Registration & Authorization Form to print and mail, fax, or drop off.
Click here for an online Registration & Authorization Form to submit electronically.

2. Pay on-line, in person, or by phone.
In person: National Marine Life Center, 120 Main Street, Buzzards Bay, MA
By phone: (508) 743-9888 x302, ask for Geneva Mommsen, Education & Volunteer Coordinator
By fax: (508) 759-5477
Online: Select options below. *Please note the $25 deposit required to complete your registration. This fee is applied to your program tuition.*


Gray Seal (Family) Membership (Optional; allows access to member rates) [wp_cart:Gray Seal (Family) Membership:price:50.00:end]

Adaptation Adventures (Half Day) $25/30
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Adaptation Adventures (Full Day) $40/$50
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Mission Save the Seas (One Day) $40/50
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Mission Animal Care (One Day) $60/70
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Ocean Explorers (Week Long) $199/250
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Non Members +$225 [wp_cart:Ocean Explorers – Non-Members Remaining Payment:price:225.00:end]
Mini Marine Biologist (Week Long) $199/250
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Animal Care Adventure (Week Long)
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