Seaside Center

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Generously sponsored by Bruce Contemporaries.


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.

For First Sunday Science events, the fee is waived.

See more information under Admission below.

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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 (through December 2018) or Seaside Center Manager Kate Dzikiewicz, kdzikiewicz@brucemuseum.org, 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).

 


Bruce Museum Seaside Center 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 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.

Current weather report for the Seaside Center

 

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 Kate Dzikiewcz, Seaside Center Manager, at 203-413-6747 or kdzikiewcz@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, 2018, 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.