Seaside Center

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Fred Elser First Sunday Science at the Seaside Center
Year-round. Open on the first Sunday of each month.

Free. Family activities throughout the afternoon and talks by experts in the field.  No pass required November - April. Complimentary admission for First Sunday programs May - October. For more information, contact Seaside Center Manager Cynthia Ehlinger at cynthiae@brucemuseum.org

Special Event: June 25 Experience the Sound 
Presented by the Greenwich Shellfish Comission in conjunction with the Seaside Center Grand Opening

July 2: Exploring the Long Island Sound from the Bottom
Captain Dennis Habza of SqualusMarine.com will give a video presentation on his expeditions to local shipwrecks, their history, and his underwater adventures. He also will talk about local marine life and the importance of marine environmental awareness. Fun, family activities and marine tank all afternoon. 

August 6: All About Algae.
Dr. Craig Schneider, Trinity College, will talk about deep water algae from Bermuda collected by submersible and rebreather diving, and will show some underwater movies as part of the talk. Simona Augyte, PhD candidate will also speak about local algae and help identify local seaweeds specimens. Algae are photosynthetic organisms that come in many sizes and colors, produce more than 71% of the Earth's oxygen, and are used in hundreds of products. Learn why you should know more about them. Make your own seaweed pressing

September 3: Vermicomposting
Greenwich Conservation Commission and Greenwich Community Gardens will introduce participants to composting with earthworms. Hands-on activities and demonstrations on how to set up a worm bin, which helps turn kitchen scraps into a valuable soil amendment. Learn about earthworm biology and how to care for their habitat. Activities for the entire family. Free vermicompost bins available while supplies last. One per family, Greenwich residents only.

Summer Season: Sunday, June 25 – Monday, September 4, 2017
Tuesday - Sunday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Seaside Center educates visitors about the ecology of Long Island Sound and features:

  • Live-animal marine touch tank open year-round
  • Four marine aquaria of local species open seasonally 
  • Seashore dioramas of summer and winter birds, fish, and other local species, and an underwater oyster reef
  • Environmental activities and video presentations
  • Helpful naturalists