South Shore Natural Science Center

South Shore Natural Science Center Address: 48 Jacobs Lane, Norwell, MA 02061 For more information please visit www.southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org or call 781.659.2559
The South Shore Natural Science Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about the natural and cultural environments of the South Shore. The Science Center is located on 30 acres surrounded by 200 acres of town conservation/recreation land consisting of meadows, woodland, and a pond. We welcome visitors year round. In 2011, SSNSC merged with the South Shore YMCA.
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It is with much sadness we announce the passing of Tony Fonseca of All Hands Drumming.  He was a favorite with families ...
01/03/2020

It is with much sadness we announce the passing of Tony Fonseca of All Hands Drumming. He was a favorite with families at Corn Festival each year! His passion instilled a love of music and drumming in many while spreading his message of kindness, peace, and love. (Read about his remarkable life in the comments section)

Happy New Year!
01/01/2020

Happy New Year!

Register this week for Vacation week programs at Nature Center Preschool!
12/16/2019

Register this week for Vacation week programs at Nature Center Preschool!

“Busy Builders” Nature Center Preschool Vacation week program, Dec 23, 24, 26, 27, 30, 31
Join us in our exploration of animal homes! How do animals build their homes? Why do some animals make nests while others build dens? Teachers and children will work together to answer these questions and discover more about animal homes. Contact Michelle Marquis, Senior Lead Teacher at [email protected]

“Busy Builders” Nature Center Preschool Vacation week program, Dec 23, 24, 26, 27, 30, 31Join us in our exploration of a...
12/12/2019

“Busy Builders” Nature Center Preschool Vacation week program, Dec 23, 24, 26, 27, 30, 31
Join us in our exploration of animal homes! How do animals build their homes? Why do some animals make nests while others build dens? Teachers and children will work together to answer these questions and discover more about animal homes. Contact Michelle Marquis, Senior Lead Teacher at [email protected]

This week we’ve been saying farewell to Louise Beaudry - SSNSC’s Director of Environmental Education & Camping.  Over he...
12/12/2019

This week we’ve been saying farewell to Louise Beaudry - SSNSC’s Director of Environmental Education & Camping. Over her 18+ years at the Science Center, she has educated and inspired THOUSANDS of children and families on the South Shore. We are grateful for her passion and dedication to environmental education and for sharing the mission of SSNSC with so many. Louise - we wish you the very best...may you continue to work your “magic” of educating, exciting, and inspiring students for years to come. #cameoappearanceatcornfestival2020

Today was a beautiful day to tromp thru the woods!  🌞❄ Where did you go outside today?
12/11/2019

Today was a beautiful day to tromp thru the woods! 🌞❄ Where did you go outside today?

Jump for the Y!  On #givingtuesday make a donation to Nature Center Preschool at the South Shore Natural Science Center!...
12/03/2019

Jump for the Y! On #givingtuesday make a donation to Nature Center Preschool at the South Shore Natural Science Center! We are halfway to our goal of raising $5,000 to help children and families with the most need in our community. https://give.ssymca.org/jump_naturecenterpreschool
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12/03/2019

Due to the current snow conditions, Nature Center Preschool AM classes have been cancelled. PM classes will open as scheduled.

Happy Thanksgiving!  Here are a few turkey facts that you can pull out at the table!
11/28/2019

Happy Thanksgiving! Here are a few turkey facts that you can pull out at the table!

Had a great afternoon chilling with a Eurasian Eagle Owl and Mark & Marcia Wilson at the opening reception.  We are here...
11/23/2019

Had a great afternoon chilling with a Eurasian Eagle Owl and Mark & Marcia Wilson at the opening reception. We are here until 5pm today and the photographs are on display through January 5!

Nature Center Preschool and the care of small creatures—kindergarten readiness skills: self regulation, observation, dia...
11/23/2019

Nature Center Preschool and the care of small creatures—kindergarten readiness skills: self regulation, observation, dialogue about observations, inquiry skills and sharing knowledge with peers in a community of learners! #authenticlearning

Wes Osborne was a friend to all and so passionate about Norwell’s trees!  Thank you for sharing your wisdom and your lov...
11/17/2019
Obituary for Wesley Holmes Osborne, Jr. | McNamara-Sparrell Funeral Home

Wes Osborne was a friend to all and so passionate about Norwell’s trees! Thank you for sharing your wisdom and your love of nature.

