Educational Workshops

An important part of the Wareham Oyster Festival is the series of informational workshops that are held during the week prior to the Festival. Here are last year’s events — watch this space for this year’s calendar, coming soon!

Learn to Quahog Workshop

Monday, May 21, 6-7:30pm

This event is SOLD OUT! Click here for other workshop dates.


Aquaculture Research at Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Tuesday, May 22, 7 p.m.

We’ll hear from students at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s Aquaculture Program about their research on determining optimal shellfish stocking density, a collaboration between MMA and the Town of Bourne. Students will also discuss other current research, including benthic mapping of Buzzards Bay, monitoring local lobster shell disease, and culturing oysters and phytoplankton.

Attendees receive a complimentary cup of Lindsey’s famous seafood bisque; special menu and cash bar are also available.

Location: Lindsey’s Family Restaurant, 3138 Cranberry Highway, East Wareham

Free, but preregistration is required. Click here to register.

In Hot Water: How Global Warming Affects Massachusetts Sea Life

Thursday, May 24, 7 p.m.

Global warming has a dramatic impact on the ocean ecosystem. With reductions in sea ice, sea level rise, and ocean acidification, climate change affects thousands of marine species. In this talk, we will explore the effects of climate change on sea turtles, seals, and whales found in Massachusetts waters.

Presented by: Kathy Zagzebski, the National Marine Life Center’s President/Executive Director. Previously, she worked at The Marine Mammal Center in California and the Georgia Coastal Management Program. Kathy has volunteered for marine mammal projects in California, Hawaii, North Carolina, Georgia, and Massachusetts. She earned her BA from Augustana College and her MEM from Duke University.

Location: National Marine Life Center, 120 Main Street, Buzzards Bay.

The program is free, but preregistration is required. Click here to register.

Captain John Kendrick Maritime Museum Tours

During the Festival from noon to 4 p.m., tours every half hour

The Captain John Kendrick Maritime Museum located at 124 Main Street, Wareham, will be open during the Wareham Oyster Festival on Sunday, May 27, 2018.. Tours will be held every half hour from noon to 4 p.m.

Learn more about the museum here.