History museum

Learn about birds, bees, and rockets at the Marion Natural History Museum

MARION — Marion Natural History Museum, 8 Spring St., is offering a series of activities this spring.

March 30, Unique Birds of Marion, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Join Justin Barrett of the Nasketucket Bird Club to discuss native Marion species and explore the birds that call Marion home or use it as a stopover during migration .

April 6 “Bee or no bee”, 10:30 to 11:30 am The show will focus on the creation of a pollinating garden for bees. Explore the biology of bees and learn which plants to grow to best meet their needs, how to provide suitable shelters for bees, and what actions people might take, even inadvertently, that negatively impact their populations.

These programs are free but registration is required.

On April 13, dive into the Spring Pools, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Participants will use microscopes and magnifying glasses to observe the plants and animals that live in these pools. They will be returned to the same pool. Participants can get dirty. Cost is $8 members, $10 non-members.

April 27, A Trip to Bird Island, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Join Isaac Perry and Marion’s Captaincy as they tour the habitat of some of the world’s rarest birds. $8 members, cost $10 non-members.

May 11, “Naturally” Artistic, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Artist and graphic designer Karen Alves leads this blend of nature and art. Participants will roll up their sleeves and get creative. Cost is $8 members, $10 non-members.

May 25, This is Rocket Science, May 25 and 26, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Learn about propulsion and lift with Mike Cronin. Each student will have a rocket with an engine to assemble and launch. The cost is $20 per participant. The program is limited to 12 children, ages six and up, parental assistance is encouraged. The cost is $20.

June 8, Exploring Ram Island, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Located in Sippican Harbour, Ram Island has unique ecosystems to explore. Owners Michael and Hannah Moore invited this group to explore the salt marshes, rocky intertidal shoreline, mudflats (depending on the tides), and osprey nests. Life jackets will be needed and kids will be messy. Open to children only, with a limit of 12 people. The cost is $10 for non-members, $8 for members.

To learn more about these programs, to visit www.marionmuseum.org. Masks are mandatory to enter the museum.