Classroom Programs

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We bring Narragansett Bay to you

The classroom programs listed below emphasize hands-on exploration and are available year-round for schools, community groups, and camps. They are designed to be a vehicle to aid teachers in helping their students achieve the Rhode Island Grade Span Expectations for science and the Next Generation Science Standards.

Grades: Programs are customized to every grade level and teachers' requirements.
Length: 45-60 minutes
Cost: $150 for one program; $80 for each consecutive program; up to four (4) programs per day.
Note: Rate based on up to 30 students per group. Multiple programs can be done to fit more students.

BaySide Stories

Designed for little children, this program includes a story time on a Bay animal, encounters with live critters like meeting with ever popular 'Seastar' and 'Crabby' and having fun with Bay-related crafts! 

Bay Experience

A perennial favorite, this program teaches students about the anatomy and adaptations of Bay creatures through observation of live animals that we bring to your classroom. Save The Bay educators arrive with a cooler containing three to four species for the class to study. After an age-appropriate introduction to Narragansett Bay, kids meet the animals one at a time, with special attention paid to the unique adaptations and anatomy of each critter. 


We create a miniature version of a beach right in your classroom! Students use it to search for and identify shells and other beachcombing treasures, and learn about the animals that left them behind.

Birds of Narragansett Bay

Narragansett Bay is home to a wide variety of birds who find food and shelter within its habitats. Students learn the characteristics of some of these Bay birds, including migration and special adaptations. 

Climate Change

Climate change affects plants, animals and ecosystems locally in many ways. Through hands-on activities, students learn the basic concepts of climate change and its effects on the Bay, what a carbon footprint is, and how humans impact fragile ecological cycles. 

Crabs and Their Kin

This program is similar to the Bay Experience but focuses only on crustaceans. Students learn about the anatomy, adaptations, and ecological roles of these invertebrates while observing live creatures.

Eelgrass Man Puppet Show

In this fun program for younger children, Eelgrass Man invites students into his unique underwater habitat where many animals make their homes. Kids meet the characters Scallop, Sea Star, Flounder, Green Crab and Blue Crab while learning about marine pollution and discovering why eelgrass is vital to these Bay animals. 

Flounder and Other Fish of Narragansett Bay

Through various activities, students are introduced to the types of fish in Narragansett Bay and their unique adaptations. Using our six-foot-long model, we focus on the winter flounder, one of the most important fish species in the Bay. 

Habitats of Narragansett Bay

Narragansett Bay is more than just a watery wonderland. It has different habitats, or homes, that provide food, water, and shelter to animals. Students learn about four of the most important Bay habitats: eelgrass beds, salt marshes, rocky shores, and sandy beaches. 

Horseshoe Crabs

Using real horseshoe crab molts and a model, students examine the exterior parts and internal organs of this “living fossil.” Participants learn about the life cycle of the horseshoe crab, as well as the past and present human uses that include everything from bait to an important extract from their blood used for medical tests. 

Life in Your Watershed

How are you linked to Narragansett Bay? Through the use of a watershed model, students build a town and then pollute it to see how our actions on land affect our rivers and the Bay. Participants define a watershed, locate their place within the Narragansett Bay watershed and discuss various pollutants that impact their local waterways. 

Plankton: Tiny Building Blocks of the Bay

Students immerse themselves in the miniscule world of plankton and use microscopes to observe specimens and identify the differences between phytoplankton (plant plankton) and zooplankton (animal plankton). They also explore the role of plankton in Bay food webs and life cycles. 

Science of Seawater

Play with water! Through simple experiments, students learn about the unique properties of water (such as cohesion and adhesion) and why it is so important to life in the Bay and life on Earth. 

Seals of Narragansett Bay

Through our life-sized model, Sealia, students learn the basics of marine mammalogy. By unzipping Sealia and examining her organs, participants learn about a seal’s internal anatomy and special adaptations that allow these furry creatures to thrive in the cold winter waters of Narragansett Bay. Pairs well with a shipboard seal tour. 

Shellfish Challenge

Students discuss the anatomy, habitat, predators and feeding habits of the most important shellfish in the Bay through the use of models and empty shells. Afterwards they work together in teams to play an interactive game.