Year-Round Youth Programs

Adventure awaits at the Onset Bay Center!


Group Field Trips:

Take experiential education to the next level on and around Onset Bay with year-round, hands-on activities aligned with MA curriculum standards! Onset Bay Center is now offering field trips to all groups and schools to augment existing science, STEM, and social-emotional curriculum. Through activities like crabbing, shellfishing, sailing and paddling adventures, ecological observations and experiments, learn and discover for yourself all that Onset Bay has to offer. Click here to learn more and schedule your group field today!


Fall Afterschool Clubs: To register, visit our Youth and Teen Programs Page!

Boatbuilding Club: Open to all High School students Grades 8-12, Fall session starting September, dates TBD

Under the guidance of experienced boat builder and teachers, work alongside your peers to build your very own Wickets Skiffs, practicing engineering, teamwork, and seamanship through hands-on construction, and cast off on your creation once it’s complete! Snacks provided each day!


Bay Explorers Club: Open to Elementary, Middle School, and High School students Tuesdays/Thursdays, Sept. 19 – Nov. 16.

Try out all that Onset Bay Center has to offer this Fall! This afterschool program runs 9 weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 19 – Nov. 16. Get the best of both worlds as you spend a day out on the water and another day beach-side doing some exploration activities! This program is FREE and open to all children in first grade through high school!

What to expect: Each week, participants will spend one day engaged in watersports and one day engaged in bay exploration.

Watersports: Get out on Onset Bay and learn the basics of kayaking, sailing, paddleboarding, and exploring as you work on key watersport skills. Hone your skills alongside your peers, and discover your new favorite activities out on the water!

Beach and Land-based exploration: Come explore with us! Weekly activities include: fishing and crabbing; beach exploration and play; shell, plant, and animal identification; nature arts & crafts; bay ecology exploration; and environmental action efforts. This program allows for discovery, learning, and play in an outdoor setting while promoting team work, respect, and environmental awareness and stewardship.

Snacks provided each day!

What to bring: Comfortable clothing to move around, considering the weather. Closed toed shoes. Warm layers to be outside each day, consider wind and temperature. Extra set of clothes and shoes. NO cotton or denim clothing- wool, fleece, or other synthetic fabrics are best. Rain boots, and rain pants and snow boots and snow pants are a must on wet days. We will out on the water, on the beach, and in the center for our programs, so please dress accordingly!


A smiling girl holding up a quahog shell on East Beach


Upcoming Events

Buzzards Bay Swim – Registration Now Open!
Sat, June 22
6:30AM - 10:30AM
Fort Phoenix State Reservation,
Falmouth Road Race
Sun, August 18
Woods Hole to Falmouth Heights,
Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride
Sun, October 06
Sakonnnet Point to Woods Hole,