Seaside Center at Greenwich Point opens June 23

Darcy O’Brien and Robert Otto. kick off the new season.

Darcy O’Brien and Robert Otto. kick off the new season.

Against the backdrop of Experience The Sound — an event that features programs and activities promoting community awareness of coastal marine life, nature and the environment — the Seaside Center will open for the summer season on Sunday, June 23 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Located at the Innis Arden Cottage on Greenwich Point, the Bruce Museum Seaside Center is an environmental and cultural facility at which programs are offered that explore the shore and sound on one of the East Coast’s most scenic coastlines.

“Raising awareness of issues impacting Long Island Sound is a priority,” said Peter Linderoth, who not only runs the Outreach Education program at the Bruce Museum but also serves as manager of the Seaside Center. “We strive to educate visitors about this unique ecosystem and promote realistic, sustainable choices for its conservation, so launching our summer programming at this event is ideal.”

Mr. Linderoth also noted that the Seaside Center has numerous programs for children and their parents.

“During the summer months, our staff and volunteers invite visitors to Greenwich Point to drop-in and explore the local shore and marine life through the activities we have developed for people to experience the biodiversity that exists around them.

“And with daily activities which include guided nature walks that focus on the geology and ecology of Greenwich Point, study and identification of Greenwich Point flora and fauna, seining for marine specimens, marine organism anatomy dissections, plankton viewing with microscopes and arts & crafts, families often come to the Point just to visit the Seaside Center,” he said.

Visitors may also enjoy the Seaside Center facilities at their own leisurely pace while viewing the dioramas, interactive exhibits and live specimens in the marine-life touch tank and aquariums.

With a degree in environmental studies and having worked as a backwoods host and guide for raft and kayak expeditions and tundra tours in Gakona, Alaska, Mr. Linderoth is well-suited to his position at the Seaside Center. Additionally, Mr. Linderoth hires and trains naturalists/educators to work at the center each season.

“When you visit the Seaside Center this summer you will meet Darcy O’Brien and Robert Otto who, as experienced naturalists and educators, will be running many of the family-friendly programs we offer.”

Ms. O’Brien is a Connecticut native who spent summers in Greenwich visiting family.

She holds dual degrees from UConn, — a BA in anthropology and a BS in natural resources, fisheries and wildlife conservation — is certified in museum studies and recently completed her Master’s degree.

As a field research assistant, Ms. O’Brien participated in the Patagonia Research Expeditions, collecting and inventorying local flora and fauna and conducting a guanaco census.

As a local, Mr. Otto is very familiar with the various habitats at Greenwich Point and throughout town. He grew up visiting the Bruce Museum and the Point and took honors courses in oceanography and marine biotechnology at Greenwich High School.

Mr. Otto has advanced academic experience and an educational background that includes geology, marine geology and environmental studies. He has also done extensive field work in places near and far and is a published author.

The programming at the Seaside Center for this summer will appeal to people of all ages, according to Mr. Linderoth.

“Darcy, Robert and I look forward to taking our visitors through activities and experiences that will introduce them to and inform them about the broad range of life-forms within our local ecosystem,” he said.

The Seaside Center will be open June 23 through Sept. 2. Regular hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is free. Beach passes are required for entrance into Greenwich Point. (Fees for non-residents are $6 per person, with adults 65+ years and children up to four years for free, plus $20 for parking. Visit the town of Greenwich website for details.)

For additional information call the Bruce Museum at 203-413-6742 or visit brucemuseum.org.

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