EcoZone Exploration

Please register each child attending. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The EcoZone museum at the South Shore Y Natural Scienc...More

Please register each child attending. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The EcoZone museum at the South Shore Y Natural Science Center features interactive exhibits focused on southeastern Massachusetts’s wetlands, woodlands, and meadow ecosystems. Kids will love to see the live turtles, fish, and carnivorous plants. A tunnel underneath the turtle pond exhibit allows kids to crawl through and peer up at turtles from below. Museum visits are self-guided, with an Environmental Educator available to answer questions. A group story time is offered at 10:30am. Please email skugel@ssymca.org with questions.

Address: South Shore Y Natural Science Center, 48 Jacobs Lane, Norwell, MA 02061

Note: The South Shore Natural Science Center is located on 30 acres of land, featuring six interpretive nature trails. During the week, our trails and land is dedicated to our Nature Center Preschool or Summer Camp programs and is not open to the public. 

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EcoZone Exploration at South Shore Natural Science Center

South Shore Natural Science Center

5/30/2024 to 5/30/2024

Thu

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Ages 0 to 6

Registration 3/21/2024 to 5/30/2024


Vet Camp

Join us at Nature Adventures Camp to learn basic animal care skills and explore the world of veterinary science. Campers will interact with...More

Join us at Nature Adventures Camp to learn basic animal care skills and explore the world of veterinary science. Campers will interact with animals who call the science center home to learn about anatomy, gain important observational skills, and learn how to use various scientific tools! Vet camp will take trips to Jacobs Pond, explore the Science Center campus, and feed the animals who live in the ecozone.

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Vet Camp (Gr 1-2) - Week 7

South Shore Natural Science Center

7/29/2024 to 8/2/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 6 to 7

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
JR. Vet Camp (Grade K) - Week 5

South Shore Natural Science Center

7/15/2024 to 7/19/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 4 to 5

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Vet Camp (Gr 1-2) - Week 3

South Shore Natural Science Center

7/1/2024 to 7/5/2024

Mon Tue Wed Fri

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 6 to 7

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
JR. Vet Camp (Grade K) - Week 8

South Shore Natural Science Center

8/5/2024 to 8/9/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 4 to 5

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Tadpoles

Age 3 (Must be toilet trained) The youngest campers discover the wonders of the natural world through age appropriate hands-on activities, including n...More
Age 3 (Must be toilet trained) The youngest campers discover the wonders of the natural world through age appropriate hands-on activities, including nature walks, stories, crafts, music, and meeting live animals. These young campers use their senses to participate in activities which encourage sharing, learning together, and being a friend to nature. On rainy days, they are based in one of the preschool rooms but will go outside for rainy walks!Less
Tadpoles - Week 1

South Shore Natural Science Center

6/17/2024 to 6/21/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Ages 3 to 3

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Tadpoles - Week 2

South Shore Natural Science Center

6/24/2024 to 6/28/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Ages 3 to 3

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Tadpoles - Week 3

South Shore Natural Science Center

7/1/2024 to 7/5/2024

Mon Wed Thu Fri

8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Ages 3 to 3

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Tadpoles - Week 4

South Shore Natural Science Center

7/8/2024 to 7/12/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Ages 3 to 3

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Tadpoles - Week 5

South Shore Natural Science Center

7/15/2024 to 7/19/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Ages 3 to 3

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Tadpoles - Week 6

South Shore Natural Science Center

7/22/2024 to 7/26/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Ages 3 to 3

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Tadpoles - Week 7

South Shore Natural Science Center

7/29/2024 to 8/2/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Ages 3 to 3

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Tadpoles - Week 8

South Shore Natural Science Center

8/5/2024 to 8/9/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Ages 3 to 3

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Tadpoles - Week 9

South Shore Natural Science Center

8/12/2024 to 8/16/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Ages 3 to 3

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Tadpoles - Week 10

South Shore Natural Science Center

8/19/2024 to 8/23/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Ages 3 to 3

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Chipmunks

Ages 4-5 (Must be toilet trained) The youngest campers discover the wonders of the natural world through age appropriate hands-on activities, includin...More
Ages 4-5 (Must be toilet trained) The youngest campers discover the wonders of the natural world through age appropriate hands-on activities, including nature walks, stories, crafts, music, and meeting live animals. These young campers use their senses to participate in activities which encourage sharing, learning together, and being a friend to nature. On rainy days, they are based in one of the preschool rooms but will go outside for rainy walks!Less
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Chipmunks - Week 1

South Shore Natural Science Center

6/17/2024 to 6/21/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Ages 4 to 5

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Chipmunks - Week 2

South Shore Natural Science Center

6/24/2024 to 6/28/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Ages 4 to 5

