Seaside Center

Brown-belted Bumble Bee on Thistle by Ross Eatman. Copyright Sharp-Eatman Nature Photography

Blue Crab

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

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


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, August 5, 1:30 - 4:00 pm. Blue Crabs

At 2:00 pm, Tim Visel, former lobsterman who now is the Coordinator at New Haven's Sound School, discusses the status of Blue Crabs in the Sound and along the East Coast as well as new discoveries in understanding their larval stages. Explore the crabs of LI Sound all afternoon.

Sunday, September 2, 1:30 - 4:00 pm.
Saving Animals From Extinction: Tales of Species Recovery in Connecticut and Beyond 

At 2:00 pm and again at 2:35 pm, zoologist and Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo's Curator of Education Jim Knox share a few live wild animals to help us explore the international state of biodiversity and profile the zoo’s work with Species Survival Plans in Connecticut and beyond. Learn how you can help protect our planet's most imperiled and majestic creatures.

Sunday, October 7, 1:30 - 4:00 pm. TBD (Lobsters)

Sunday, November 4, 1:30 - 4:00 pm. Shellfishing Demonstration

Join the Greenwich Shellfish Commission for a discussion of the status of shellfish in the Long Island Sound and hands-on demonstration of harvesting clams and oysters in local waters. 

Sunday, December 2, 1:30 - 4:00 pm. Counting Birds

Learn about history and impact of one of the longest running citizen science projects, Audubon's Annual Christmas Bird Count.