Emilson Floor Renovations begins May 16 and basketball courts are unavailable at this time. Please visit Hale Family Y for indoor basketball.

South Shore Natural Science Center

48 Jacobs Lane
Norwell, MA 02061
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Facility Hours:

Mon – Sat: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sun: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Scheduled Closures:

New Years Day CLOSED
Memorial Day CLOSED
Independence CLOSED
Labor Day CLOSED
Thanksgiving CLOSED
Christmas Day CLOSED

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The YMCA’s South Shore Natural Science Center is dedicated to providing natural science education and experiences that energize, excite and commit all generations to appreciate and preserve the environment and our natural resources.

Summer Program Registration begins Monday May 20 for Y Members

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Located on 30 acres with a pond, meadows, woodlands and trails, the Science Center is home to our Nature Center Preschool, EcoZone, Children’s Garden and wooded trails. Come for a weekend visit to meet native animals and hike our trails!

  • Nature Center and Summer House on 30 acres
  • Six Interpretive Nature Trails
  • Access to 200 Acres of Conservation Land
  • Coe’s Greenhouse
  • Interactive Exhibits

South Shore Natural Science Center Nature Adventures Summer Day Camp

The Nature Center Preschool

Nature Center Preschool supports young children’s investigations and ignites their passion for learning. By highlighting the interconnectedness of humans with the natural world, we provide a foundation of stewardship, inquiry, and innovative thinking. We are licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, providing traditional preschool program with hands-on learning for the naturally curious young child. As preschoolers ask questions, teachers encourage them to find the answers through discussion, making guesses, using their senses, and experimenting. This use of the scientific method opens up pathways to lifelong learning in all curriculum areas.

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