About Us

South Shore YMCA Natural Science Center

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

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

Located on 30 acres surrounded by 200 acres of town conservation/recreation land consisting of meadows, woodland, and a pond, the South Shore YMCA Natural Science Center is home to our Nature Center Preschool and summer day camp, Nature Adventures Camp.

Plan a Weekend Visit to Our Trails

  • Nature Center located on 30 acres
  • Six interpretive nature trails
  • Access to 200 acres of conservation land
  • Outdoor amphitheater and picnic area
  • Children’s Garden
  • Rescued animal exhibits

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 Weekend Visit

Visit us during weekends to explore our interpretive nature trails for hiking, access to 200 acres of conservation land, an outdoor amphitheater and picnic area, Children's Garden, birds...and more.

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Support the Science Center

When you donate to the South Shore YMCA Natual Science Center to help maintain our facilities and grounds, you also support the education and enjoyment of our natural resources on the South Shore. Support the Science Center