Our Centers

The Bay Center

Providence Bay Center via Drone

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.

LOCATION

100 Save The Bay Drive,
Providence, R.I. 02905
(Directions below)

HOURS

Building: Weekdays, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Grounds: Daily, dawn to dusk.

ADMISSION

None

PARKING

Free

CONTACT

401-272-3540

Call us for information about building rentals

DIRECTIONS

*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.

The Exploration Center and Aquarium, Newport

Exploration Center and Aquarium building
Exploration Center and Aquarium building at Easton’s Beach, Newport.

Our 1,500-square-foot interactive marine science center is home to more than 40 species, all right from Narragansett Bay. Our year-round exhibits are always changing, but you’re likely to see rare lobsters, seahorses, sea robins, terrapins and turtles, jellyfish, eels, and of course, lots of fish.

Three touch tanks allow you to get up close and personal with little skates, sea urchins, sea stars, dogfish sharks, many different kinds of crabs and more. And, with Newport’s only ocean-facing beach just outside our front door, you can continue your beachcombing experience after your visit.

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The South Coast Center, Westerly

Inside the South Coast Center
Inside the South Coast Center

Our South Coast Center in Westerly invites visitors to learn about the amazing creatures of the rivers, bay, and salt ponds of Rhode Island’s southern coast, home to some of the most diverse and ecologically important habitats and marine creatures. The 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.

The center opened 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.

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Upcoming Events

Hear From Our Donors & Volunteers

We support Save The Bay’s mission because we feel the health and sustenance of Narragansett Bay is arguably the most important factor in the State of Rhode Islan’d long-term success, economically and as a quality place to live.
- Joan and Rich, Donors
I led my first coastal cleanup about 27 years ago. I was concerned about the condition we were leaving our plant in for future generations and I wanted to do my part. I found Save The Bay was doing that in a variety of ways. Do you want to help preserve the natural workd? Then become active in an organization that protects irr. We do make a difference. You too can help save the planet a little piece at a time.
- Bill, Volunteer

Get Involved

What You Can Do Today To Help Narragansett Bay

Join a Beach Cleanup near you!

Join a Beach Cleanup near you!

Help Save The Bay remove trash left on beaches and shorelines all over the state. Beach cleanups are a great activity for clubs, corporate teams, families and individuals.

Sign up for a Cleanup
Practice Bay-Friendly Living

Practice Bay-Friendly Living

Learn and practice our lawncare and lifestyle tips to save you time and money, and save the Bay. Every small action by many people can make a big difference.

Visit Our Bay-Friendly Tips Page
Support Environmental Legislation

Support Environmental Legislation

Stand with Save The Bay in supporting a statewide ban on single-use plastics and legislation to establish the Ocean State Climate Adaptation and Resilience Fund.

Learn More and Take Action

Impact Stats

10,567

K-12 students

received marine science education programs last year

67,130

salt marsh grasses

were planted by Save The Bay staff and volunteers last year

1,222

water quality samples

were taken in the Pawcatuck River and Little Narragansett Bay

29,234

pounds of trash

were removed from the R.I. shoreline last year

Action Apps

Report pollution when you see it

Water ReporterThe Water Reporter App is the perfect way to let Save The Bay know when there’s a problem in our local waters. You can be our eyes and noses across the watershed. So if you see or smell anything that might be pollution, snap a photo, write a caption and send it to us on Water Reporter.

Available on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Hold your own shoreline cleanup

Clean Swell AppThe Clean Swell App lets volunteers upload important cleanup data in real-time to the world’s largest marine debris database. This database is used by scientists, conservation groups, governments and industry leaders to study ocean trash and take action to ensure trash never reaches our beaches.

Available on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Report flooding and storm surges

My Coast Logo

The MyCoast App lets you upload pictures that capture the highest tides, show storm damage and erosion and record localized flooding. By recording these events, you’ll help decision-makers, emergency managers and others make better decisions about how to protect our coastal communities and assets.

Available on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

You have funding options!

Nothing should stand in the way of giving your students the educational experience of a lifetime: including a lack of funding. We want to support you in your search for funding and have compiled the tips and sources on this page to help you get started.

