RYE — Family fun, learning, and marine science collide at Seacoast Science Center during the after-hours series Night at the Museum. On Fri., August 9, 6:00-8:00 p.m., all ages can become scientists, conduct research and contribute to data collection, and learn how they can get involved in local citizen scientist projects.

At the NH Sea Grant station, participants will learn all about the NH Green Crab Project where fisheries experts are working to develop a strategy to control this invasive species that has been wreaking ecological and economic havoc along the New England coast for decades. They will also learn how they can help collect data on when green crabs are molting in order to explore the feasibility of a soft-shell crab market (similar to blue crabs) and subsequently a potential fishery.

SML Tern Conservation Program will share how they implement research, restoration, and management of threatened and endangered terns on White and Seavey Islands in the Isles of Shoals, New Hampshire’s only successful breeding colony for Common, Roseate, and Arctic terns.

Educational Passages will teach about ocean currents and how their Mini Boat program helps students across the globe understand and protect the ocean. Participants will see actual drifters and see the paths they have travelled.

Seacoast Science Center Marine Mammal Rescue staff will share how they work to protect wildlife, help provide valuable data that provides insight on the health of our ocean, and educate the community about the importance of conservation. Participants will have the opportunity to perform a mock seal rescue and fill out a data reporting form.

The cost for the Night at the Museum program is $2.50 per person/$10.00 per family (up to 6) for Seacoast Science Center members, and $5.00 per person/$20.00 per family (up to 6) for non-members. Reservations are encouraged but not required. Please visit www.seacoastsciencecenter.org/events/night-museum for more information and online registration, or call 603-436-8043.

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