Friday, June 17, 2011

Seacoast Science Center

The Seacoast Science Center in Rye NH

If you've never been there, you must go!

My class goes each day for one week every spring.  We are immersed in local science topics!  It is a teacher's dream!
  • Did you know birds don't have a bladder so the pee and poop at the same time?
  • How about how to assemble the bones of a locally found seal?
  • I can tell the difference between a dog whelk and a periwinkle.  Ever seen a tiny hole bored into a shell?  Probably the work of a dog whelk!
  • Asian Shore Crabs are an aggressive and invasive species.
  • Poison ivy not only grows it's itchy three leaves close to the ground, it can grow into vines that can choke a tree!
  • Bittersweet, another invasive plant.
  • Coniferous forests vs Deciduous forests
  • Quaker's Rouge is a fuzzy plant in the Lamb's ear family used by Native Americans to line moccasins and Quaker women, not allowed to wear makeup,  rubbed it on cheeks causing a reaction on their skin, thus nature's blush!
This list could go on and on...the SSC is a treasure on our local shores.  Please visit them for a hike, some of their exhibits, or just a day digging around the tidepools!

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