The Bay Center
The Bay Center, dedicated on June 2, 2005, is an award-winning building with a mission. We designed and built this green building to serve our community as a living classroom and center for our marine science educational programs, administrative offices and community meeting space. The trails on our grounds are part of the Providence Urban Greenway Trail, inviting community members to enjoy this rare and beautiful urban access point to the Bay from sunup to sundown. The building itself represents Save The Bay’s approach to brownfields redevelopment and environmentally-friendly shoreline development.
The 15,042 sq. ft. building is located on a 6.07-acre site donated to Save The Bay by Johnson & Wales University. It features two classrooms, community meeting rooms, an art gallery, administrative offices, and an adjacent boathouse with a fixed pier and dock.
The Prince Charitable Trusts dock features a T-wharf capable of housing our fleet of education and restoration vessels. The wharf and dock have become the hub for upper Bay educational programming. Using the dock, children can collect and study upper Bay critters or test water quality in a matter of minutes, direct from habitat to the Bay Center classroom.
100 Save The Bay Drive,
Providence, R.I. 02905
Building: Weekdays, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Grounds: Daily, dawn to dusk.
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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 app 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.