Thursday, August 28, 2008

Maria Mitchell Aquarium on Nantucket Offers Girl Scout Programs


Beside Try-it programs for Brownies, the Nantucket Aquarium also offers many non-badge programs for all Girl Scout levels.

Brownie Try-Its: Eco-Explorers, Science Wonders, Senses, Watching Wildlife, Water Everywhere, & Space Explorer
Non Badge Programs
Night Discovery: Spend the evening with one of our naturalists to discover the mystery of the night. We’ll do some experiments, learn about nocturnal animals and become more comfortable in the dark.
Marine Ecology Walk: Come and explore the shore. Scouts will be able to collect marine animals using several different methods, identify the creatures and learn about their natural history. (May-September only)
Our Cosmic Neighborhood: Join us for the exploration of our cosmic neighbors. We’ll investigate the planets of our solar system and comets. Scouts will get a tour of Loines Observatory and if the weather cooperates get to view the skies with our telescope.
Getting Ready for Winter: Learn how different animals get ready for the cold. Discover which mammals truly hibernate and conduct an experiment to test the effects of hibernation. (December-February only)
Fossil Fun: Brachiopods, horn corals, bryozoans and more. Find out what a fossil is, make one and then we’ll search for some.
Home Tweet Home: Discover different types of nesting habitats and how birds build detailed nests using their beaks and feet. Then, make your own nest!
Dirty Water: Can you save a pond from pollution? Learn about water pollution and the clean up procedure. Each student will have a pond that they will need to keep clean.
Track It!: Learn what signs animals leave behind. Make a track and play a game that will put your detective skills to work!
Amazing Amphibian: Learn to identify these amazing creatures, through physical characteristics, sounds and hands-on discovery!
Wildlife CSI: Become a wildlife detective by solving a wildlife crime while learning about the natural histories of local animals.
WWE Wildlife Adaptations: To win the WWE students will have to create their own super animal! Each group will have to “buy” adaptations for their animal in order to compete in the habitat battles.
Grossology: Investigate the human body through “gross” experiments.
Spider and Insect Ecology: Come and discover these amazing creatures! We'll grab our insect nest and learn how to collect and identify common spider and insects found through out the island!(May-Oct)
What's in a Tidal Pool?: We'll explore the shore while learning what creatures are found in Nantucket's tidal pools.
Wicked Big Puddles: Put on your wellies and come and explore vernal pools. We'll net critters and view them under microscopes, all while learning the importance of these environments. (April-Sept)

Group Pricing Nantucket Off Island
1 hour program $65 $95

2 hour program $100 $140

3 hour program $175 $225

All program prices are based on a 1 to 15 student MMA teacher ratio. All programs can be conducted in one hour.

To schedule a program please call Darcie Vallant, Director of Education at 508-228-9198 or email.

Looking for a place to stay while on island? We offer housing for groups up to 20. The rate is $25 per person per night. Call 508-228-9198 to book now!

Museum Passes:
Have your group visit all the museums at your leisure. Purchase a four punch pass good for one visit to each site:

Maria Mitchell Aquarium, 28 Washington Street

Natural Science Museum at Hinchman House, 7 Milk Street

Vestal Street Observatory, 1 Vestal Street

Historic Mitchell House, 1 Vestal Street

Available at all sites $10 adult/$8 children

Monday, August 25, 2008

Governor Declares Sept. 27 as Massachusetts Girl Scout Day!

The NEW Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts (GSEM) is pleased to announce its first annual membership drive, and are looking for girls in grades k-12 to join and be part of all the fun Girl Scouting has to offer!
Communities throughout Eastern Massachusetts will celebrate their Girl Scout pride this September with new member registration events, green ribbons on the doors of Girl Scouts’ homes, and a proclamation from Governor Patrick declaring Sept. 27th as Girl Scout Day in Massachusetts.
The Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts will have many sign-up events throughout eastern Massachusetts on Saturday, Sept. 27th, and encourage new and current Girl Scouts to attend. Events will take place at the Brockton Rox Baseball Stadium, Weymouth Girl Scout House, Camp Kiwanis in Lynn & many more locations to be announced!
“Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts empowers girls to emerge as leaders, embark on innovative experiences, all the while making friendships to last a lifetime,” said Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts CEO Ruth N. Bramson. “As the premier leadership development organization for girls, we are excited to provide new opportunities for girls to discover a strong sense of self, connect with their community and take action to make a difference in their community.”
Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts offers unique programs/events throughout the region that are affordable and enjoyable. There are many exciting opportunities for exploration that foster leadership growth for girls of all interests. GSEM is committed to serving a diverse group of girls from all communities. The Girl Scouts offers a wide array of innovative and fresh activities to appeal to the ever-changing needs and interests of girls as they grow and mature.
To find out more about Girl Scouts, please visit
Framingham will host its own registration in October. Details to come.
About Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts: Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts serves more than 40,000 girl members and 17,000 volunteers living in towns and cities spanning the eastern part of the state from the border of New Hampshire south to the Cape and Islands along the South Coast to Fall River and west to Marlborough. Programs and services are delivered to girls through 28 programs centers in 178 communities in Eastern Massachusetts

Sunday, August 3, 2008


NOTE: Updated Sept. 2009
Framingham Girl Scouts is open to girls ages 5-17 (Kindergarten through grade 12).
* The registration year is from October 1 through September 30, but anyone can register at any time throughout the year.
* A parent or guardian signature is required on each girl's registration form.
* The annual membership fee is $12 person (financial aid is available on request). Each individual troop may require an additional fee per meeting or per year.
* Checks should be made payable to Eastern Massachusetts Girl Scout Council.
* Girls are divided into Daisy-Brownie-Junior-Cadet-Senior troops based on age/grade level.
NOTE: Age/grade levels will be changing for the 2009-2010 year, per the national Girl Scout headquarters.
*Girls may join an existing troop, if space is available.
* New troops may form throughout the year, and every effort will be made to place each girl in a troop.
* If no troop is available for a girl, she may register as a "Juliette" Girl Scout. This enables her to attend Framingham-wide events (like roller skating or bowling activities) as well as council events (including camps).
* Adults/parents who wish to attend a meeting or an event must register as a volunteer with Girl Scouts, including paying the $12 membership fee.