SOUTH SHORE YMCA NATURAL SCIENCE CENTER

Plan Your Visit

HOURS

Currently, the Science Center is not open to the public. We are 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

ADMISSION

South Shore YMCA Members & Science Center Members: Free
Non-Members:

  • $5.00/Child (2-15 years)
  • $5.00/Adult, $4.50/Senior Citizen (60+)
  • Under 2 years – Free
  • Admission to the EcoZone Museum is FREE for South Shore YMCA and Science Center members

FACILITY

  • 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
  • Coe’s Greenhouse
  • Interactive Exhibits
  • Nature’s Gift Shop with special children’s section
  • Restrooms located in the Nature Center

Ways to Enjoy the Science Center

Take a Walk on our Trails

Be sure when you get here to pick up a map and explore our trails, knowing that the next time you come back, in another season, they’ll be entirely different. Take in the sights, and revel in the ever-changing birdsong throughout the year.

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Visit the EcoZone

Meet the many animals of our region that are often hidden from view: snakes, frogs, salamanders, turtles, and toads. See how they live, what they eat, and learn about their habitats. Pop into the greenhouse to see plants from near and far, from “dinosaur” plants to carnivorous bug-eaters.

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Explore the Children’s Garden

Built in 2021, our José Carreiro Children's Garden is where children can get their hands in the dirt and learn where food comes from through sustainable gardening. Come see the chicken coop, dig and plant in our raised garden beds, or just relax with a picnic. And when you peek in on our chickens, be sure to ask us if we have eggs for sale!

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Go Snowshoeing!

We encourage you to enjoy the winter by exploring the trails at the Science Center on snowshoes! Snowshoes are available to borrow free of charge for South Shore YMCA members and Science Center Members and can be rented for $5 per pair for non-members.

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