Ideas to consider:

  • Discuss funding options with your school’s PTA or PTO
  • Organize a fundraiser, such as a bake sale
  • Meet with your local Rotary Club
  • Research available grants for teachers and schools

Waterkeepers

Save The Bay’s three Waterkeepers engage in the collection and interpretation of data to inform the public and affect policy; urge our public officials to make protection of our most valuable resource a top priority, and hold them accountable for actions that affect Bay quality. As members of the Waterkeeper Alliance, which has more than 300 programs worldwide, Save The Bay’s Waterkeepers are part of a network of specialists with a passion for defending the environment and a devotion to working in their communities.

Baykeeper

Mike Jarbeau

As Save The Bay’s “eyes and ears” on Narragansett Bay, the Baykeeper identifies and responds to environmental threats by keeping in close contact with members of the Bay community and with environmental agencies. Save The Bay created the Baykeeper program in 1993 to strengthen our direct action, legal and regulatory watchdogging and pollution response capacity.
See pollution, or another issue, in the Bay? Report it to the Baykeeper:

EMAIL   FOLLOW

 

Coastkeeper

David Prescott

Our South County Coastkeeper works in the community—both on and off the water—to protect, restore, and promote stewardship of the unique and magnificent waterways of Little Narragansett Bay, the Pawcatuck River, and the South Coast. The Coastkeeper program was launched in 2007 from Save The Bay’s South Coast Center in Westerly, R.I., creating a Save The Bay presence in Southern Rhode Island.
See pollution, or another issue, along the coast? Report it to the Coastkeeper:

EMAIL  FOLLOW

Riverkeeper

Kate McPherson

Our Riverkeeper works to protect, restore, and promote stewardship of the vast network of remarkable rivers within the Narragansett Bay watershed, 60% of which is in Massachusetts. The Riverkeeper program was developed in 2016 to monitor Narragansett Bay’s tributary watershed, including the Blackstone, Ten Mile, Runnins, Palmer, Kickemuit, Cole, Lee and Taunton Rivers.
See pollution, or another issue, in our region’s rivers? Report it to the Riverkeeper:

EMAIL  FOLLOW

Many thanks to our generous 50th Anniversary sponsors:

 

Sage Family Foundation

Thank you, Waterson LLC for supporting our 50th Anniversary and our 2020 Events season!

Navigant logo

 

 

REI logo

 

Logo of FL Putnam, 50th anniversary celebration sponsor

 

BCBSRI, a 50th anniversary sponsor

Citrin Cooperman Logo

Thanks, Roger Williams University, for sponsoring our 50th anniversary celebration!

Many thank to Brown University for sponsoring our 50th Anniversary celebration

Arbella Insurance Foundation Logo

 

Starkweather & Shepley Logo

 

 

 

Coast-To-Coast Promotional Products logo

 

Thank you to our Four Season Sponsors:

 

Logo of sponsor BayCoast Bank

Caster Communications logo

Many thanks for UNFI for joining us as a yearlong sponsor!

Thank you to our 2022 sponsors:

Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Association Foundation Logo, featuring a yellow outline of a bridge and a bright blue background

 

 

 

 

Thanks for being a 50th Anniversary Sponsor, National Grid!

 

 

Rexel Energy Solutions logo, blue with white text

 

 

 

Cox Logo

 

 

The Arbella Insurance Foundation logo, features dark blue text and a double masted sailing vessel

 

 

Many thanks for UNFI for joining us as a yearlong sponsor!

 

Thank you, Conanicut Marine Services, for sponsoring Save The Bay in 2020!

 

Save The Bay is also grateful to receive ongoing support from the following partners… 

The Granny Squibb Company logo
The Granny Squibb Company donates a portion of the proceeds from their “Charlie’s Cranberry” tea to Save The Bay.
Green River Silver, Co. Logo
Green River Silver, Co. donates a portion of the proceeds of their “Rhode Island” line to Save The Bay.

Interested in becoming a Save The Bay sponsor or partner?

For information about participating in or sponsoring this great event, contact Leanne Danielsen or call 401-272-3540 x140.

Wondering what to expect during a Save The Bay boat program?

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Questions about your donation or membership? Contact our team at development@savebay.org or 401-272-3540.

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