About Us

South Shore YMCA Natural Science Center

48 Jacobs Ln, Norwell, MA 02061

The South Shore YMCA Natural Science Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about the natural and cultural environments of the South Shore.

Our mission is to provide natural science experiences that educate, excite, and commit every generation to preserve the environment and to encourage responsible use, stewardship and enjoyment of our natural resources.

Voted one of Massachusetts’ 1000 Great Places to Visit by Mass Office of Travel and Tourism!


Currently, the Science Center is not open to the public due to COVID-19. It is open for Camp and Preschool Programming only. 

  • Regular Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9:00am-5:00pm and Sunday, 11:00am-4:00pm
  • Closed: Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Day, Sundays in Summer Months


The Science Center is located on 30 acres surrounded by 200 acres of town conservation/recreation land consisting of meadows, woodland, and a pond. In addition, the Science Center is home to the EcoZone – an interactive museum featuring live native animals, owl exhibits, a Children’s Garden, and 6 interpretive trails. We welcome 55,000 visitors year-round.

  • Nature Center and Summer House located on 30 acres
  • Six interpretive nature trails
  • Access to 200 acres of conservation land
  • Outdoor amphitheater and picnic area
  • EcoZone Museum (currently closed due to COVID-19)
  • Coe’s Greenhouse
  • Interactive Exhibits
  • Nature’s Gift Shop with special children’s section
  • Restrooms located in the Nature Center

Our Programs

Nature Center Preschool

Nature Center Preschool at the South Shore YMCA Natural Science Center supports young children’s investigations and ignites their passion for learning. By highlighting the interconnectedness of humans with the natural world, we provide a foundation of stewardship, inquiry, and innovative thinking.

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Kids playing with a chicken.

Nature Adventures Summer Camp

Our Nature Adventures Camp is an outdoor recreational summer day camp that offers exciting opportunities for children to learn about the natural world while they explore our 30 acres of woodlands and fields, with rambling nature trails, numerous vernal pools and quick access to Jacobs Pond.

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Plan a Visit

Explore our trails and gardens, visit our EcoZone Museum, and even borrow snowshoes for wintry exploration! The Science Center indoor exhibits are not currently open to the public due to COVID-19, but come explore what we have to offer outdoors!

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Become a Science Center Member!

As a Science Center member, you can enjoy access to our facilities, grounds, exhibits, and events, supporting the education and enjoyment of our natural resources on the South Shore. Science Center Membership