Science on the Bayshore

Join us on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays 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. Our classes are ongoing, so you can attend any Thursday, Saturday, and/or Sunday sessions that work for you! We will keep track of which workshops you attend so that your child can earn their Junior Bayshore Biologist Certificate.

  • Workshops are free! There is no cost to you!
  • Hands-on
  • All ages welcome, however students under the age of 8 may not understand all of the content
  • All materials will be disinfected before and after each lesson
  • Workshops occur rain or shine and may be outdoors, so please dress appropriately!
  • All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
  • Masks are required at all times while participating in this program

Due to the recent COVID-19 restrictions, please pre-register before attending our classes. Signing up is fast and easy! Sign up here!

Earn Your Junior Bayshore Biologist Certificate!

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

Each student (17 and under) 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 in 2021!

Workshop Dates and Times

  • Workshops take place most Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
  • Three workshops per day: 1st workshop 12:00pm – 12:45pm, 2nd workshop 1:00pm – 1:45pm, 3rd 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.
  • Resources | Everything that we do requires us to consume resources. We use plastics, metals, and wood to build the things that we use. We use energy to power our cars, our homes, and our electronics. But where does it all come from? What are some ways that we harvest our resources, and how can we make cleaner choices about our resource use? In this workshop, we will dive into resources and discuss the pros and cons of several different materials and power sources.
  • 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!
  • Moon Phases & Tides | Why does the moon look different each night? What causes the tides to rise and fall, and how does the moon affect this process? How does this affect the plants and animals that live along the coast? We will explore these questions and more using hands-on props to explain moon phases and tides.
  • Adaptations (NEW!) | There are millions of species of animals in the world, and each one of them has special adaptations to set them apart from all the rest. From physical adaptations such as beaks, claws, and blubber, to behavioral adaptations such as pack hunting and hiding, there are tons of ways that animals have evolved to get ahead. During this workshop we will explore some of the behaviors and physical characteristics of predator and prey animals, using our local wetlands inhabitants as examples.

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

Workshop Schedule

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