Our Work in Newport County

Save The Bay’s work is rooted in Newport County.

Photo of 1970 Life Magazine article about Save The Bay's first battle
In 1971, LIFE magazine printed a feature story about the brave decision by the Town of Tiverton to reject a proposed oil refinery along its shores. Several members of this community joined forces with others from Jamestown to form Save The Bay in 1970.

You could say that Newport County was the birthplace of the citizens’ movement to protect Narragansett Bay. That movement began in 1956, when 17 residents of Jamestown mobilized to defeat a proposed oil refinery on the north end of Conanicut Island. In the summer of 1970, a similar battle was waged in Tiverton by “Save Our Community,” whose members tapped the expertise of the people of Jamestown. And when that proposal was defeated, the two groups came together and created Save The Bay to serve as a statewide watchdog advocating for the best interests of the Bay and the people who depend on it.

Since then, Save The Bay’s presence and work in Newport County has been a constant. After all, with its treasured beaches, salt marshes, undeveloped open spaces, and stunning water views, Newport County is ideal for enjoying Narragansett Bay in every way possible.

Save The Bay is working near you!

Whether you’re looking to lend a hand as a volunteer or are simply looking for a fun outing for the whole family, Save The Bay is working nearby and offers plenty of ways to get involved!

Volunteer Opportunities

Events & Activities

Newport County highlighted in the Narragansett Bay watershed.
Newport County highlighted in the Narragansett Bay watershed.

327

Newport County students

engaged in marine science and environmental education programs last year

In 2019, our Exploration Center and Aquarium served

30,773

guests in Newport

2,700

visitors

ventured out with us on our Newport Seal Tours last year

Stories and News for Newport County

Seals hauled-out on rocks in Newport Harbor. Photo by Marie-Louise Strijbos.

Citizen scientists count 357 seals during Save The Bay’s annual Bay-Wide Seal Count

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Citizen scientists count 357 seals in Narragansett Bay during Save The Bay’s annual Bay-Wide Seal Count PROVIDENCE, R.I. – March 31, 2021 – On Tuesday, March 23, 25 volunteer citizen scientists took to water and shore to observe 357 harbor seals at sites around Narragansett Bay in Save The Bay’s Bay-Wide Seal Count—an annual effort to establish a … Read More

Citizen scientists count 357 seals in Narragansett Bay during Save The Bay’s annual Bay-Wide Seal Count PROVIDENCE, R.I. – March 31, 2021 – On Tuesday, March 23, 25 volunteer citizen scientists took to... ...Read More

Vote Yes on Question 2 for clean water, Narragansett Bay and our economic recovery

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Rhode Islanders, if you want clean water, love Narragansett Bay and care about what we leave to future generations, then you can take action now by voting yes on Question 2

Rhode Islanders, if you want clean water, love Narragansett Bay and care about what we leave to future generations, then you can take action now by voting yes on Question... ...Read More

Invest in the Bay and beyond; Vote YES on Question 2

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Invest in the Bay and beyond: Vote YES on Question 2 UPDATE: On March 2, 2021, Rhode Island voters once again overwhelmingly approved investments in clean water, beaches, parks and open spaces. THANK YOU, voters, for saying YES to Question 2! Rhode Island is holding a special election on March 2, 2021 on a series … Read More

Invest in the Bay and beyond: Vote YES on Question 2 UPDATE: On March 2, 2021, Rhode Island voters once again overwhelmingly approved investments in clean water, beaches, parks and... ...Read More

Over The Years

Explore Save the Bay's history of work in Newport County

*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.

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March 1, 2021

Dear Friends, Supporters and Community Members, 

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

Save The Bay’s Seal Tours resume March 6, 2021, and we will hold outdoor public programs when Rhode Island’s COVID-19 state positivity rate is at or below 5%. In accordance with Rhode Island Department of Health travel guidelines, guests from states identified with a positivity rate of 5% or higher will not be able to join our programs. A complete list of our Seal Tour COVID-19 procedures and policies is available on our Seal Tour page

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

Our staff remains dedicated to working on our mission to protect and improve Narragansett Bay from home. As always, we are accessible via email (listed on our website), or on FacebookInstagram or Twitter.