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. Complimentary admission for First Sunday programs May - October by alerting front gate staff that you are coming for the First Sunday Sceince event. For more information, contact Seaside Center Manager Cynthia Ehlinger at or 203-413-6756 (Mon.- Fri.).

Sunday, March 4, 1:30 – 4:00 pm.  Return of the Osprey.

Producer and filmmaker Jacob Steinberg will show segments of his new feature-length documentary Osprey. Incorporating the latest in high-frame-rate equipment, infrared, drone aerials, underwater and time-lapse photography, the film combines state-of-the-art technology with compelling storytelling to bring the remarkable drama of a life-long pair of ospreys from Greenwich, Connecticut, to the screen. In addition, Genevieve Nuttall will talk about Connecticut Audubon Society’s Osprey Nation program, a citizen-science program designed to monitor the health of our state’s ospreys, and engage volunteers who would like to participate. 

Sunday, April 1. Easter Sunday. No program.

Sunday, May 6, 1:30 - 4:00 pm. Horseshoe Crabs. 

Sunday, June 3, 1:30 - 4:00 pm. Lighthouses at Night.

Sunday, July 1, 1:30 - 4:00 pm. Bee Happy.

Sunday, August 5, 1:30 - 4:00 pm. TBD.

Sunday, September 2, 1:30 - 4:00 pm. TBD.

Summer Season 2018: Sunday, June 24 – Monday, September 3, 2018

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

The Seaside Center is generously supported in part by Osprey Private Client.