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.

Sneak Peak Part 2. Early bird tickets ends tonight. Stop and smell the flowers at the 38th Annual Garden Tour hosted by ...
07/05/2019

Sneak Peak Part 2. Early bird tickets ends tonight.
Stop and smell the flowers at the 38th Annual Garden Tour hosted by the South Shore Natural Science Center is just around the corner on Saturday, July 13. The Garden Tour focuses on helping children of all ages enjoy nature through gardening and empowering the public to see their backyards as living classrooms. Visit several of the loveliest gardens on the South Shore, hidden enclaves of beauty and wonder, where inspirations hide behind every flower, shade plant, fruit tree, vegetable garden and unique water feature. Enjoy art and music in the gardens at your own pace on this self-guided tour. Click the link to register today: ssymca.org/garden-tour

#ssymca #gardentour2019 #environmentalscience #gardening #nature

Peregrine Falcons Make A Soaring Comeback In Mass.
07/03/2019
Peregrine Falcons Make A Soaring Comeback In Mass.

Peregrine Falcons Make A Soaring Comeback In Mass.

Peregrine falcons used to be extinct in the state. Thanks to conservation efforts and the birds' own ability to adapt, there are now 46 nesting pairs. The birds may even be taken off the "threatened" list.

Sneak Peak!! Stop and smell the flowers at the 38th Annual Garden Tour hosted by the South Shore Natural Science Center ...
07/03/2019

Sneak Peak!! Stop and smell the flowers at the 38th Annual Garden Tour hosted by the South Shore Natural Science Center is a just over a week away on Saturday, July 13. The Garden Tour focuses on helping children of all ages enjoy nature through gardening and empowering the public to see their backyards as living classrooms. Visit several of the loveliest gardens on the South Shore, hidden enclaves of beauty and wonder, where inspirations hide behind every flower, shade plant, fruit tree, vegetable garden and unique water feature. Enjoy art and music in the gardens at your own pace on this self-guided tour. Click the link to register today: ssymca.org/garden-tour

#ssymca #gardentour2019 #environmentalscience #gardening #nature

Our beautiful new bench made by the team at Camp Burgess & Hayward!  We love it!  Thank you!
07/02/2019

Our beautiful new bench made by the team at Camp Burgess & Hayward! We love it! Thank you!

Is your child too young or not quite ready for Nature Adventures Camp?  Learn alongside your child in this unique progra...
07/01/2019

Is your child too young or not quite ready for Nature Adventures Camp? Learn alongside your child in this unique program. Experience nature camp fun through movement, songs, crafts, nature walks and hands-on explorations. Pick the days that work best for you. Please bring a nut-free snack. Dress for the weather. Space is limited. Pre-registration Required.
Session I: July 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12
Session II: July 29, 30, 31, August 1 & 2
9:30-11:30am
Ages 2.0 – 3.5 with a caregiver

This is a great visual display at Hornstra Farms!  Milk delivery and pick-up for the win!  Thanks for helping to GREEN t...
06/27/2019

This is a great visual display at Hornstra Farms! Milk delivery and pick-up for the win! Thanks for helping to GREEN the South Shore HF! ❤️

A GREAT first day at Nature Adventures Camp!
06/24/2019

A GREAT first day at Nature Adventures Camp!

Well it looks like Julie had fun explaining to Nature Adventures Camp how animals find food. If your camper is an “Owl...
06/24/2019

Well it looks like Julie had fun explaining to Nature Adventures Camp how animals find food. If your camper is an “Owl”, ask them about this activity!

And just like that...Nature Adventures Camp is underway!
06/24/2019

And just like that...Nature Adventures Camp is underway!

Nature Adventure Camp starts tomorrow!   Just a few reminders for families. Please apply sun protection and insect repel...
06/23/2019

Nature Adventure Camp starts tomorrow! Just a few reminders for families. Please apply sun protection and insect repellent before you arrive. Also, wear closed-toe shoes and pack a refillable water bottle and a trashless, nut free snack/lunch! Let the adventures begin!! 🐜🐝🦋🐢🦎🦉🐌🐛🦗🕸🕷🐞🦀

Stop by and see us at "Hanover Day" today from 10:00-4:00!
06/22/2019

Stop by and see us at "Hanover Day" today from 10:00-4:00!

Online registration closes for Week 1 - Nature Detectives - tonight at midnight!  Join the fun!!
06/19/2019

Online registration closes for Week 1 - Nature Detectives - tonight at midnight! Join the fun!!

