Bayside with Jeff Swanlund


Meet Jeff, a Save The Bay education specialist!

Why and when did you get involved with Save The Bay?

When I was 10, I attended BayCamp in Wickford, which is one of the many reasons I love the Bay. By September of 2018 I was hired as a seasonal educator and tried to work as many hours with the organization as possible. By June of 2019 I was hired on as a full-time employee for the education department.

Jeff leading a BayCamp years after attending as a kid!

What is your favorite place/spot on Narragansett Bay?

Bissel Cove in North Kingstown, which is near Rome Point and Fox Island.

What’s a favorite project you’ve worked on, or highlight from your Save The Bay experience thus far?

Building an aquarium in the classroom at The Learning Community Charter School.

What are you excited to be working on right now?

Working with Woonsocket High School on a BWET grant to study Cass pond and determine the health of their urban ecosystem.

What do you like to do outside of work?

Playing in a soccer league during the fall and spring or playing in a basketball league through the winter. If not playing sports I am usually home watching more sports.

Exploring at BayCamp!

How do you enjoy the Bay?

Being on the beach or in the water as much as possible during the warmer months and occasionally scuba diving around Jamestown or Newport.

Last book you read? Last Netflix series you binged?

Show: Great British Baking Show
Book: Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

*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 (, or on FacebookInstagram or Twitter.