Forest Trails

South Shore Natural Science Center

48 Jacobs Ln, Norwell, MA 02061, USA

Owned By: South Shore Natural Science Center

Education center with programming for all ages, located on 30 acres of meadows and woodland with 6 interpretive trails. Home to the EcoZone, a small interactive museum featuring live native animals.


The South Shore Natural Science Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about the natural and cultural environments of the South Shore. Its mission is to provide natural science experiences that educate, excite, and commit every generation to preserve the environment and to encourage responsible use, stewardship and enjoyment of our natural resources.

Trail Description

All six of interpretive trails are marked by colors for easy navigation. They trails vary in lengths and terrain, and traverse a variety of habitats.

The Discovery Trail features elements for play and exercise such as a musical fence, xylophone, sensory box, discovery tables, mushroom hoppers, log path, balance beams and pull up bars. Located close to the main building, the trail is designed to enhance the outdoor family experience.

Habitats and Wildlife

The grounds of the SSNSC include large areas of meadow, forest and swamp.

48 Jacobs Ln, Norwell, MA 02061, USA

Historic Site: No

Park: No

Beach: No

Boat Launch: No

Lifeguards: No

Size: 30 acres

Hours: Monday – Saturday: 9:00am – 5:00pm; Sunday: 11:00am-4:00pm; Closed: Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Years Day

Parking: On-site parking.

Cost: Free for members of SSNSC and SSYMCA. Free admission to art gallery, gift store and trails. Facility: $5.00/Child (2-15 years); $5.00/Adult; Free for children under 2 years.

Trail Difficulty: Easy


Nature center and summer house on 30 acres, 6 interpretive nature trails, outdoor amphitheater and picnic area, greenhouse, interactive exhibits, gift shop, restrooms.

Dogs: No

Boat Ramp: No

ADA Access: Yes

Scenic Views: Yes

Waterbody/Watershed: Third Herring Brook (North River watershed)

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