Humpback Whale Skull
Finally saw the infamous “slurpee waves” at Tom Nevers. It is still not completely understood why such displays occur, but we are definitely looking into it! Salt decreases the point at which water freezes to 28.4 degrees Fahrenheit, but it is more common for frozen ocean water to just become solid sheets. One explanation is that the steady movement of the waves on the shallow shore break up the ice crystals before they form into a sheet. Calling all future scientists to help find the full scientific explanation of the phenomenon! 👨‍🔬👩‍🔬
A pod of dolphins were spotted down by Straight Wharf this morning by Dr. Regina Jorgenson. Lovely to see!
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Will Rhodes
· December 13, 2014
Whether you spend an afternoon, a week, or a whole summer with the Maria Mitchell Association, it is a life-changing and eye-opening experience.
Tiff Root
· June 10, 2016
The girls taught my daughter how to catch fiddler crabs and we loved the aquarium ❤️❤️
Shiloh Schulte
August 1, 2013
Very cool organization in its own right, more so because my aunt Janet runs the place!

Stop the Straw! Join us in our campaign with the Town of Nantucket and ReMain Nantucket to end the use of plastic straws on Nantucket! This is simple way to make a big difference. Whether you ditch straws altogether or switch to metal straws, join us in a commitment to reduce our dependence on plastics!
#NationalSkiptheStrawDay #stopthestraw #reduceplastics #acklocal
Go to our site to take the pledge:

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This cloudy weather definitely has us feeling like our Water Snake today!
Did you know the nonvenomous Northern Water Snake is often mistaken for the venomous Water Moccasin, causing them to be unnecessarily killed?
How to tell the difference?
A Water Snake has a flattened head and round pupils while a Water Moccasin has a blocky head, and vertical pupils.

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Dr. John Koprowski, a speaker in the Maria Mitchell's 2017 Science Speaker Series, was been elected to become a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science! This is a great honor and Maria Mitchell herself was actually the first female elected into the AAAS back in 1850!
Congratulations John Koprowski!…

Join the MMA’s Field Ornithologist, Ginger Andrews, on an exciting night-birding experience – the Owl Prowl. After visiting our demonstration Barn Owl nest box, you will visit sites known for owls, play recordings of their calls and wait for a response or sighting.
This program is meant for adults, but children 8 and up are welcome to register with an adult guardian.

Transportation is provided from 4 Vestal St. If spaces are filled online, call the office at 508-228-9198 and... we can accommodate you if you provide your own transportation.

This program will be cancelled in the event of rain and refunds issued.

$25 for Members
$40 for Non-Members

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Fri 6:00 PM ESTThe Maria Mitchell AssociationNantucket, MA
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We hope you have a scat-tastic Valentine’s Day! This past weekend we had a blast in our new program “Droppings of Love” making candy with scat as the inspiration. We are so thankful for our intrepid attendees that enjoyed the educational, yummy, and fun program!

“Who’s there?!” Caught a rather intimidating glare from these great sculptures at Sylvia Antiques today! Make sure to sign up for the upcoming Owl Prowl on March 2nd for your chance to marvel at the feathery counterparts of these curious wooden owls!

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Come on down to Bartlett's Farm for NiSHA's My Furry Valentine for a showing of Horton Hears a Who! Kim Botelho will kick off the event with an insect presentation. Starting now!

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The third annual International Women and Girls in Science Day will be celebrated worldwide on Feb. 11 in order to recognize the achievements of women in science and to encourage girls to study science.

Join the Maria Mitchell Association and the Nantucket Community School for the Fourth Annual Nantucket Science Festival!

This FREE festival is fun for the whole family and includes tons of hands-on science activities! Whether you fancy robotics or the natural sciences, there will be something for every kind of science enthusiast. Everyone who attends will also get a chance to win one of the many awesome door prizes.

This program is funded with support from Dr. David and Beverly Barlow, Eileen Fisher, Nantucket Land Council, and the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant.

Sat 10:00 AM EDTNantucket High SchoolNantucket, MA
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The first Falcon Heavy rocket, which stands at an amazing 23 stories tall and complete with a Tesla car on-board, had a successful test flight yesterday from the Kennedy Space Center! An exciting development for space exploration! today

The first Falcon Heavy rocket built by the private spaceflight company SpaceX soared on its maiden voyage today (Feb. 6).

Practicing now for Droppings of Love. On the right, two examples of Canada Goose Poop. On the left, a peanut butter and Oreo bon bon with vanilla glaze goose poop. So delicious! We still have a couple spaces left. Sunday, February 11, 1-2:30pm. Register at

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It's here! Today is the first day of open enrollment for our Summer Discovery Programs. Spaces are filling quickly and some sessions are already full. If you have any questions, please email Kbotelho at or visit our FAQ page at:…/discoveryprograms/faq

The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association promotes the legacy of astronomer Maria Mitchell and the exploration, education and enjoyment of Nantucket’s land, waters and skies beyond.

The Maria Mitchell Association knows that animals can bring people together! Check out this inspiring project that found cultures in conflict can come together over barn owls used for pest management on farmland in the Middle East.

A programme that uses birds of prey in place of pesticides has inspired international collaboration.

Let the snow inspire you to make your plans for summer! Today is the beginning of summer program sign-ups for MMA members! Non-Members will get a chance starting this Thursday at 9am, but don't risk your child's favorite program filling up! ay is

The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association promotes the legacy of astronomer Maria Mitchell and the exploration, education and enjoyment of Nantucket’s land, waters and skies beyond.

If you are a little further west than Nantucket, it will be worth it to get up extra early to catch the total lunar eclipse the morning of January 31st. Grab a cup a coffee and watch the lunar eclipse before it slips below the western horizon!

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