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Chipmunks - Week 3

South Shore Natural Science Center

7/1/2024 to 7/5/2024

Mon Wed Thu Fri

8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Ages 4 to 5

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Chipmunks - Week 4

South Shore Natural Science Center

7/8/2024 to 7/12/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Ages 4 to 5

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Chipmunks - Week 5

South Shore Natural Science Center

7/15/2024 to 7/19/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Ages 4 to 5

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Chipmunks - Week 6

South Shore Natural Science Center

7/22/2024 to 7/26/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Ages 4 to 5

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Chipmunks - Week 7

South Shore Natural Science Center

7/29/2024 to 8/2/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Ages 4 to 5

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Chipmunks - Week 8

South Shore Natural Science Center

8/5/2024 to 8/9/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Ages 4 to 5

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Chipmunks - Week 9

South Shore Natural Science Center

8/12/2024 to 8/16/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Ages 4 to 5

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Chipmunks - Week 10

South Shore Natural Science Center

8/19/2024 to 8/23/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Ages 4 to 5

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Raccoons

Campers entering Kindergarten learn about the world around them through up close animal encounters, exploring the fields, woods and pond and participa...More
Campers entering Kindergarten learn about the world around them through up close animal encounters, exploring the fields, woods and pond and participating in age appropriate hands-on activities, crafts and games, Through nature and science discoveries, Raccoons build upon their self-confidence and develop camp friendships. This group meets at picnic tables in Astro Field. This location offers plenty of space to run around and a central location to head out from for the day's explorations.Less
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Raccoons - Week 1

South Shore Natural Science Center

6/17/2024 to 6/21/2024

Mon to Fri

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 5 to 5

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Raccoons - Week 2

South Shore Natural Science Center

6/24/2024 to 6/28/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 5 to 5

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Raccoons - Week 3

South Shore Natural Science Center

7/1/2024 to 7/5/2024

Mon Wed Thu Fri

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 5 to 5

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Raccoons - Week 4

South Shore Natural Science Center

7/8/2024 to 7/12/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 5 to 5

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Raccoons - Week 5

South Shore Natural Science Center

7/15/2024 to 7/19/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 5 to 5

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Raccoons - Week 6

South Shore Natural Science Center

7/22/2024 to 7/26/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 5 to 5

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Raccoons - Week 7

South Shore Natural Science Center

7/29/2024 to 8/2/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 5 to 5

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Raccoons - Week 8

South Shore Natural Science Center

8/5/2024 to 8/9/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 5 to 5

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Raccoons - Week 9

South Shore Natural Science Center

8/12/2024 to 8/16/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 5 to 5

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Raccoons - Week 10

South Shore Natural Science Center

8/19/2024 to 8/23/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 5 to 5

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Owls

Entering 1st Grade Campers learn about the world around them through up close animal encounters, exploring the fields, woods & pond. Participate i...More
Entering 1st Grade Campers learn about the world around them through up close animal encounters, exploring the fields, woods & pond. Participate in age appropriate hands-on activities, crafts and games. Through nature and science discoveries, Owls build upon their self-confidence and develop camp friendships. This group meets at picnic tables in Astro Field. The location offers plenty of space to run around and a central location to head out from for the day of explorations.Less
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Owls - Week 1

South Shore Natural Science Center

6/17/2024 to 6/21/2024

Mon to Fri

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 6 to 6

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Owls - Week 2

South Shore Natural Science Center

6/24/2024 to 6/28/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 6 to 6

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Owls - Week 3

South Shore Natural Science Center

7/1/2024 to 7/5/2024

Mon Wed Thu Fri

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 6 to 6

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Owls - Week 4

South Shore Natural Science Center

7/8/2024 to 7/12/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 6 to 6

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Owls - Week 5

South Shore Natural Science Center

7/15/2024 to 7/19/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 6 to 6

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Owls - Week 6

South Shore Natural Science Center

7/22/2024 to 7/26/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 6 to 6

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Owls - Week 7

South Shore Natural Science Center

7/29/2024 to 8/2/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 6 to 6

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Owls - Week 8

South Shore Natural Science Center

8/5/2024 to 8/9/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 6 to 6

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Owls - Week 9

South Shore Natural Science Center

8/12/2024 to 8/16/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 6 to 6

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Owls - Week 10

South Shore Natural Science Center

8/19/2024 to 8/23/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 6 to 6

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Otters

Entering Grades 2-3 (must be age 7 by the start of camp week) Otters investigate nature and science based themes through hands-on, age-appropriate cur...More
Entering Grades 2-3 (must be age 7 by the start of camp week) Otters investigate nature and science based themes through hands-on, age-appropriate curriculum which include live animal encounters, nature hikes, learning to canoe on Jacobs Pond as well as participating in citizen science projects. Theme-specific topics are enhanced and supported through field trips and special guest appearances. Otters and Coyotes work together toward a common goal and build confidence for all members.Less
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Otters - Week 1

