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

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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, May 6, 1:30 - 4:00 pm. Horseshoe Crabs

Hear about the history and biology of horseshoe crabs, their importance to the ecosystem, and the role they play in modern science and medicine. Family activities on the horseshoe crab all afternoon. Held at the Innis Arden Cottage/ Seaside Center, Greenwich Point Park, Old Greenwich. The free event is open to all ages and no reservations or beach passes are needed. Please alert front entry staff that you are attending the First Sunday Science event.  For information, contact Cynthia Ehlinger at cynthiae@brucemuseum.org or 203-413-6756.

Sunday, June 3, 1:30 - 4:00 pm. Lighthouses at Night

 At 2:00 pm, photographer and author David Zapatka discusses his images of Northeastern lighthouses and stars. Family activities on lighthouses and stars all afternoon. Held at the Innis Arden Cottage/ Seaside Center, Greenwich Point Park, Old Greenwich. The free event is open to all ages and no reservations or beach passes are needed. Please alert front entry staff that you are attending the First Sunday Science event.  For information, contact Cynthia Ehlinger at cynthiae@brucemuseum.org or 203-413-6756.

Sunday, July 1, 1:30 - 4:00 pm. Everything Except Honey: The Diversity of Wild Bees

Talk by Nick Dorian at 2:00 pm. There are over 4000 species of bees native to the United States, and over 400 species that can be found in New England. Within these numbers exists a staggering diversity—of form, of color, and of biology. In this talk, you will learn about the diversity of wild bees in New England. We’ll start with an introduction to native bees and pollination and go through several vignettes of common native bees. Then we’ll shift to wild bee conservation and what you can do to help bees in your own backyard, including a demo of how to build a native bee home.

 Nick Dorian is a first-year PhD student at Tufts University in Medford, MA. He studies native cellophane bees and how climate change affects their populations. Further, Nick’s passion for science communication and outreach leads him to share what he knows about pollinators and gardening to anyone willing to listen. When he’s not following bees, Nick photographs birds, writes poetry, and tries to bake the perfect English muffin.

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. TBD.


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

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We look forward to seeing you for First Sunday Science events and in summer 2018.

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 

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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