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Dive into the depths of Seacoast Science Center's updated tide pool tank

February 07. 2018 12:53PM
The Seacoast Science Center recently completed a renovation of its indoor Tide Pool Touch Tank, adding observation tools and learning prompts on new interpretive panels designed to inspire visitors to “dive deeper.” 

RYE — To kick off a year of upgrades, the Seacoast Science Center in Odiorne State Park has completed renovation of its Tide Pool Touch Tank.

The refurbished attraction now includes observation tools, interpretive signage with learning prompts, and naturalist-guided programs to help visitors “dive deeper” into learning about the animals and plants that live in the intertidal zone.

“We’ve added magnifying glasses and other scientific tools to encourage our visitors to get in touch with their inner scientist by looking closely, making comparisons and asking questions,” said Jeremy LeClair, director of exhibits and technology at the center.

The tank is stocked with plants and animals native to the coast, including sea stars, mussels, scallops, oysters, kelp and living algae. A flowing saltwater system keeps the tank at the proper temperature, level of salinity and concentration of oxygen for its inhabitants, according to center officials.

In addition, the Center’s Discovery Den this month will be transformed into the Discovery Dock, a seaside-themed learning space for young children.

Later in the spring, the center will install a 2,000-square-foot exhibit called “H2O Today” from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.

To reach the center, visit, stop by the center at 570 Ocean Blvd., or call 436-8043.

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