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

October 2, 1:30 – 4:00 pm. Birds of Prey, Live! See live raptors up close from New Canaan Nature Center from 2 – 3 pm. Learn about hawks and owls including adaptations, behavior, ecological importance and natural history. Throughout the afternoon, discover what makes Greenwich Point an “Important Bird Area,” how to participate in the hawk watch at Audubon Greenwich, and what you can do to help birds. Co-sponsored by Friends of Greenwich Point and Bruce Museum.

November 6, 1:30 – 4:00 pm. Discover Shellfishing. Members of the Greenwich Shellfish Commission will demonstrate shellfishing techniques and talk about how to collect your own delicious clams and oysters from local waters. Co-sponsored by Greenwich Shellfish Commission and Bruce Museum.

December 4, 1:30 – 4:00 pm. Sharks and their Parasites. Kaitlin Gallagher, PhD Candidate, UConn, Storrs. At 2 pm, learn about sharks and how they function as a host organism. Find out how parasites connect sharks to other species, and what studying tapeworms can tell us about sharks’ diet, location, pollution levels, and more. Fun science of shark activites all afternoon. 

January 1, 1:30 – 4:00 pm. Polar Bears. After the Polar Bear Plunge at noon, warm up with polar bear activities all afternoon. At 2 pm, watch a video that follows scientists who, with the help of Inuit hunters, study the health and future of polar bears off the coast of Greenland.

February 5, TBD

March 5, Testing the Waters

April 2, Earth Day Month Kick-off

May 7, TBD

June 4,  Emsway Water Safety Day


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