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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.
Join us for family-friendly events held on the first Sunday of every month, 1:30 - 4:00 pm.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 3, 1:30 - 4:00 pm: Vermicomposting.
Greenwich Conservation Commission and Greenwich Community Gardens will introduce participants to composting with earthworms. Hands-on activities and demonstrations on how to set up a worm bin, which helps turn kitchen scraps into a valuable soil amendment. Learn about earthworm biology and how to care for their habitat. Activities for the entire family. Free vermicompost bins available while supplies last. One per family, Greenwich residents only.
October 1, 1:30 - 4:00 pm: Greenwich Shellfishing. Greenwich Shellfish Commission will hold a shellfishing demonstration and discuss the new scientific projects involving the Commission in collaboration with UCONN. Plus get an update on new shellfish beds that are being opened in Greenwich waters.
November 5: Film: A Plastic Ocean.
Doors open at 1:30 pm. Film at 2:00 pm
This must-see documentary film follows scientists on a four-year global odyssey to explore the issue of plastics in our oceans and its effect on marine ecosystems and human health, including endocrine disruption. See how you can help. Film: 1hr, 42 min.
November 12. Special Author Presentation: Junk Raft by Marcus Eriksen
Doors open at 1:30 pm. Film at 2:00 pm
In 2008, Marcus Eriksen and a friend traveled 88 days and 2600 miles on a raft made from 15,000 plastic bottles to build awareness and spark a movement to save our seas from plastic pollution.Hear from the author of Junk Raft: An Ocean Voyage and a Rising Tide of Activism to Fight Plastic Pollution.
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
Special daily programs at 11:30 am and 3:30 pm, Click for details.
Tuesday: Coastal Scavenger Hunt and Naturalist's Walk on the Wild Side
Wednesday: Environmental Action for Kids and Shoreline Seining at Low Tide
Thursday: Animal Feeding and Coastal Critters
Friday: Arts and Crafts- Let your creativity float free. Activitiesvary weekly
Saturday: Sound Science and Naturalist's Choice (Changing topics)
Sunday: Animal Feeding and Shoreline Seining and Plankton Tow
Seaside Center highlights:
- Scientific Research. Find a horseshoe crab with a white tag? Call it in! (1-888-LIMULUS)
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 email@example.com.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- To make reservations and discuss programming during the school year, please contact Kathleen Holko, Manager of School and Tour Services, email@example.com or (203) 413-6741.
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 ther front gate personnel that you are attending the program or contact cynthiae@brucemuseumorg for a pass.
For other admissions, regular Park admission fees apply.
From the Town of Greenwich website, Greenwich Point Park entry regulations:
Single Entry Park Passes:
Provides access for individuals to Greenwich Point, Byram Park, Island Beach and Great Captain Island and expire at the end of each season.
NO refunds will be granted including those for weather related issues
Single Entry Park Passes can be obtained:
Online - for those who validated their Greenwich residency for the year click HERE.
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 2017.