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Independence Seaport Museum: Citizen Science Lab

The Citizen Science Lab, now part of River Alive! at Independence Seaport Museum, hosts hands-on, interactive experiences centered around water, with a focus on the Delaware River’s biology, ecology and chemistry, plus language arts, history and basic engineering. Public demonstrations for the whole family take place every Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., with additional weekday sessions from May through August.



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Independence Seaport Museum: EAGLE STEM Mentorship Program

EAGLE is a four-year program exclusively for young high school women that takes students with a strong interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), and presents them with challenges in a hands-on and fun team setting.



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Independence Seaport Museum: River Ambassadors

The River Ambassadors program provides intensive, hands-on science learning experiences for Philadelphia high school students at Independence Seaport Museum. Students participate in the River Ambassadors program at the Museum to learn as much as possible about Philadelphia’s surrounding rivers and watershed and why and how to protect them.



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Independence Seaport Museum: SAILOR Boatbuilding Program

The SAILOR STEM Boatbuilding initiative connects under-served middle and high school students in the Philadelphia area to the water.  This program targets young minds to encourage interest and understanding in Engineering, Mathematics, and the Sciences in addition to team building, problem solving, and leadership.




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Independence Seaport Museum: Seafarin Saturdays

Nautical activities and adventures of distant shores for the whole family! From making pirate battle rattles to sailor valentines, children are sure to dive into fun. Seafarin’ Saturdays are held every Saturday in the MakerSpace inside the Museum from 1:30-3:30 p.m. All activities are free with admission.





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Independence Seaport Museum: SeaPerch Program

SeaPerch is a nationally recognized, innovative underwater robotics program that presents an engaging platform for developing student interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematical) fields. Independence Seaport Museum proudly serves as a mentoring, assembly, education, and testing facility for local teams.



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Independence Seaport Museum: Seaport Slumbers

Seaport Slumbers invites guests to an overnight adventure in the Museum or on our historic ships, Cruiser Olympia and World War II and Cold War Submarine Becuna. Guests begin their evening with a tour of the ships. Themed activities inside the museum offer a new way to connect to our exhibits.  Later in the night, guests roll out sleeping bags to sleep among the museum’s exhibits or on Cruiser Olympia, between the months of May and October.



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Independence Seaport Museum: Scouting Programs

Day and night, we have lots of activities for Scouts to explore at the Seaport Museum. Perfect for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts, our Seaport Slumbers and day programs allow you to work towards a loop or badge, get out on the Delaware River, explore National Historic Landmark Ships Cruiser Olympia and Submarine Becuna, connect with our exhibits and more. Our scouting programs include:

  • Finding Your Way (Cub Scouts)
  • Playing the Past (Girl Scouts)
  • Signs, Signals and Codes (Boy Scouts)
  • Wonders of the Water (Girl Scouts)

  • Woodworker (Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts)

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Bartram's Garden: Art@Bartram's

Art@Bartram’s, a multi-year initiative begun in 2015, focuses on the development and production of public art projects in and around Bartram’s Garden, Bartram’s Mile, and the surrounding neighborhood. The project celebrates the Schuylkill River by connecting the public to the river, enhancing the public’s awareness, understanding, and experience of the river and its surrounding landscape, raising awareness of water-related environmental concerns, and promoting environmental stewardship.

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Bartram's Garden: Family Programs

Little Explorers is a monthly garden adventure for toddlers (ages 2−4) and their caregivers. Programs include crafts, snacks, performances, and an exciting exploration in the garden.

Homeschooler Days are for homeschooled students, ages 5–13, and meets monthly, with both morning and afternoon sessions to choose from.  This year’s topics range from botany to colonial cooking, from navigation to creating music from birdsong!



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Center for Aquatic Sciences: Shark in the Dark Overnight Program

Join the Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium for an awesome overnight experience, Shark in the Dark! Experience the Aquarium’s amazing shark collection, as well as sea turtles, stingrays and a multitude of different fish. After your adventure, you’ll spend the night sleeping up close with one of these amazing aquatic animals. The next morning, you’ll get a chance to visit with our African penguins and hippos. It’s a shark-tastic experience you’ll never forget!

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Center for Aquatic Sciences - Teen Programs

Whether you’re looking for a quick introduction to marine science, or you want to get more in-depth and hands-on with biology and environmental topics, our STEM-based teen programs offer a variety of options for students ages 12 and up.  From 3-hour glimpses, to monthly sessions, or 2 week camp experiences, these unique programs enable future ocean scientists a great way to gain experience and knowledge outside of their science classroom.

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Center for Aquatic Sciences - Educational Programs

Connect students with science and enhance your field trip to Adventure Aquarium with an engaging education program. The Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium offers programs that inspire future conservationists while supporting your curriculum. To book a program for your class at the aquarium, call 800-616-JAWS (5297).

Glen Foerd- Pre-School Program

Tales in the Grass is a free drop-in program for preschoolers and their caregivers the first Thursday of the month 10-11 AM. Explore nature through children’s literature, hands-on activities, science and artmaking in an outdoor setting.