Obituary for Wesley Holmes Osborne, Jr. | Wesley Holmes Osborne, Jr., age 96, of Norwell, passed away peacefully on November 15, 2019 at home surrounded by loving family. Loving husband of Barbara F. (Burney) and loving father of Gary H. Osborne and wife Joan of Norwell and Gail Bergin and husband D...

Nature Center Preschool children are Jumping for the Y this week to have fun and raise funds to ensure that everyone can...
11/14/2019

Nature Center Preschool children are Jumping for the Y this week to have fun and raise funds to ensure that everyone can belong to the Y! You can give to our cause through this fundraising webpage: https://give.ssymca.org/jump_naturecenterpreschool
Thank you!!

So excited to see these 'Owl Quest' photos and have Mark Wilson here for the Opening Reception on Saturday, Nov 23 from ...
11/14/2019
South Shore Natural Science Center to present 'Owl Quest'

So excited to see these 'Owl Quest' photos and have Mark Wilson here for the Opening Reception on Saturday, Nov 23 from 3-5pm!

The South Shore Natural Science Center, 48 Jacobs Lane, Norwell, announced the exhibit “Owl Quest” by Massachusetts photographer Mark Wilson.

Come and join us for Cranberry Day! Until 3pm
11/11/2019

Come and join us for Cranberry Day! Until 3pm

Nature Center Preschool Mice class explorations: salamanders, slugs and fall poetry
11/06/2019

Nature Center Preschool Mice class explorations: salamanders, slugs and fall poetry

Nature Center Preschool’s Tree Frog class making their pledge to be kind to our Earth! #greenteam
10/25/2019

Nature Center Preschool’s Tree Frog class making their pledge to be kind to our Earth! #greenteam

10/17/2019

Due to a power outage, SSNSC will be closed today, Thursday, October 17.

Now that the rain is finally stopping, join us for "Compost Discovery Day" today from 1:00-4:00.  Free with admission!
10/12/2019

Now that the rain is finally stopping, join us for "Compost Discovery Day" today from 1:00-4:00. Free with admission!

The beauty of nature’s art! ❤️ 🕷❤️ 🕷
10/11/2019

The beauty of nature’s art! ❤️ 🕷❤️ 🕷

"Seed Saving for Beginners" program for adults is this Saturday, October 5th 9:30-11:30.  Pre-registration required.
09/30/2019

"Seed Saving for Beginners" program for adults is this Saturday, October 5th 9:30-11:30. Pre-registration required.

Scouting Sunday program today focusing on "Backyard Botany".  2:00-4:00, $12 per scout and siblings.
09/29/2019

Scouting Sunday program today focusing on "Backyard Botany". 2:00-4:00, $12 per scout and siblings.

The amazing art of insects! 🐜
09/26/2019

The amazing art of insects! 🐜

The sunny days of early fall are perfect for exploring!  Purchase a Quest Book and check out the 15 adventures waiting t...
09/26/2019

The sunny days of early fall are perfect for exploring! Purchase a Quest Book and check out the 15 adventures waiting to be had on the South Shore!

Join us for our first "Homeschool Explorations" program for families this Tuesday morning from 10:00-11:30 for "Farming ...
09/24/2019

Join us for our first "Homeschool Explorations" program for families this Tuesday morning from 10:00-11:30 for "Farming & the Fall Harvest" (Meet at SSYMCA’s Family Farm – 1075 Washington Street in Hanover). Pre-registration recommended.

Calling all Homeschool students ages 6-11! Come join us for our "Homeschool Trailblazers" program tomorrow from 9:30-12:...
09/22/2019

Calling all Homeschool students ages 6-11! Come join us for our "Homeschool Trailblazers" program tomorrow from 9:30-12:30!

Join us tomorrow, September 22nd for "Sunday Fun Day" at Jacobs Pond hosted by the Norwell Conservation Commission, so m...
09/21/2019

Join us tomorrow, September 22nd for "Sunday Fun Day" at Jacobs Pond hosted by the Norwell Conservation Commission, so many great activities for the whole family!!

