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 environmental education center 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.

The Seaside Center is generously supported in part by Bruce Contemporaries. brucecontemporaries.org
 

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 Kate Dzikiewicz, kdzikiewicz@brucemuseum.org, 203.413.6747. 

 

Sunday, September 1, 2:00 – 4:00 PM. Connecticut Critters

Family activities all afternoon.

Meet the wildlife of Connecticut with a special live animal program by the Stamford Museum & Nature Center. There will be two half-hour presentations, at 2:00 PM and at 2:30 PM. Learn about our native mammal, bird, reptile, and amphibian species at this exciting family event.

 

Sunday October 6, 2:00 – 3:30 PM. Shellfish Research in Connecticut

Family activities all afternoon.

Sue Baker and Roger Bowgen of the Greenwich Shellfish Commission will discuss the importance of the University of Connecticut and NOAA shellfish research projects to the long term health of Connecticut waters.

 

Sunday November 3, 2:00 – 3:30 PM. The Secret World of Aquarium Jellies

Family activities all afternoon.

Rachel Stein is the Associate Director of Animal Husbandry at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, CT. During her 13 years at the aquarium she has worked primarily with jellies, and has come to be known as the “Jelly Mom.” In this lecture, she will talk about the fascinating life history of these delicate and sometimes deadly creatures. Additionally, she will provide insight as to how they are kept, cared for, and cultured at the Maritime Aquarium.

 

Sunday December 1, 2:00 – 3:30 PM Animal Tracks and Signs

Family activities all afternoon.

Who’s visiting your yard? Paw prints left behind in snow can make it easier to find out. Join the Greenwich Conservation Commission in a discussion on how to identify animals based on tracks and other signs.

 


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 and 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 2019 :  Click here for Summer Program 

     

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

 

  • 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 kdzikiewicz@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 Science at the Seaside Center programs, alert the front gate personnel that you are attending the program or contact kdzikiewicz@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 2019.