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Northeastern University is proud of its partnership with Nahant, Massachusetts, going back more than 50 years.

There is a long history of collaboration between the Town of Nahant and Northeastern to protect ocean and marine life around Nahant and beyond. Northeastern marine science faculty have offered many hours of free scientific consultation and have joined forces many times over the years with the Town, SWIM, advocates, and community stakeholders to secure secondary sewage treatment and a long outfall in waters many miles out from Nahant, prevent cruise ship discharge off Nahant, and study and manage Boston Harbor coastal and estuarine ecosystems. The Marine Science Center has also monitored water quality around Nahant, led annual Nahant beach cleanups, created an audio tour of East Point for residents, housed commercial beekeeping onsite, and provided many education and outreach programs for local students.

For more than 50 years, Northeastern has been a collaborative partner with the Town of Nahant and provides over $165,000 in cash and in-kind benefits annually to the Nahant community. This includes $100,000 for four half-tuition undergraduate scholarships for Nahant residents to attend Northeastern. It also includes $25,000 in funding for the Johnson Elementary School Art and Music program. Northeastern also provides scholarships for K-12 Nahant students to attend the Marine Science Center’s summer Coastal Ocean Science Academy, paid student internships, and free public lectures and films for Nahant residents. The university also hosts community fundraisers and events at no cost at the Marine Science Center and is a proud sponsor of the Nahant Little League.

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Local teens get hands-on learning at Marine Science Center

Northeastern’s Marine Science Center kicked off its outreach field season on Tuesday by hosting teenagers from a school in Lynn, who spent the morning exploring marine life along the center’s rocky shores, learning about biodiversity at the center’s touch tanks, and engaging with Northeastern researchers who are studying everything from salt marshes to the physiology and health of corals.

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Nahant from above

Marine Science Center to celebrate 50th anniversary at annual open house

Where can you see markings from the world’s oldest mollusks, learn about oyster diseases, and meet a scuba diver—all in the same day? At the Marine Science Center’s free open house on Saturday, which will coincide with the center’s 50th anniversary.

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Students learn the concept of animal stranding and why it happens during the High School Marine Science Symposium

Inspiring the next generation of marine scientists

Northeastern hosted some 250 area high school students last week for the Boston High School Marine Science Symposium. The event, presented by Northeastern and the Massachusetts Marine Educators, stays with the young participants “long after the event is over,” said the symposium coordinator.

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