Frequently Asked Questions
Save The Bay is a member-supported, volunteer-powered nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and improving Narragansett Bay and all the waters that flow into it, from all over Rhode Island and much of Massachusetts. Our vision is a fully swimmable, fishable, healthy Narragansett Bay, accessible to all. Since 1970, we have been working to fulfill our mission and vision through advocacy, education, and habitat restoration activities that improve water quality, marine and aquatic ecosystems, and coastal habitat and train the next generation of Bay stewards. Find out more about our work. Learn More.
Save The Bay – Narragansett Bay® is an independent, member-supported nonprofit organization specifically focused on protecting and improving Narragansett Bay and its watershed. However, many organizations in other parts of the country share a similar name and mission in their own local areas, such as San Francisco Bay, the Chesapeake Bay, Buzzards Bay, Boston Harbor, and others.
Save The Bay is headquartered at our Bay Center, located at 100 Save The Bay Drive on the Johnson and Wales Harborside campus. Our environmentally-friendly Bay Center serves as our administrative headquarters, an education center, and home to our fleet of education vessels. We have an interactive marine science center, called our Exploration Center and Aquarium (hyperlink to savebay.org/aquarium), in Newport, right on Easton’s Beach, that is open to the public year-round. We have a South Coast Center in downtown Westerly, which serves as home to our South Coastkeeper and offers a small hands-on aquarium for children. Learn More
No, we are not affiliated with Johnson and Wales University. Save The Bay is an independent, member-support nonprofit organization, but our Bay Center headquarters is located on land owned by Johnson and Wales.
We sure do! Kids of all ages love our interactive Exploration Center and Aquarium in Newport. open all year long. In the summers, we make Narragansett Bay the campground for our week-long Baycamps for children who’ve completed kindergarten through 12th grade. And our 60-90 minute seal watch tours in October through April are a great way to enjoy Narragansett Bay in the winter.
Every year, some 15,000 students from public and private schools, kindergarten through college, participate in our high-quality, hands-on marine science and environmental education programs and field trips. These “living classrooms,” which are aligned to state and national science standards, take place across the watershed—on the water on our education vessels, in the field in many of the Bay’s various coastal and inland aquatic habitats, in our Bay Center classrooms and Exploration Center and Aquarium, and in the students’ own classrooms at school. Find out more about our education programs Learn More.
Our Exploration Center and Aquarium is located in Newport, inside the rotunda at Easton’s Beach, and is open year-round. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the Aquarium is open every day, seven days a week, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. From Labor Day through Memorial Day, the Aquarium is open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. We are open on most holidays and many school vacations as well. Find out more about our Exploration Center and Aquarium. Learn More
General admission for the Exploration Center and Aquarium is $8 per person. Seniors and military with I.D. are $7. Children aged 3 and under are free. Find out more about our Exploration Center and Aquarium. Learn More
Absolutely! Please call us at 401-272-3540 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a tour. Our building and grounds are also free and open to the public to enjoy our trails, shoreline, fishing cove and beautiful Bayside setting. Our building is open Monday-Friday, 8:30 – 4:30 p.m. and our grounds are open daily from a half-hour before dawn to a half-hour after dusk.
Our Exploration Center and Aquarium in Newport is open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on weekends year-round. Our South Coast Center in Westerly is open on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Our Bay Center in Providence is not open on weekends, except for rental guests. But our Bay Center grounds are always open to the public, from sunup to sundown.
June through October, we offer three different lighthouse tours—Northern Bay, Southern Bay, and Ultimate—each one including a land-based tour of one lighthouse and its grounds. Our Northern Bay tour is a half-day tour departing from Providence with a tour of Pomham Rocks Light. Our Southern Bay tour is a half-day tour departing from Fort Adams in Newport with a tour and lunch at Rose Island Light. Our Ultimate tour is a full-day tour, departing from Fort Adams in Newport, that includes views of up to 20 historic Rhode Island lighthouses, including a tour and lunch at Rose Island Light. Find out more about our lighthouse tours. Learn More
Harbor seals visit Narragansett over the winter, typically arriving in the fall and staying through spring. We offer seal tours in Westerly’s Pawcatuck River and Little Narragansett Bay, in mid-October through the end of December. We also offer seal tours out of Newport beginning in mid-November through the end of April. Seal tours are typically about $17 for Save The Bay members and $22 for non-members. Find out more about our seal tours. Learn More
We have so many different volunteer opportunities—from beach cleanups and salt marsh plantings to photography, office help, and so much more! Find a list (and sign up) for our current volunteer opportunities. Learn More
You can support Save The Bay—and Narragansett Bay—by joining Save The Bay, volunteering with us, attending special events and public programs that help raise critical funds for our work, by becoming a social media ambassador, and by responding to our calls to action when we need our community to stand up and speak out on behalf of Narragansett Bay. Perhaps the most important thing you can do is to become a member of Save The Bay, because the power of our work depends on the strength of our membership.
No. You may be thinking of the Narragansett Bay Commission , which operates two important wastewater treatment plants in Providence. But we are not affiliated with them. For questions about your wastewater bills, contact the Narragansett Bay Commission at 401-461-8848.
No, Save The Bay is an independent, member-supported nonprofit organization. Our funding is provided by individual members, donors, foundation gifts and competitive grants.