Seaside Center

Generously sponsored by Osprey Private Client.


There is no admission fee for the Seaside Center. However, from May through October both residents and non-residents need a beach pass to enter Greenwich Point Park, where the Seaside Center is located. See more information under Admission below.

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

Blue Crab

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Bruce Museum Seaside Center  

The Seaside Center is a beachside museum located in Greenwich Point Park, Old Greenwich,  about 6 1/2 miles from the main Bruce Museum in Greenwich.Located in the Floren Family Environmental Center at Innis Arden Cottage, Greenwich Point Park, Old Greenwich, CT

Daily programs at 11:30 am and 3:30 pm during the summer season.

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. No reservations required. All ages welcome. For more information, contact Seaside Center Manager Cynthia Ehlinger at cynthiae@brucemuseum.org.

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. 

 

 


Bruce Museum Seaside Center 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 and volunteers

Summer programs for 2018 :

Drop by for ongoing programs at 11:30 am and 3:30 pm all summer, through Labor Day. 

Click here for directions to the Seaside Center.

Click here to help us raise funds for the Seaside Center at Innis Arden Cottage.

Seaside Center highlights:

Special thanks to Sam Larder "Oceans are Talking" for the use of Recycle. 
  • Scientific Research.  Find a horseshoe crab with a white tag? Call it in! (1-888-LIMULUS)

Volunteers

Looking for a volunteer position this summer? High School and College Students, learn about the ecology of the Long Island Sound and share your knowledge with visitors. The Seaside Center is always looking for volunteers throughout the summer months to help coordinate and supervise programming and activities at Bruce Museum’s Seaside Center at Greenwich Point. Students with an interest in environmental education should contact Volunteer Program Manager Mary Ann Lendenmann at 203-413-6746 or mlendenmann@brucemuseum.org.

Groups

  • Groups of 10 or more require advance reservations.
  • Groups will be charged a fee.
  • To make reservations and discuss programming during the summer, please contact Cynthia Ehlinger, Seaside Center Manager, at 203-413-6756 or cynthiae@brucemuseum.org.
  • To make reservations and discuss programming during the school year, please contact Kathleen Holko, Manager of School and Tour Services, kholko@brucemuseum.org or (203) 413-6741.

Admission:

There is no admission fee for the Seaside Center. However, from May through October both residents and non-residents need a beach pass to enter Greenwich Point Park, where the Seaside Center is located.

Greenwich Point Park Admission:

For admission to First Sunday Bird Walks and First Sunday Science at the Seaside Center programs, alert the front gate personnel that you are attending the program or contact cynthiae@brucemuseumorg for information.

For other admissions, regular Park admission fees apply.

From the Town of Greenwich website, Greenwich Point Park entry regulations: 

Single Entry Park Passes can be obtained:  

In person - at the locations and hours of operation listed below 

·  Eastern Greenwich Civic Center (May1-October 31) - Mon.-Fri., 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

·  Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center (May 1-Sept. 15) - Mon.-Fri., 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

·  Not available for purchase on weekends or holidays

·  Not available for purchase at Town Hall

Click here to learn more about the beach pass for 2018.

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