Science on the Bayshore

Join us Thursdays and Saturdays for Science on the Bayshore! During these workshops, we will be teaching bite-sized, hands-on, fun lessons about a variety of science topics.

What is Science on the Bayshore?

Science on the Bayshore is an educational series focused on providing families with hands-on, free educational programming. Each lesson is 45 minutes long, and we rotate workshops each week to make it easier to meet your schedule.

  • No registration required
  • Free! There is no cost to you!
  • Hands-on
  • All ages welcome
  • All materials will be disinfected before and after each lesson
  • Workshops occur rain or shine and may be outdoors, so please dress appropriately!

Workshop Dates and Times

  • Workshops take place most Thursdays and Saturdays.
  • Two workshops per day: 1st workshop 1:00pm – 1:45pm, 2nd workshop 2:00pm – 2:45pm
  • Please see our calendar below for specific workshop dates and times.

Our Workshops

  • Bayshore Birds | Learn all about the Bayshore’s birds! Each bird species is unique and has special adaptations to fill its niche in the ecosystem. Participants will learn about different beak, body, and feet shapes, and try using different pieces to build a bird of their own. After that, we will take a short walk out into the marshes to look at birds in real life!
  • Wetlands Exploration | Come take a walk with us! We will be taking a short (approximately 1 mile) walk through our salt marshes. As we walk, we will discuss the importance of wetlands, what species can be found there, and some of the threats that they face.
  • All About Oysters | Learn all about a keystone species in the Delaware Bay: the oyster! Participants will learn about the importance of the oyster in the Delaware Bay, explore its life cycle, and will even get to observe its anatomy in a live dissection! We will then do an activity called “shell bagging”, in which we create oyster habitat that will be used to restore oyster beds in the Bay.
  • Microscopic Wonders | While most of us are familiar with the large fish and invertebrates found in the ocean and bays, few of us think about some of the smallest organisms of all: plankton! In this workshop, we will learn all about what plankton are, why they are important, and we will even get to look at some under a microscope!
  • Watersheds | How do our actions impact the environment? How does pollution travel such large distances? What can we do to help? During this presentation, we will be exploring these topics by demonstrating different types of pollution, what they do, and how they get into the watershed. Then, we will discuss different ways that individuals can make choices to impact the environment in a positive way.
  • The Science of Sailing | What does it take to sail a boat? While lots of skill and bravery come into play, we often underestimate just how much we rely on science. From the forces of the wind and currents, to the lift that drives the boat forward, to the mechanical advantage needed to raise the sails, physics plays a huge role! In this workshop, we will explore some of these concepts, using models from the AJ Meerwald as examples. Participants can try their hand at using a “block and tackle” (also known as a pulley), observe simple machines on a model ship, and learn how to tie some knots.
  • Energy | All life relies on energy to move and to grow. We use it to power our cars, our homes, our electronics, and many other things. So, where does it come from? How is it used by plants, animals, and humans? What are some ways that we harvest it, and how can we make cleaner choices about our energy use? In this workshop, we will dive into energy and discuss the pros and cons of how power is generated using a variety of sources, including wind, solar, geothermal, nuclear, and fossil.
  • What’s in Your Water? | Water is all around us. It’s in our homes, in the air, and in our streams, rivers, and oceans. What makes water “clean” or dirty”? In this workshop, we will explore some of the chemical properties of our water, including temperature, turbidity, pH, nitrate, phosphate, and oxygen. Participants will learn how we test these parameters, and will get to try their hand at conducting these tests on water from the river!

Junior Bayshore Biologist Program

Kids can now earn their Junior Bayshore Biologist Certificate by participating in six of our eight workshops!

Each student who participates in at least six of our workshops will receive a certificate, a prize, and two free tickets to sail on the AJ Meerwald!

If you have any questions about our education programs, please email us at or call us at (856)785-2060.

Workshop Schedule

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