South Coast Center - Westerly, RI

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Our Presence on the South Coast

The South Coast of Rhode Island is home to some of the most diverse and ecologically important habitats and marine creatures. Locals and visitors alike can learn all about these amazing animals and the rivers, bays, and salt ponds that they call home when they visit our South Coast Center in Westerly, RI.


The South Coast Center features an interactive touch tank, several aquaria highlighting native marine and freshwater species, a kid’s story time area, a craft table, a watershed map of the south coast, and much more to educate both children and adults. 

kids learning about ocean animalsThrough our interactive displays and exhibits, Save The Bay's goal is to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards.

Check out our Westerly Seal Watch Cruises aboard one of our education vessels. 

Our History in Westerly

Save The Bay officially established their presence in downtown Westerly in 2007 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 its work to advocate for water quality improvements to local waters, restore native habitats, and educate our youth about marine and coastal science.


Call (401) 315-2709 for hours and information.

The Center is open year-round for individuals and families. There is no cost for admission. Donations to the Center are greatly appreciated and support the work of the South County Coastkeeper and our efforts along the South Coast to protect our invaluable local waters and ecologically significant habitats for future stewards.

Groups and Afterschool Programs

Interested in bringing your school group, scout troop, or afterschool program to the Center? For pricing and details on customizing your experience, email us or call 401-272-2540 x133.

Volunteering at the South Coast Center

Help support the Center as a volunteer! Take care of the tanks and animals and greet the public. Internships also available. Visit our volunteer page for more information or contact Volunteer Manager July Lewis.