Whale, hello there! Learn about the whales who swim off our New England coast and then join a local whale watching trip to search for them! Our marine biologist instructor, Lindsay Hirt, will inspire your child as we explore local coastal areas, learning to observe as a naturalist does.
• Five-day, Monday to Friday program:
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day
• Optional extended care:
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. $45 per week and/or
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. $90 per week
• Campus dining hall lunch: $70 per week
• Limited to 14 children, rising 5th to 9th grade
• $25 sibling or multi-session discount applies
• Instructor & assistant to child ratio is 7:1 or less
• Your instructor, marine biologist Lindsay Hirt
Our study of whales and the exciting whale watch trip are based on a broader understanding of marine biology and environmental science. And there’s nothing like exploring the waters at low tide! With Lindsay’s guidance, every visit to the ocean brings new discovery, new understanding, more questions, and a sense of wonder. Then we use scientific methods and equipment to study our finds from the beach.
Your child will learn to use compound and stereo microscopes, and how to prepare specimens for observation and discovery. Imagine using a stereo microscope to get up close to a tiny hermit crab! We examine x-ray images of marine life to understand their make-up and how they have adapted to their marine environment.
M.S. Emergency Management, Summa Cum Laude at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA)
B.A. Biology, Magna Cum Laude at the University of Maine at Machias (UMM)
Lindsay Hirt, a Plymouth, MA native, loves her salty hometown so much that she decided to make a full circle back here to work after about a decade of academic study and field research along both poles of the eastern seaboard. Lindsay is a marine biologist and educator with a focus on wildlife emergency management, endangered species conservation, and a fondness for teaching others about environmental stewardship, especially kids!
With a strong background in science and Master’s Degree in Emergency Management, she is trained in wildlife rescue for both land and aquatic species. For over fifteen years, she has worked, volunteered for, or trained with world-renowned organizations such as International Fund for Animal Welfare, New England Aquarium, and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
During the school, year Lindsay develops curriculum for all sorts of school communities, creates hands-on experiences connected to the natural world for folks of all ages, and advocates for the awareness of all things wild. She spends her entire summer on the famous whale watch boats leaving Cape Cod waters where she shares with the public countless incredible encounters with marine life!
Lindsay will never forget why she became a marine biologist in the first place – seeing her first whale on a Captain John Boat at the age of five! She hopes you’ll be just as inspired after an amazing day learning about our unique coastline and the fascinating marine world just next door to us!
Engineer and EOS founder John Aviste will be on hand to lead activities with an applied science spin. Does a humpback whale really have the power of a 747 jet during take-off? Or, as an engineer, what could your child devise to help sustain our ocean environment and its varied life? Games and challenges add to the fun and discovery throughout the week.
In short: Lindsay Hirt, the scientist leading this week of marine science. Her enthusiasm for all things marine—especially whales—is infectious, and she has the heart of a teacher. Lindsay asks that children look closely at their finds, shares a tantalizing tidbit, then takes the children’s excitement and questions into the lab for further observation and discovery. She provides the broader context of scientific method, marine life, and ecology, to enrich your child’s experience, exploring the world of whales!