Summer Family Programs at Hatfield Marine Science Center

Posted by OCVA / July 10, 2014


Choose from two sessions (AM or PM) each day.  Sessions are 2.5 hours long and you can come to one, all eight or any combination you want!

All programs are designed for children age 4 and up and adults.  Each family must include one adult.  The cost is $15.00 per person per session and pre-registration is required.  Register online at


Monday, July 7

How Science Works, 9-11:30am – Come see how science works by performing different experiments in the lab and go out to the estuary to collect shore crabs for an outdoor racing experiment!

Estuary Exploration, 1-3:30pm – Explore the Yaquina Bay estuary to discover the unique creatures that call the mud their home. Then do plankton tows and take specimens back to the lab to examine with microscopes.


Tuesday, July 8

Something Fishy, 9-11:30 – Explore fish anatomy by performing a salmon dissection.  Then go behind the scenes of our animal husbandry area to see how we care for our animals.

Them Bones, 1-3:30pm –  Go on a marine mammal skeleton tour of Hatfield followed by your chance to put together a 16-foot whale skeleton!  Also we will discover the unique characteristics of shark teeth and what they eat.


Wednesday, July 9

Our Working Waterfront, 9-11:30am – Explore Newport’s working waterfront by going on a dock walk tour of the fishing fleet.  Search for the hidden box of the Bayfront Quest and explore the sea life that call the docks their home.  *Begins at Port Dock 1 in Newport.

Flotsam Jetsam, & Wrack, 1-3:30 – Explore South Beach as we investigate the wrack line and the natural and unnatural materials found there.  Next we will look for beach inhabitants and perform a beach hopper experiment!  *Begins at South Beach State Park Day-Use Area south of Hatfield.


Thursday, July 10

Engineering Energy, 9-11:30 – Have you ever wondered how energy collection works?  Come use your engineering skills to build and test wind and wave energy devices.

ROV Design Challenge, 1-3:30 – See how Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) are used in scientific research.  Then design and build your own ROV to complete underwater missions!

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