Bruce Museum Seaside Center unveils summer events


Naturalist Tim Walsh shows a young visitor some animals at the Bruce Museum Seaside Center. –James Finn for Bruce Museum

Naturalist Tim Walsh shows a young visitor some animals at the Bruce Museum Seaside Center. –James Finn for Bruce Museum

It’s set to be a lively summer at the Bruce Museum Seaside Center located in the Innis Arden Cottage at Greenwich Point Park.

Featuring live-animal marine touch tank and aquaria, seashore dioramas, helpful naturalists and daily family activities, the Seaside Center is open through Sept. 1, Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center staff and volunteers also collect data for the Long Island Sound biodiversity database.

First Sunday Science at the Seaside Center programs are held from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month and focus on a variety of topics including the animals and plants of Long Island Sound and current environmental issues. The Bruce Museum is spearheading these collaboratively organized programs with regional organizations that work towards a sustainable future for Long Island Sound and surrounding watershed.

Marine biologist Sue Baker will lead off the First Sunday Science family programs with a focus on the plants and animals that live in the intertidal zone on Sunday, July 6.

Find out more about the research and sampling techniques that help scientists understand Long Island Sound when Bruce Museum Outreach Director Peter Linderoth and Seaside Naturalists leads the First Sunday Science program Aug. 3 and will seine the waters and gather data on the biodiversity of the site. An indoor craft activity is also available. Be prepared to get your feet wet.

The Bruce Museum Seaside Center also invites visitors to take part in their daily activities. Help center staff collect data for the Long Island Sound biodiversity database during lowtide on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. Wednesdays at noon, guests can join staff as they feed the aquarium creatures, followed by a squid dissection at 2 p.m.

A coastal scavenger hunt will be held every Thursday during the season. Participants will search the shore during low tide today, July 3, and then on July 17 and 31 and Aug. 14, 28 at 11 a.m. and July 10, 24, Aug. 7, 21 at 3 p.m.

Fridays will feature seaweed pressing at 11 a.m. and an arts and crafts session from 1 to 4 p.m. The center invites visitors to take part in story time each Saturday at 11 a.m., as well as a Natural Choice event at 3 p.m.

Sunday presents another chance for guests to join in for animal feeding at noon, along with another seining session at 2 p.m. Guests are also invited to examine microscopic organisms caught in the center’s plankton net.

The program is free. No reservations are necessary, but a beach pass is required for park entry. See  the town of Greenwich website at for beach pass information.

For information, call 203-413-6756 weekdays or email [email protected]

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