Mobile Marine Science Programs

Coastal Explorer

Coastal Explorer

The 4-H Coastal Explorer is a unique educational vehicle available to area schools, organizations, town beaches and libraries throughout Cape Cod! The vehicle is a versatile 31-foot custom-built motor coach complete with state-of-the-art equipment and displays, providing students and visitors with an opportunity to learn about Cape Cod’s coastal environment. On board you will find:

  • saltwater aquariums with live animals
  • computer and interactive games
  • TV/VCR for viewing marine life videos
  • microscopes to view marine life
  • blue shark and dolphin models displaying both external and internal anatomy
  • hands-on exhibits

The school marine science program for grades K-7 emphasizes hands-on learning, with classes following the MA Curriculum Frameworks for teaching Science and Technology. A curriculum is provided to each participating school containing pre and post-activity suggestions. Grade specific programs include “Sea Creature Feature,” “Animal Classification,” “Ocean Habitats,” “Web of Life,” “Fishy Fauna,” Sea Turtle Life Cycles,” and “A Look into Sharks.”

During the fall and spring of the school year, the “Coastal Explorer” will visit Barnstable County schools, with stays lasting from a few days to two weeks. The vehicle is handicapped-accessible. Requirements for “Coastal Explorer” include a level area for setup and 24-hour access to electricity (minimum of 20 amps, 110 volts). The “Coastal Explorer” can plug into a standard outlet, but does require at least a 30-amp outlet for the air conditioning system, if needed. The vehicle is outfitted with a security system.

There’s a Whale in the Classroom!
Throughout the winter,  “Whale in the Classroom” is available to Barnstable County students in grades 3-6. The program focuses on a life-sized soft sculpture model of a pilot whale. The external features of the fabric whale are accurately represented, and is complete with removeable internal organs. The model is mounted on a stand with casters for ease of transport. Classroom presentations are 45-50 minutes, for a fee of $35/presentation. A  curriculum guide is included.

4-H Coastal Connections Summer Programs are designed for libraries, summer youth camps, schools, town beaches and parks, recreation centers, museums, and other Cape Cod organizations. One hour and one day programs are available. Click here for details.

2015 Summer Coastal Explorer Dates and Locations

July 9 – Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Brewster; 10:00am-3:00pm

July 11 – Drummer Boy Park, Brewster Conservation Day; 10:00am-2:00pm

July 14 – Brewster Ladies Library; 10:00am-3:00pm

July 15 – Mashpee Recreation, Quashnet School; 10:00am-3:00pm

July 16 – Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Brewster; 10:00am-3:00pm

July 17 – Camp Willowbend, Mashpee; 10:00am-3:00pm

July 21 – Centerville Public Library; 10:00am-3:00pm

July 23 – Truro Public Library; 10:00am-3:00pm

July 24 – Gus Canty Community Center, Falmouth Recreation; 10:00am-2:00pm

July 30 – Dennis Memorial Library; 10:00am-3:00pm

July 31 – West Falmouth Public Library; 10:00am-3:00pm

August 4 – Cape Cod Children’s Museum, Mashpee; 10:00am-3:00pm

August 6 – Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Brewster; 10:00am-3:00pm

August 7 – Brooks Free Library, Harwich; 10:00am-3:00pm

August 20th – Eastham Public Library (Town Hall); 10:00am-3:00pm

August 14 – Dennis Public Library, Dennisport; 10:00am-3:00pm

August 19 – Mashpee Recreation, Quashnet School; 10:00am-3:00pm



For further information about any of these programs, please call Eileen Sonnenberg at (508) 375-6694.