Catch the buzz! Discover who is buzzing🐝 about or flitting between the flowers 🦋in the meadow.  Or the critters ma...
06/17/2019

Catch the buzz! Discover who is buzzing🐝 about or flitting between the flowers 🦋in the meadow. Or the critters may be hiding under a rock! 🐜🕷 These guides and more are available at the welcome desk. 🐛🐞

Did you know that the first Father’s Day was celebrated by Spokane Washington YMCA in 1910?  Happy Father’s Day to a...
06/16/2019
Father's Day is conceived by Spokane's Sonora Smart Dodd and celebrated for the first time in Spokane on June 19, 1910. - HistoryLink.org

Did you know that the first Father’s Day was celebrated by Spokane Washington YMCA in 1910? Happy Father’s Day to all the Rad Dads our there!

On June 19, 1910, in Spokane, Washington, Father's Day is celebrated for the first time. Sonora Smart Dodd (1882-1978) becomes convinced that fathers deserve their own day of respect and recognition. She persuades the Spokane Ministerial Alliance and the local YMCA to observe this new "day." The min...

Day 2 of counselor training for Nature Adventures Camp!  Woot! Woot!
06/15/2019

Day 2 of counselor training for Nature Adventures Camp! Woot! Woot!

Thank you to our South Shore Y Executive Leadership Team for their amazing service this afternoon!  Worked on lots of gr...
06/13/2019

Thank you to our South Shore Y Executive Leadership Team for their amazing service this afternoon! Worked on lots of great projects! #Strongertogether

06/11/2019
Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife

In most instances, letting nature take its course is the best option.

NOTICE: If you find a fawn alone, chances are it's NOT abandoned. Does visit their young only a few times a day to avoid attracting predators. A fawn's best chance for survival is in the wild. Learn more: go.usa.gov/xmu3a

"International Mud Day"  is coming up on June 29 but at Nature Adventures Camp...every day is mud day!  Got Camp?
06/08/2019

"International Mud Day" is coming up on June 29 but at Nature Adventures Camp...every day is mud day! Got Camp?

Did you know that International Mud Day is Saturday, June 29, 2019? Here’s a few ideas from our Nature Center Preschoo...
06/06/2019

Did you know that International Mud Day is Saturday, June 29, 2019? Here’s a few ideas from our Nature Center Preschoolers to get you started!

SSNSC representing at the 2019 Northeast Emerging Multicultural Leadership Experience.  #Powerfultogether
06/01/2019

SSNSC representing at the 2019 Northeast Emerging Multicultural Leadership Experience. #Powerfultogether

Jenny D's Bees
06/01/2019

Jenny D's Bees

First swarm capture this season!! Never spray and kill honeybees. I will remove them for free. No swarm too high. 508-830-3314 This was from #plympton #massachusetts #savethebees 🐝 #honeybees #swarm #jennydsbees check out my FB page for more swarm photos and the live videos!

Nature Center Preschoolers spending time at Jacobs Pond this week along with our intergenerational nature explorers!
05/29/2019

Nature Center Preschoolers spending time at Jacobs Pond this week along with our intergenerational nature explorers!

Beautiful sky and rainbow leaving the Science Center tonight!
05/21/2019

Beautiful sky and rainbow leaving the Science Center tonight!

Nature Center Preschool co-organized an amazing nature-based retreat for professional development along with the Mass. A...
05/19/2019

Nature Center Preschool co-organized an amazing nature-based retreat for professional development along with the Mass. Audubon Boston Nature Center. Several NCP staff attended and also held a workshop. So proud of our professional educators!

We are so inspired by you! Thank you Boston Nature Center and South Shore Natural Science Center for planning an awesome Outdoor Teacher Retreat with ERAFANS! Growing this movement feels amazing.

Join us for some fun pond habitat exploration at "Scouting Sunday" tomorrow from 2-4pm!!
05/19/2019

Join us for some fun pond habitat exploration at "Scouting Sunday" tomorrow from 2-4pm!!

We firmly believe everyone should get a daily dose of nature!
05/16/2019
Outdoors for All

We firmly believe everyone should get a daily dose of nature!

A nascent global movement proclaims that access to nature is a human right

Nature Center Preschoolers getting up close and personal with bees this week. Learning to love our pollinators! Thank yo...
05/15/2019

Nature Center Preschoolers getting up close and personal with bees this week. Learning to love our pollinators! Thank you Dottie!

