A teacher and her 700 students

Schoolchildren aboard the Education Vessel Alletta Morris in 2005A teacher and her 700 students

During my many years of teaching, over 30 of my classes participated in Save the Bay’s floating classroom aboard the M/V Alletta Morris. Over 700 of my students, of all abilities, learned about Narragansett Bay and its sea life by using scientific equipment and specialized nets. By the end of the trip, the students realized why it was important to preserve the Bay, and how they could help achieve this goal.

Some students had never been on a boat before. None had ever been on a research vessel. Today, some of these students have graduated from college with a degree in Oceanography or Environmental Science because of this Save the Bay experience.

On June 2, 2005, my class was chosen to participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Save the Bay Center in Providence, RI. After cutting the ribbon, we boarded the Allette Morris for my final excursion since I was retiring from teaching. This definitely was the highlight of my career!

Diane Wojcik
Grade 5 teacher, retired
Leo A. Savoie School
Woonsocket, RI

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*Please note:  Be sure to access the Johnson & Wales University Harborside Campus through the main entrance on Harborside Blvd. Your GPS may suggest taking Ernest Street to JWU’s Shipyard Street entrance, but that route requires a key card for entry.  

From Route I-95 North or South, take Exit 18 (Thurbers Avenue). Head downhill on Thurbers Avenue to US Route 1A (Allens Avenue). Turn right onto Allens Ave. Continue southbound on Allens Ave. into Cranston, where Allens Ave. becomes Narragansett Blvd. Turn left onto Harborside Blvd. at the traffic light by the Shell gas station. Follow Harborside Blvd. through the Johnson & Wales Harborside Campus. At the end of Harborside Blvd., turn right onto Save The Bay Drive. Save The Bay Drive becomes a circular, one-way roadway as you approach the Bay Center. Parking is available in four guest lots after you pass the main building. Enter the building through the main entrance.


July 11, 2021

Dear Friends, Supporters and Community Members, 

At this time, Save The Bay’s facilities in Providence and Westerly remain closed to the public in response to COVID-19.

The Exploration Center and Aquarium in Newport reopened Monday, July 5, with new hours and visiting procedures in place.

Save The Bay is offering volunteer and internship opportunities with new policies and procedures for the health and safety of all involved.

Our staff continues to protect and improve Narragansett Bay, working both remotely and on-site. If you have any questions, you can contact us by phone (401-272-3540) or email (savebay@savebay.org), or on FacebookInstagram or Twitter.