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Join NECWA for our first annual Pilgrim Belle, Sunset Social. Enjoy a relaxing night out with the family in an old-fashioned paddle-wheel boat, the Pilgrim Belle. We sail from the Mayflower State Pier in Plymouth the evening of Saturday, August 22nd from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
As the sun sets on Plymouth Harbor, listen to the gentle whooshing sound of the paddle wheels as the boat moves through the channel. Meet Krill Carson, Mary Nash, and the other staff members of NECWA as well as our amazing summer interns.
While out on the water, enjoy an ice cream social. Choose a bowl of vanilla or chocolate ice cream and personalize it with various toppings.
$25 for adults
$20 for seniors 62+
$15 for kids 5 - 12
free for kids under 4
All proceeds will go to support NECWA's many projects and activities that help protect and conserve our unique coastal marine wildlife.
To learn more or to register, go to our Constant Contact Event site by clicking
The Pilgrim Belle company will offer a cash bar for alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
NECWA will offer two different raffles while offshore. One will be for NECWA swag like a NECWA t-shirt or sweatshirt. The other will be a 50/50 raffle. So bring small bills if you want to participate in our onboard raffles.
Thank you for your support and we hope you can join us for this fun and relaxing event.
We had a fabulous day offshore aboard the Son IV with Provincetown Whale Watch. Feeding finbacks, humpbacks, and basking sharks. And hundreds of shearwaters including Cory's, great, and sooty. Enjoy the video!
On our whale watch yesterday with Plymouth Whale Watching, we witnessed a tender moment between Spoon and her calf of this season. As mom was resting at the surface, the baby was rolling next to her, touching mom with its flipper and rolling on top of her head. Enjoy the video taken of this very special pair.
Boarding time - 7:30 am Departure Time - 8 am sharp - do not be late Dock - Mayflower II State Pier Vessel - the Son IV Company - Plymouth Whale Watching Marine Forecast - click HERE
Who to contact: Krill Carson 508-566-0009 or firstname.lastname@example.org
6/13/15 - Trip is still a go and we still have a full boat. See you tomorrow at 7:30 am
6/9/2015 - Trip is a go and we have a full boat.
Please be down at the docks by 7:30 am and be ready to board.
We will leave at 8 am sharp.
Bring as little as you can due to space issues.
You can bring your own food and drink, but no glass and no alcohol.
You can purchase (cash only) breakfast and lunch items from our full galley. Most are homemade.
Bring small bills for the purchase of food, drinks and NECWA merchandise that will be on sale.
NECWA t-shrits, sweatshirts, hats and other merchandise will be available for sal. Again, small bills please.
For the galley and merchandise, we only accept cash. No credit cards please.
Use the link above to keep an eye out on the weather. The marine forecast is for Stellwagen Bank.
Use the information below from Park Plymouth to find a good parking spot for all day. There are a few free lots that are a 10 minute walk from the boat. If you park in the Jenny Lot, walk behind the Jenny Grist Mill from the parking lot to access the path through the park. This path leads you down to the waterfront and is a beautiful walk.
Looking forward to an amazing trip.
Contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Galley: cash only - small bills please
Breakfast - homemade donuts, muffins, bagels, hot coffee, tea and cold drinks
Lunch - homemade clam chowder, homemade turkey chili, vegetarian chili, made-to-order deli sandwiches (roast beef, turkey, ham, or hummus).
Desserts: brownies, cookies, etc.
Drinks: water, coffee (caffeine and non), tea (caffeine and non), seltzers, ginger ale, Coke/Pepsi, Sprite
Check out this amazing deal with Plymouth Whale Watching. Also, they have a Groupon deal and a Living Social deal for other week and weekend days.
Plymouth Whale Watching leaves out of the Mayflower II State Pier. This is the only company in Plymouth that would accept the NECWA interns. So lets show our support for this company by choosing them when heading offshore.
Not only do they allow NECWA interns onboard, but they also allow naturalist and interns to collect sighting data on all marine wildlife seen from the vessel.
This information is being shared with other research organizations and is added to a long-term database on marine wildlife in our New England waters.
Thanks Plymouth Whale Watching for caring about the future of our young marine biologists and the future of our marine wildlife offshore.
To learn more about the trips this company offers, go to www.plymouthwhalewatching.com
Join Krill Carson, the NECWA interns and Plymouth Whale Watching for a very special first trip to the 2015 whale watch season. What better way to celebrate Mother's Day!
Join us for a whale watch on Sunday, May 10th. Tickets are $25 for this special Mother's Day Event. We leave aboard the Son IV from the State Pier at 10 am.
We will be heading to Stellwagen Bank and the waters of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary to view a variety of marine wildlife. We hope to have amazing views of endangered baleen whales like humpback whales, finback whales, and North Atlantic right whales. We could see other marine wildlife as well, including grey seals, basking sharks and seabirds.
Call for your reservation today and lets kick off the 2015 whale watch season in style!
On Monday, April 20th, NECWA had a great time at Right Whale Days sponsored by the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Mary, Val and Krill worked with the kids to make and decorate origami right whales and right whale flukes. Not only did we have lots of fun, but we also were able to sneak in a lot of content and information about whales and other marine wildlife.
Lots of fun by one and all. The New Bedford Whaling Museum is a fabulous place to visit and is appropriate for kids of all ages. Check out their website at www.whalingmuseum.org
We had a great time at the second annual Herring Run Festival in Middleboro this spring. Over 6,500 attended this two day event. Not only were the numbers of participants strong, but the herring were strong.
NECWA created a new activity just for this festival. Krill created a "Herring Heart" activity where kids could color and learn about river herring and their importance to the food web. The kids had lots of fun decorating their heart and we did too.
A big thank you to the NECWA staff and interns who volunteered their time to man the NECWA tent over the course of this festival. Thank you to Krill, Mary, Will, Amanda, Jack and Mary Lou.
Thanks to everyone who attended our first annual paint night at Studio Life Arts in Fall River. We had a great time painting a humpback whale fluking off Race Point, Provincetown. Many NECWA staff, interns and friends joined us for what turned out to be an incredible evening.
A big thank you to Holi and Ronda from Studio Life Arts for a job well done. We had so much fun that we hope to return soon for another paint night event!