South Shore Natural Science Center

6/17/2024 to 6/21/2024

Mon to Fri

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 7 to 8

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Otters - Week 2

South Shore Natural Science Center

6/24/2024 to 6/28/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 7 to 8

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Otters - Week 3

South Shore Natural Science Center

7/1/2024 to 7/5/2024

Mon Tue Wed Fri

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 7 to 8

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Otters - Week 4

South Shore Natural Science Center

7/8/2024 to 7/12/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 7 to 8

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Otters - Week 5

South Shore Natural Science Center

7/15/2024 to 7/19/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 7 to 8

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Otters - Week 6

South Shore Natural Science Center

7/22/2024 to 7/26/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 7 to 8

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Otters - Week 7

South Shore Natural Science Center

7/29/2024 to 8/2/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 7 to 8

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Otters - Week 8

South Shore Natural Science Center

8/5/2024 to 8/9/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 7 to 8

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Otters - Week 9

South Shore Natural Science Center

8/12/2024 to 8/16/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 7 to 8

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Otters - Week 10

South Shore Natural Science Center

8/19/2024 to 8/23/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 7 to 8

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Coyotes

Entering Grades 4-6. Coyotes investigate nature and science based themes through hands-on, age-appropriate curriculum which include live animal encoun...More
Entering Grades 4-6. Coyotes investigate nature and science based themes through hands-on, age-appropriate curriculum which include live animal encounters, nature hikes, learning to canoe on Jacobs Pond as well as participating in citizen science projects. Theme-specific topics are enhanced and supported through field trips and special guest appearances. Coyotes delve deeper into topics through the use of age-appropriate scientific tools and technology.Less
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Coyotes - Week 1

South Shore Natural Science Center

6/17/2024 to 6/21/2024

Mon to Fri

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 9 to 11

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Coyotes - Week 2

South Shore Natural Science Center

6/24/2024 to 6/28/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 9 to 11

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Coyotes - Week 3

South Shore Natural Science Center

7/1/2024 to 7/5/2024

Mon Tue Wed Fri

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 9 to 11

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Coyotes - Week 4

South Shore Natural Science Center

7/8/2024 to 7/12/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 9 to 11

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Coyotes - Week 5

South Shore Natural Science Center

7/15/2024 to 7/19/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 9 to 11

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Coyotes - Week 6

South Shore Natural Science Center

7/22/2024 to 7/26/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 9 to 11

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Coyotes - Week 7

South Shore Natural Science Center

7/29/2024 to 8/2/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 9 to 11

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Coyotes - Week 8

South Shore Natural Science Center

8/5/2024 to 8/9/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 9 to 11

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Coyotes- Week 9

South Shore Natural Science Center

8/12/2024 to 8/16/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 9 to 11

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Wait List
Coyotes Week 10

South Shore Natural Science Center

8/19/2024 to 8/23/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 9 to 11

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Leader-In-Training

An excellent opportunity for youth ages 12 to 15 to develop leadership skills while becoming role models for young campers in a fun and engaging atmos...More
An excellent opportunity for youth ages 12 to 15 to develop leadership skills while becoming role models for young campers in a fun and engaging atmosphere. They will be supervised, coached, and evaluated by the Leadership-in-Training Coordinator. LITs will build their confidence, independence, and self-esteem through problem solving, taking initiative, and being solutionaries. LITs will use these newly acquired skills to develop and lead camp activities alongside experienced counselors. Please note- July 4 is an observed holiday and we will not hold camp on that day!Less
Leaders In Training - Weeks 2 & 3

South Shore Natural Science Center

6/24/2024 to 7/5/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 12 to 15

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Leaders In Training - Weeks 4 & 5

South Shore Natural Science Center

7/8/2024 to 7/19/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 12 to 15

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Leaders in Training - Weeks 6 & 7

South Shore Natural Science Center

7/22/2024 to 8/2/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 12 to 15

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Leaders in Training - Weeks 8 & 9

South Shore Natural Science Center

8/5/2024 to 8/16/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 12 to 15

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Marine Biology

Join us at Nature Adventures Camp to learn basic animal care skills and explore the world of veterinary science. Campers will interact with animals...More

Join us at Nature Adventures Camp to learn basic animal care skills and explore the world of veterinary science. Campers will interact with animals who call the science center home to learn about anatomy, gain important observational skills, and learn how to use various scientific tools! Vet camp will take trips to Jacobs Pond, explore the Science Center campus, and feed the animals who live in the ecozone.

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Marine Biology Grades 6-7 - Week 6

South Shore Natural Science Center

7/22/2024 to 7/26/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 11 to 13

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024


Marine Biology Grades 6-7 - Week 4

South Shore Natural Science Center

7/8/2024 to 7/12/2024

Mon to Fri

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Ages 11 to 13

Registration 1/13/2024 to 8/30/2024