Seaside Center

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Summer Season 2019:
Sunday, June 23 – Monday, September 2, 2019

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

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The Seaside Center is generously supported in part by Bruce Contemporaries.


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 Science event. For more information, contact Seaside Center Manager Cynthia Ehlinger at or 203-413-6756 (Mon.- Fri.) until December 28, 2018, thereafter contact Seaside Center Manager Kate Dzikiewicz,, 203.413.6747.

Sunday, December 2, 1:30 - 4:00 pm.
Counting Birds: A History of the Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count

Learn about history and impact of one of the longest running citizen science projects, Audubon's Annual Christmas Bird Count. Seaside Center Manager and Audubon Christmas Bird Count compiler Cynthia Ehlinger will discuss changing trends in bird populations and let you know how to participate in the local count on Decumber 16. 

Sunday, January 6, 1:30 – 4:00 pm. 
Call of Life: Facing the Mass Extinction

Documentary film (1-hour) at 2:00 pm investigates the threat to Earth’s life support systems from the current unprecedented loss of biodiversity. Through interviews with leading biologists, ecologists, social scientists, indigenous leaders, and others, the film explores the causes, the scope, and the potential effects of the mass extinction. Paleontologist and new Bruce Seaside Center Manager and Curatorial Associate Kate Dzikiewicz will lead a discussion following the film. Free admission. No reservations required. Family activities all afternoon.

Sunday, February 3, 1:30 – 4:00 pm.
Living with Coyotes

Family activities related to coyotes all afternoon. 
Presented by the Greenwich Conservation Commission and Greenwich Animal Control at 2:00 pm, a panel of experts, including Allyson Halm from New Canaan Animal Control and Chris Vann from CT DEEP, will discuss the nature of coyotes and practical tips for homeowners and pet owners. The Commission will also distribute homeowner toolkits for living with coyotes.   

Sunday, March 3, 1:30 – 4:00 pm.  
Botany in Connecticut 1820 to 1840

Family botany activities all afternoon.
At 2:00 pm, Matthew Johnson, an authority on early American and British science, will present “Joseph Barratt (1796-1882) Doctor, Botanist, Madman: A Vignette of Botany in Connecticut 1820 to 1840.” Johnson has spent 20 years examining Barratt’s contributions to botany and the natural sciences, visiting archives and botanic gardens in America and Europe. The lecture will be followed by a demonstration by botanist and consulting biologist Elizabeth Corrigan on the preparation of herbarium “vouchers,” the preserved dried plant specimens used by scientists for study. Held to complement the Bruce Museum exhibitionPressed for Time: Botanical Collecting as Genteel Pasttime or Scientific Pursuit? (closing March 3, 2019).