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For Immediate Release

April 22, 2013


Save The Bay Announces Grand Opening of South Coast Center in Westerly

WESTERLY, R.I. - A grand opening celebration of Save The Bay’s South Coast Center will take place on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The new space, located at 8 Broad Street in downtown Westerly, will feature an interactive touchtank, several aquaria highlighting native marine and freshwater species, a kid’s storytime area, a craft table, a watershed map of the south coast and much more to educate both children and adults.

The opening corresponds with the Annual Pawcatuck River Duck Race. From 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., hundreds of families, children, and local residents will make their way to downtown Westerly to watch as 20,000 ducks get dumped into the river for a race that benefits more than 45 local charities.

David Prescott, Save The Bay’s South County Coastkeeper, has been hard at work getting the newly renovated space ready for the opening and is confident the site will be a welcome addition to the area.

“Through our interactive displays and exhibits,” said Mr. Prescott, “Save The Bay hopes to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards. Clean water is the greatest legacy we can leave for our children.”

In 2007, Save The Bay officially established their presence in downtown Westerly with support from the Forrest and Frances Lattner Foundation. Since that time, support from the Foundation, and other local members, donors, and partners, has helped Save The Bay to continue their work to advocate for water quality improvements to local waters, restore native habitats, and educate our youth about marine and coastal science.

Save The Bay is also very excited to announce their goal to bring shipboard programs to the South Coast region. The flagship vessel, M/V Alletta Morris, will soon be joined by her sister ship, the M/V Elizabeth Morris, which is expected to be in service this fall.

Since 2007, it has been the objective of the organization to offer shipboard programs to school-aged students in protected waters like Little Narragansett Bay. By offering boat-based marine science programs to local schools, getting students directly out on the water is an attainable goal for Save The Bay. It is through these types of hands-on science, inquiry-based educational programs that will foster a deeper appreciation for the natural resources of the south coast.

About Save The Bay

Founded in 1970, Save The Bay protects, restores, and improves the ecological health of the Narragansett Bay region, including its watershed and adjacent coastal waters, through an ecosystem-based approach to environmental action; defends the right of the public to use and enjoy the Bay and its surrounding waters; and fosters an ethic of environmental stewardship among people who live in or visit the Narragansett Bay region.