Get ‘Shell Shocked’ at Seaside Center

The Seaside Center has proved to be a popular family destination and will be screening a documentary this weekend as part of a day of educational events.

The Seaside Center has proved to be a popular family destination and will be screening a documentary this weekend as part of a day of educational events.

Science will be on the minds of people visiting the Seaside Center this weekend for a special event.

The award-winning documentary film ShellShocked: Saving Oysters to Save Ourselves will be screened as part of the First Sunday Science at the Bruce Museum Seaside Center event on Sunday, Jan. 5.

This program, which includes both indoor and outdoor activities, takes place from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Innis Arden Cottage in Greenwich Point Park. The event is free and all ages are welcome to learn about harvesting shellfish from the Greenwich Shellfish Commission and taste a fresh local clam or oyster at the raw bar provided by Atlantic Clam Farms.

The live animal marine tank will allow close up views of animals from the Long Island Sound. Outdoor adventurers are encouraged to wear waterproof footgear and get a hands-on experience digging for clams.

The 40-minute documentary will air at 2:30 p.m.. In it, filmmaker Emily V. Driscoll follows efforts to bring wild oysters back to New York Harbor in order to restore the waterway. It features third-generation ocean explorer and conservationist Fabien Cousteau, best-selling author Mark Kurlansky, aquatic invertebrate ecologist Kyle Bennett, director of NY/NJ Baykeeper’s oyster restoration program Meredith Comi and others.

Today, because of overfishing and pollution, wild oyster reefs have been declared “the most severely impacted marine habitat on Earth” and no longer play a role in their ecosystems. Now scientists, government officials, artists and environmentalists are fighting to bring oysters back to the former oyster capital of the world — New York Harbor.

The film will be followed by discussion led by town of Greenwich shellfish commissioners and educators Roger Bowgen, Frank Cantelmo and Sue Baker.

This event is part of a series of family-oriented, science presentations organized by the Bruce Museum held on the first Sunday of every month and it is designed to complements the current exhibition Oysters: Pearls of Long Island Sound at The Bruce Museum.

The Bruce Museum Seaside Center is located on the beach at the Innis Arden Cottage at Greenwich Point in Old Greenwich. Admission to the park is free to all during the winter months.

For more information, contact Cynthia Ehlinger at [email protected] or 203-413-6756.

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