Bayside with Letty Hanson


Meet Letty, Save The Bay’s education & curriculum specialist!

By Mackensie duPont Crowley, communications specialist

Born and raised in Rhode Island, our education and curriculum specialist, Letty Hanson, feels right at home at Save The Bay. She shares her experience & some of the fun projects she’s been working on with us below.

Letty holds a large Tautog to document before releasing back into the Bay

How did you get involved with Save The Bay?
I got involved with Save The Bay in 2013 after graduating college. Being a Rhode Island native, Save The Bay has obviously been in my periphery my whole life. After majoring in Wildlife and Conservation Biology in college, the job and community felt like a natural fit.

In your years here, does any one project stick out as a favorite?
The Narragansett Bay Naturalist Guide* was so much fun to make. I think it’s exceptionally exciting to have an activity book specifically geared towards our Bay and watershed.

What are you excited to be working on right now?
We’re finally integrating clean-up programming into the education department. I’ve been leading the charge in writing a curriculum and coming up with fun activities for our students!

As a Rhode Island native, you must have a favorite spot to enjoy Narragansett Bay.
I’m a beach bum and always have been, so I don’t anticipate ever living far from the ocean. Swimming, kayaking, snorkeling – count me in! I especially love Fort Weatherill and Beavertail in Jamestown.

Letty with her husband, Dylan

What’s one thing you’re trying to make a habit?
Read 20 pages of a book every night – it’s going well!

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
An explorer.

Do you have a favorite sport to watch?
Oof. I only really watch synchronized diving during the Olympics!

*The Narragansett Bay Naturalist guide was developed during Summer 2020 to help families explore and learn about the Bay with self-led activities, challenges and more. Stay tuned for announcement of our 2021 offerings!

Thank you, Letty! 

*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.