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Discover the beauty of the Bay’s diverse habitats. Our coastal programs offer students hands-on exploration of the shoreline and introduce age-appropriate scientific concepts such as life cycles, diversity, adaptations and geology. Some of our most popular field trip sites are: Colt State Park in Bristol, Sachuest Point in Middletown, Lonsdale Marsh in Lincoln and Conimicut Point in Warwick. Call for more options. All Save The Bay programs are designed to be a vehicle to aid teachers in helping their students achieve the new Rhode Island Grade Span Expectations for science.

Grades: K-Adult
Length: 3 hours
Cost: Please call for pricing. For effective teaching, we take no more than 60 kids.

To book a program, download the Program Request Form. Contact us at 401-272-3540, x133 or education@savebay.org.


Rocky Shore and Tidal Pool

Search among the rocks for signs of life along one of New England's most common coastal environments. Explore tidal pools and learn how plants and animals have adapted to survive the continuous flushing of the tides. Students learn the advantages of this habitat and how different adaptations help both plants and animals to live in this tough environment.

Children's Workshop, Smithfield, RI, Discovering Asian Shore Crabs

Sandy Beach

Lets look for what the tide left behind and explore wrack lines along the sandy beach. Hands-on activities include seining, species collection, plankton studies and water analysis.

Salt Marsh

Don a pair of boots and see what the tide has left behind. Learn why so many animals and plants the marsh their home and see how these habitats serve as nursery areas, environmental buffers and feeding grounds. Explore one of the most productive yet dwindling habitats along the eastern coast while investigating the life in a marsh and try to discover why approximately 50% of the Bay's original marsh areas have disappeared.

Introduction to Habitats

Learn about all the three important habitats (mentioned above) of Narragansett Bay. The program gives a basic introduction to the three habitats. Activities include seining, species collection, plankton studies, water analysis and many more depending on time and location.

Urban Rivers

Using traditional techniques, students discover the effect human development has had on these vital watershed areas. Participants collect and test fresh water and examine the variety of organisms that make these habitats home. Learn how urban rivers have a direct effect on the health of Narragansett Bay.

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