Welcome, aspiring marine scientists!

Here at DBMS, we are trying to help kids learn more about Duxbury Bay and beyond. If you like learning about sea creatures, birds and other ocean life then these classes are for you!

Summer Programs

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Big Fish, Little Fish

Ages 3-6
For a little one and their parent, or guardian, enjoy one of the many classes we hold throughout the summer! Class is 90-minutes and includes an age appropriate themed lesson followed by a relevant craft for each child to take home.

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Fishing with Captain John

Ages 10+ M-W & F (Thur. make up day) 8-12:30PM or 1:30-6PM
This isn’t classroom stuff, this is hands on meet up and go. Prepare for 4 days of fishing where you will go angling for the blues. If they aren’t keepers, you’ll go trapping for lobsters and digging for quahogs. Learn knot tying, bait and tackle tactics, cleaning and filleting. Captain John takes you to where the fish are and makes sure you bring some home for sampling!

Week 1

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Meet the Locals

Age 6 Monday-Thursday 1-5PM $350
Ever wondered what exactly is in Duxbury Bay?? Participants will spend each day learning about a different marine creature in the bay, such as lobsters, horseshoe crabs, oysters, and so much more! From setting and baiting a lobster trap to traveling by skiff to check out local oyster grants, each day will be an exciting new adventure!

Week 2

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Meet the locals

Ages 7-9 Monday-Friday 10-2PM $350
Ever wondered what exactly is in Duxbury Bay?? Participants will spend each day learning about a different marine creature in the bay, such as lobsters, horseshoe crabs, oysters, and so much more! From setting and baiting a lobster trap to traveling by skiff to check out local oyster grants, each day will be an exciting new adventure!

Week 3

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ECOSYSTEM EXPLORERS

Age 6 Monday-Thursday 1-5PM $350
Tides pools, saltmarshes, mud flats, and sandy beaches are just some of the incredible local ecosystems that your kids will spend the week exploring! Whether they arrive by kayak, boat, or van, participants will be able to dig their hands in and learn how each habitat differs and how those differences impact the animals that live there!

Week 4

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Conservation Crusaders

Ages 10-12 Monday-Friday 10-2PM Price & Exact Schedule TBD
Have an avid scientist that cares about the ocean? Have them spend the week with us as we learn about plastic pollution and ocean acidification! Students will travel to various beaches to conduct water quality testing and learn what factors scientists use to determine what a “healthy ocean” means. The week-long lab will conclude with a trip to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute where students will be able to talk with local scientists and take a tour of the MBL and aquarium.

Week 5

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Shark Week

Age 6 Monday-Thursday 1-5PM $350
Did you know sharks are fish?! Along with learning what exactly Bluefish and Great White Sharks have in common, participants will get plenty of hands-on experience on the water. Participants will learn how to set and cast a fishing rod on land before setting out to try and bring home dinner! Participants will also take a skiff ride out to Bug Light to try and spot a seal! Back on land, participants will be able to use our state of the art Marine Science lab to create their own shark journal, create experiments, and learn more about these magnificent creatures.

Week 6

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Shark Week

Ages 7-9 Monday-Friday 9-1PM $350
Did you know sharks are fish?! Along with learning what exactly Bluefish and Great White Sharks have in common, participants will get plenty of hands-on experience on the water. Participants will learn how to set and cast a fishing rod on land before setting out to try and bring home dinner! Participants will also take a skiff ride out to Bug Light to try and spot a seal! Back on land, participants will be able to use our state of the art Marine Science lab to create their own shark journal, create experiments, and learn more about these magnificent creatures.

 

Week 7

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Shark Week

Ages 10-12 Monday-Friday 11:30-3:30PM Price & Exact Schedule TBD
Want to get up close and personal with Chatham’s most infamous summer visitors? Join us on an adventure packed Shark Week as we travel to Chatham for an exclusive boat trip to learn all about white shark research! Students will be able to pull up an active shark research receiver before returning to land to visit the White Shark Conservancy museum!

Week 8

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Ecosystem Expolrers

Ages 7-9 Monday-Friday 9-1PM $350
Tides pools, saltmarshes, mud flats, and sandy beaches are just some of the incredible local ecosystems that your kids will spend the week exploring! Whether they arrive by kayak, boat, or van, participants will be able to dig their hands in and learn how each habitat differs and how those differences impact the animals that live there!

Week 9

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DETAILS TO  BE ANNOUNCED SOON….

New full day, week long program for ages 12+ (including a possible overnight field trip) please email kenzie@dbms.org for more information. Price and timing to be determined as soon as field trip details have been confirmed. 

Field Trips at DBMS

Are you looking to bring a true Marine Science element to a class you are teaching? Our Marine Science Lab and waterfront campus create the perfect site for practical, hands-on learning. With a variety of creatures, equipment and lesson plans our staff looks forward to getting your class engaged and excited to learn!

To learn more or schedule a field trip, contact Marine Science Director, Kenzie Thompson, or call (781)934-7555

This summer you can now send your kid to DBMS to enjoy a FULL day of fun on the bay! Check out JR Sailing and Discovery Week offerings which have been scheduled to not overlap with marine science so kids can get the best of both worlds!

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