Dutch sale begins today on the Native & Wildflower Plants
05/15/2019

Dutch sale begins today on the Native & Wildflower Plants

It's #membergivingday across the South Shore Y!  Give today so that all South Shore residents have access to our impactf...
05/15/2019

It's #membergivingday across the South Shore Y! Give today so that all South Shore residents have access to our impactful programs including Water Safety, Medical Wellness, Camp, Early Learning, Inclusion Programs, Social Services and Farm & Environmental Education.

Native plants still available at SSNSC!
05/14/2019

Native plants still available at SSNSC!

South Shore YMCA Quincy
05/12/2019

South Shore YMCA Quincy

Happy Mother's Day from the South Shore Y!

#ssyma #mothersday

Just a reminder to pull this weed and put it in the trash (NOT your compost!)
05/12/2019

Just a reminder to pull this weed and put it in the trash (NOT your compost!)

It's baaaacckkk!! That springtime thug, GARLIC MUSTARD! If you see any of this plant around, please pull it out and throw it in the trash! This is garlic mustard and it's an invasive non-native plant that is taking over woodlands all over the South Shore. If allowed to stay in place, those flowers will turn into seed pods that will burst open and spread thousands of seeds. Don't compost it at home or at your transfer station - the plant can set seeds even after it's been pulled and composting will most likely not kill the seeds so please, just throw it in the trash! We can't let this plant take over because the plant exudes a chemical from its roots that changes the surrounding soil making it an inhospitable place for other plants to grow! Spread the word please! And if you can, please join Wild Cohasset at WeedFest this Saturday May 11 from 10 am to 2 pm. More info here: https://www.wildcohasset.org/

Free Admission for moms today! Native & Wildflower Plant Sale continues from 11am-4pm.
05/12/2019

Free Admission for moms today! Native & Wildflower Plant Sale continues from 11am-4pm.

Native plants today!!  Rain or shine - They don’t mind!
05/11/2019

Native plants today!! Rain or shine - They don’t mind!

05/09/2019
Choose to Reuse, Plastic Bags in Norwell

Congratulations to this group of young people who worked hard to promote the ban on plastic bags in Norwell. Two of them are Nature Center Preschool alumni!

Find out how plastics are harming the environment and ways to vote against plastic bags in Norwell, MA.

The sun is shining and it's a beautiful day to join us for this morning's "Parents and Tots" nature walk from 9:30-10:30...
05/08/2019

The sun is shining and it's a beautiful day to join us for this morning's "Parents and Tots" nature walk from 9:30-10:30!!

A small but mighty crew showed up this rainy Saturday morning to help clean-up SSNSC’s garden and grounds. Many thanks...
05/04/2019

A small but mighty crew showed up this rainy Saturday morning to help clean-up SSNSC’s garden and grounds. Many thanks!

Mr. Bill will be at SSNSCs Spring Clean-up this Saturday from 8:30-11:30am.  Will you?
05/03/2019

Mr. Bill will be at SSNSCs Spring Clean-up this Saturday from 8:30-11:30am. Will you?

Thank you to all the families that came to the 12th annual Nature Center Preschool art show. A fabulous evening celebrat...
05/03/2019

Thank you to all the families that came to the 12th annual Nature Center Preschool art show. A fabulous evening celebrating children’s art!

Nature Center Preschool learning about fire safety thanks to the Norwell Fire Department!
04/30/2019

Nature Center Preschool learning about fire safety thanks to the Norwell Fire Department!

The frogs have gone a courtin’
04/29/2019
The frogs have gone a courtin’

The frogs have gone a courtin’

Vernal pools are the center of mating activity for both frogs and salamanders before the amphibians disperse back into the surrounding forest.

Nature Center Preschool Calle’s Run team!
04/27/2019

Nature Center Preschool Calle’s Run team!

A fun mystery...
04/26/2019

A fun mystery...

The Norwell Historical Society needs your help! This interesting item was found yesterday as part of our comprehensive archives evaluation and reorganization. It was found in a plastic sandwich bag in a box named "Assorted Documents". No other identification. They are about 2 inches long and metal. They were carefully saved and we can use your help identifying them!

It's a beautiful day to join us for our "Parents and Tots" Nature Walk this morning at 9:30!
04/24/2019

It's a beautiful day to join us for our "Parents and Tots" Nature Walk this morning at 9:30!

If you missed the Southwick’s Zoo EARTH Limited program, here are a few great pictures!
04/24/2019

If you missed the Southwick’s Zoo EARTH Limited program, here are a few great pictures!

Thank you to our fantastic audiences at the South Shore Natural Science Center!

Interested in booking a ZooMobile presentation for your school, library, or other facility? Visit our website to learn more about our mobile outreach program: https://www.earthltd.org/programs/zoomobiles/.

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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