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Odiorne Point State Park, August 11th

The Grand Finale of the 2012 Great Park Pursuit will be held at Odiorne State Park in Rye on Saturday, August 11th. Registration for this event will begin at 9:30am and end at 11:30am. From 10 am to 2 pm, teams will participate in a fun day of environmental activities. The New Hampshire Audubon, Seacoast Science Center and Eastern Mountain Sports will sponsor this event and have planned a variety of fun and educational nature-driven activities for the teams. An awards ceremony will also be held at 2:15pm to celebrate each team's success in this summer adventure!

Remember: bring your team's scrap book page with you to this event so we can compile your favorite memories of this summer's Great Park Pursuit. Get creative: Scrapbook pages can have drawings, pictures, objects from nature etc - as long as it will lay flat in our compilation binder.
See a sample scrapbook page created by one of our Great Park Pursuit team members 

Guided Activities

Coastal Walk
Take a guided walk with Seacoast Science Center staff visiting some important landmarks in the southern half of the park. Along the way you'll see the foundation of a fishing shack off the trail near the swings, a military bunker, dolphin fountain, pond, and the First Settler's Monument. There's a lovely view of Whaleback Lighthouse from the First Settler’s Monument and if you look carefully you can also see the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse (bring your binoculars).
Activity times: 10-11am  |  11:30-12:30pm  |  1-2 pm

Live Lobster Program
Touch a live lobster, hear tales of local "lobster lore" and try on a giant lobster costume! Learn about how lobsters feed and why we enjoy eating lobsters with the Seacoast Science Center staff. A lobster trap will also be displayed and explained.
Activity times: 10:15-10:45am  |  11-11:30am  |  12-12:30pm

Tidepooling with a Naturalist
Venture to Odiorne's tide pools and explore the living creatures that thrive and reside under and around the rocks that are covered at high tide and revealed at low tide.  Bring good walking shoes and be prepared to get a bit wet.
Activity times: 10:30-11:30am  |  11:45-12:45pm

Audubon Birdwalk
Join Steve Mirick, field trip leader and author of Birding the New Hampshire Seacoast and Great Bay, on a walk around the Park in search of birds, butterflies and dragonflies. We will search the ocean's edge and the freshwater marsh near Frost Point and try to locate as many species as we can. Bring good walking shoes, sunscreen, and insect repellant.
Activity Times: 10:30-11:30am  |  11:45-12:45pm

Marine Mammal Program and Seaside Charades
Learn about the species and varieties of whales that inhabit our waters with Perrin Chick of the Seacoast Science Center. This is a game oriented activity and youth will explore the size of each variety of whale, how whales move, etc.  There will be opportunity for questions and answers. In addition, Perrin will offer a Seaside Charades activity that may consist of a version of Charades and "Simon Says."  This exciting program will be available for all participants between 1 pm – 2 pm as we prepare for the closing ceremony.
Activity time: 1-2pm


Drop-In Activities (10am - 2pm)

Eastern Mountain Sports Demo
Eastern Mountain Sports will be providing a backpacking, food tasting, camping stove demonstration and a tent to explore! Also, come find out what "minimalist" footwear is all about by talking to one of our Foot Guru trained employees and seeing these cool new shoes!

Lighthouse Crafts
Create a memory of Whaleback Lighthouse using a template, creating background and foreground of the lighthouse using crayons, glue, glitter and sand. You'll learn a little history along the way.

Coastal Critter Creations
Choose a memorable "critter" that you might see when you tidepool at Odiorne. Using black construction paper, chalk, a template if you wish, or your own creative mind, represent the "critter" and his environment. Fill in the outline using torn pieces of paper or strips to make a 3-dimensional picture.  Add a little sand and voila you can bring him home with you!


About the Event Sponsors

New Hampshire Audobon
New Hampshire Audubon, a nonprofit statewide membership organization, is dedicated to the conservation of wildlife and habitat throughout the state. Independent of the National Audubon Society, NHA has offered programs in wildlife conservation, land protection, environmental policy, and environmental education since 1914.

Seacoast Science Center
The Seacoast Science Center, located in historic Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, NH is a flagship institution in the region's cultural economy. A popular destination for families and students to learn about coastal environmental history, the Center creates connections to nature through personal learning experiences in the natural sciences. The Center's mission is met by providing engaging and interactive programs and exhibits. Each year, over 70,000 people visit the Center, 15,000 of whom are students from throughout New England.

Eastern Mountain Sports
No matter what your favorite outdoor activity is, Eastern Mountain Sports has the gear, apparel, and advice you can depend on all 100% guaranteed to perform for you. In addition to top national brands, They're especially proud to offer their own Eastern Mountain Sports brand of apparel, outerwear, and outdoor gear. Designed to perform in the unforgiving, ever-changing weather of New England, if it works for us here, it will work for you ANYWHERE.