Fun on the FarmSaturday, September 211075 Washington Street, Hanover1:00 - 4:00pm, Drop-inAll AgesCome find out what's g...
09/20/2019

Fun on the Farm
Saturday, September 21
1075 Washington Street, Hanover
1:00 - 4:00pm, Drop-in
All Ages

Come find out what's going on at the South Shore YMCA Family Farm in Hanover. Explore through hands-on activities, take a farm tour, and even try a taste of what's growing. Learn more about how the farm benefits the community and how you can get involved.

What an a-MAIZE-ing Corn Festival Weekend!  We thank all our volunteers, exhibitors & entertainers, 4-H and animal frien...
09/16/2019

What an a-MAIZE-ing Corn Festival Weekend! We thank all our volunteers, exhibitors & entertainers, 4-H and animal friends, staff and YOU - our festival goers! A special thank you to our sponsors for helping to underwrite the cost of running this great event! Many thanks!

Weeeee’rrrrreeeee baaack!  Woohoo!  Yippeee!  Yeeehaawwww!
09/14/2019

Weeeee’rrrrreeeee baaack! Woohoo! Yippeee! Yeeehaawwww!

It doesn’t get much fresher than this! #hansonfarm #cornfestival #ssnsc
09/13/2019

It doesn’t get much fresher than this! #hansonfarm #cornfestival #ssnsc

Lots of work (and fun) happening at the Science Center today as we get ready for this weekend's 43rd annual Corn Festiva...
09/13/2019

Lots of work (and fun) happening at the Science Center today as we get ready for this weekend's 43rd annual Corn Festival!!

It’s Hunger Awareness Month!  We will be collecting non-perishables at the Corn Festival this weekend. Please consider b...
09/13/2019

It’s Hunger Awareness Month! We will be collecting non-perishables at the Corn Festival this weekend. Please consider bringing a few items to donate!

Mighty Mr. Ben says these 150 bales will turn into Corn Festival Fun!
09/12/2019

Mighty Mr. Ben says these 150 bales will turn into Corn Festival Fun!

Fall friends accompanying us on our shopping trip for Kernels Kitchen.  The Corn Festival count down is on. See ya this ...
09/12/2019

Fall friends accompanying us on our shopping trip for Kernels Kitchen. The Corn Festival count down is on. See ya this weekend!

Even the Children’s Garden is getting ready for the Corn Festival!  We look forward to seeing everyone this weekend!
09/11/2019

Even the Children’s Garden is getting ready for the Corn Festival! We look forward to seeing everyone this weekend!

8 days and counting to the 43rd Annual Corn Festival. We wonder what our friends Jonathan Perry and Leah Hopkins from th...
09/06/2019

8 days and counting to the 43rd Annual Corn Festival. We wonder what our friends Jonathan Perry and Leah Hopkins from the Aquinnah and Niantic Tribes will be cooking up this year?!? They will demonstrate traditional Native American cooking over an open fire.

9 DAYS until the Corn Festival!  Come play in the coolest sensory bin ever - the corn pit!  Thanks to Protectowire Fires...
09/06/2019

9 DAYS until the Corn Festival! Come play in the coolest sensory bin ever - the corn pit! Thanks to Protectowire Firesystems - it will be back again this year!!

10 DAYS until the 43rd Annual Corn Festival! We thank all the 4-H and Animal Rescue Groups for volunteering and sharing ...
09/04/2019

10 DAYS until the 43rd Annual Corn Festival! We thank all the 4-H and Animal Rescue Groups for volunteering and sharing their love of animals with the community! 😘

What in the world is this? As a Nature Center Preschool teacher, you would learn cool facts like this while you discover...
08/29/2019

What in the world is this? As a Nature Center Preschool teacher, you would learn cool facts like this while you discover new things with the children! Email [email protected] to inquire about our afternoon position!
Answer: Chocolate tube slime (a type of mold)

South Shore Natural Science Center
08/28/2019

South Shore Natural Science Center

Nature Center Preschool is looking for an afternoon teacher! Email [email protected] to learn more about this unique opportunity!
Top five reasons to be a nature based early educator:
1. Create critical thinkers who will actively observe and engage with the world around them.
2. Instill excitement for learning
3. Build a community of collaborative learners who work together to make discoveries
4. Foster kindness, compassion and empathy for other living things
5. Engage families as an integral part of their child's early education

08/21/2019

Still room in our 3:00 "Eyes on Owls" show, call 781-659-2559 to reserve your tickets in advance!

Address

48 Jacobs Ln
Norwell, MA
02061

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 11:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(781) 659-2559

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