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For Immediate Release

April 24, 2014


Save The Bay’s South Coast Center Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

Westerly, RI - One year after its grand opening celebration in downtown Westerly, Save The Bay's South Coast Center is still going strong. The exploration center, located at 8 Broad Street, is celebrating its one-year anniversary on Saturday, April 26 from 10am-3pm. In the spirit of the 16th Annual Pawcatuck River Duck Race, which will occur on the same day, duck crafts and a free raffle will be held at the South Coast Center.

The South Coast Center features hands-on exhibits to educate both children and adults about the area's diverse habitats and marine creatures. Exhibits include an interactive touchtank, several aquaria highlighting native marine and freshwater species, a storytime area and craft table, and a watershed map of the south coast. Storytime is held every Saturday at 11 a.m.

The facility has attracted nearly 3,000 guests over the past year and is on track to welcome even more members of the public in the upcoming months. The South Coast Center also welcomes school groups and afterschool programs to learn about marine and coastal science.

“It’s been a terrific year,” said South County Coastkeeper David Prescott. “We are very excited to continue to inspire future environmental stewards and to educate the public about the diverse habitats around us.”

The South Coast Center serves as Save The Bay’s presence in southern Rhode Island and southeastern Connecticut. Since opening the center, Save The Bay has expanded other public offerings along the south coast such as shipboard summer camps and seal and nature watch trips of the Pawcatuck River and Little Narragansett Bay.

Visit the South Coast Center year-round from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Admission is free. Donations are greatly appreciated and support the work of the South County Coastkeeper and Save The Bay’s efforts to protect our invaluable local waters and ecologically significant habitats for future stewards

About Save The Bay

Founded in 1970, Save The Bay is a nonprofit member organization working to protect, restore and explore Narragansett Bay and its watershed. Save The Bay believes the Bay’s future depends on tomorrow’s leaders understanding how important the Bay is to our economy, environment and quality of life. The organization offers education programs to schools, community groups and the general public; protects Narragansett Bay by advocating for Bay-friendly legislation, reviewing permits and raising public awareness; and restores the Bay to full health through its extensive habitat restoration program.