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

February 12: Sex in the Sea
Marah J. Hardt, PhD.

Perfect for Valentine’s Day! At 2 pm, scientist, author and researcher Marah Hardt will talk about her popular science book Sex in the Sea: Our Intimate Connection with Sex-Changing Fish, Romantic Lobsters, Kinky Squid, and Other Salty Erotica of the Deep, exploring the weird and wild reproductive habits of marine animals and why understanding these strategies matters. Fun marine valentine activities for all ages all afternoon. *Note this date is the second Sunday in February.

March 5: Testing the Waters Panel Discussion
Learn about assessing the water quality of Long Island Sound and using citizen science to restore clean water to the Sound and nearby waters. Hear from Save the Sound Executive Director Curt Johnson, Earthplace's Harbor Watch Director Sarah Crosby, Greenwich Health Department's Division of Environmental Services Director Mike Long, Greenwich Shellfish Commissioner Roger Bowgen and Greenwich Conservation Director Denise Savageau. Panel discussion 2 - 3:15 pm, plus family activities all afternoon.

April 2: Earth Day Month Celebration! Amazing Mammals from Animal Embassy and Top to Top Global Climate Expedition.
Kick off Earth Day Month and take an environmental journey around the world. At 1:45pm and again at 2:30pm, meet live Animal Ambassadors representing a diversity of habitats from around the globe such as South American Chinchillas, a Lionhead Rabbit, an African Hedgehog and an Australian Sugar Gliders. At 3:15pm hear about global climate change from a family that is sailing the world to inspire action. Co-sponsored by Bruce Museum and Friends of Greenwich Point.

May 7: Bees and Wasps of Connecticut: Seizing the Seasons
Parker Gambino, PhD.

Connecticut has a wide variety of bees and wasps, which are important members of our local ecosystems.  Bees are essential as plant pollinators, but the familiar honeybee is only one of hundreds of bee species found regionally, each with its own specialized adaptations for survival.  Wasps play a different role, as predators of other insects.  Dr. Gambino will present a slide show about these fascinating insects, and will have part of his collection on display and available for examination.  After the talk, take a guided walk around Greenwich Point to observe these insects in action and learn more about their habits.
The "bee lady" Beth Boyer will be on hand with fun and easy bee activities for younger visitors as well as a frame from her demonstation hive. 

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


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