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It’s a Hard Dock Life: Finding and Identifying Marine Invasive Species

Saturday, September 23, 2023

It’s a Hard Dock Life: Finding and Identifying Marine Invasive Species

Date & Time

Saturday, September 23, 2023

Time Slot(s):

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Guests may come any time during the event window they register for. Once done searching for invasive marine creatures, we encourage you to visit the Maritime Gloucester Campus for more fun!

Reservation Required

You can register for this event here. Space is limited!


Join us on the pier to pull up dock lines and see what marine creatures we can find! Using magnifying glasses, microscopes, and identification cards, we’ll discover as many marine invasive critters as we can. After investigating the dock, we encourage families to explore the Maritime Gloucester Campus, including the Seapocket Aquarium, the Marine Science & Education Center, and Gorton’s Seafood Gallery of Maritime Heritage in Gloucester, all free of charge.

Special Instructions

Please prepare to be outside on the pier and dock for this event (comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes). We’ll provide life jackets, which will be required for participants under 12 while navigating our dock.

Weather Restrictions

This event will be cancelled in the event of thunder or lightening.


Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Partnership, Maritime Gloucester, and Merrimack Valley Planning Commission





23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA 01930

23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA 01930



Accessible / Wheelchair or stroller accommodating

Fun for Kids

Parking Available

Restrooms Available

Event Category

  • Maritime
  • Museum
  • Nature / Science

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