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All field trips will take place on Thursday, July 25, 2019. Make your selection on the Conference Registration Form. Spaces are limited for each trip, so sign up as soon as registration opens.

By land or by sea, there’s a lot to experience in the Seacoast Region. Sign up for a field trip to connect, explore and get inspired!

From Sails to Atoms: Portsmouth Naval Ship Yard

Age: AdultsAerial view of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
Cost per person: TBA
Time: TBA

The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is the nation's oldest operating Naval Shipyard. For over 200 years, they have served the country in support of the Sailors that take the ships to sea. Their motto, From Sails to Atoms, shows their dedication from wooden sailing ships of John Paul Jones to the Nuclear Power attack submarines of today.

The tour will take participants to a variety of their learning centers (weld school, motor shop, rubber manufacturers, wood shop, etc). This is not a museum tour, but a working industrial facility. The engineers and tradesmen have great presentations at each station. If there is a particular shop you are interested in, please let your tour leader know. The tour will walk/drive by the dry dock, but not on the submarines themselves.

The Shipyard will supply hard hats and safety glasses. Participants should wear long pants, closed-toed shoes and shirts with sleeves (shoulders covered) for safety reasons. Dress for the weather, tours are rain or shine. All tour participants must be US Citizens and must register for the field trip 8 weeks in advance.

Great Bay Kayaking Tour & Walk

Age: AdultsKayak field trip at the Great Bay Discovery Center
Cost per person: TBA
Time: TBA

Join naturalists from the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve as we explore the Great Bay Estuary by kayak!  Departing from the Great Bay Discovery Center, we will spy birds that make the bay their home, such as osprey, great blue heron and belted kingfisher.

Learn about this unique and essential water body as you explore it by boat!  A short paddling lesson is included, as well as all gear and safety equipment.  The trip will be approximately 3 hours, and you’ll have time to explore the Great Bay Discovery Center or nearby trails afterward.

Whale Watch

Age: 10 and up with accompanying adultwhale approaching boat
Cost per person: TBA
Time: TBA

Join the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation and Granite State Whale Watch for a trip into the Gulf of Maine to look for our local whales! The trip is 4-5 hours, and includes the opportunity to see species including fin, humpback and minke whales, Atlantic white-sided dolphins, harbor porpoise, seals, sharks and ocean sunfish.

Trips are expertly narrated by a Blue Ocean Society naturalist, who is also available to answer all your questions. The trip lasts 4-5 hours, and includes a boxed lunch and transportation to scenic Rye Harbor, NH.

Note: wear comfortable shoes, dress in layers (it’s 10-15 degrees cooler on the ocean) and remember your sunscreen!

Eating from the Ocean: Gulf of Maine Eco-Culinary Class & Lunch

Age: AdultChef Evan preparing Oysters
Cost per person: TBA
Time: TBA

Learn about "Eating from the Ocean" with Food Network's award-winning "Chopped" Champion, Chef Evan Hennessey and New Hampshire Sea Grant's fisheries specialist, Dr. Gabriela Bradt. 

We'll travel to Chef Hennessey's restaurant, Stages at One Washington, in Dover, NH. Chef Hennessey will conduct a cooking demonstration using local seafood and sea vegetables, which will include a green crab bisque, pollock poached in ocean water, pickled nori, and sea rocket. Learn how he prepares these dishes, enjoy samples, and participate in a Q & A with the chef. 

Following the demonstration, we'll have a program from Dr. Gabriela Bradt on her work with local fishermen and aquaculturists to keep local seafood accessible to NH communities through outreach, education, and research. Dr. Bradt works extensively with local restaurants and breweries to create markets for lesser known seafood including sea vegetables and green crabs. She directs the NH Green Crab Project, which engages citizen scientists in monitoring invasive green crabs and researches green crab molt time to explore the feasibility of a soft-shell crab market. Dr. Bradt also leads the Seaweed Mania workshops, where participants learn how to sustainably forage for seaweed and prepare healthy dishes with their fresh sea vegetables.

Lunch is on your own, with several restaurants nearby in Dover, NH to choose from. 


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