Emma Ferrante and Gina Chen, 2019 Volunteers of the Year

2019 Volunteers of the Year

Emma Ferrante and Gina Chen

Emma Ferrante and Gina Chen, both part of a dedicated team of volunteers and interns at Save The Bay’s Exploration Center and Aquarium, have demonstrated continual support for Save The Bay, contributing more hours than any current volunteer or intern.


Emma Ferrante, a dedicated Exploration Center and Aquarium
Ferrante, a senior studying marine biology at the University of Rhode Island, is one of Save The Bay’s most dedicated and valuable volunteers.

Emma Ferrante

Ferrante, a senior studying marine biology at the University of Rhode Island, has interned with Save The Bay since the start of her college career. As both a highly skilled aquarist and dedicated Save The Bay member, Ferrante trains new interns and volunteers while ensuring care for marine specimens. Ferrante’s organization of her fellow students in International Coastal Cleanup events highlights her leadership skills and commitment to protect Narragansett Bay.


Gina Chen

Chen, a social worker, is one of Save The Bay's most reliable volunteers.
Chen, a social worker, is one of Save The Bay’s most reliable volunteers.

Chen, a social worker at the Salvation Army’s Newport, R.I., Corps and a dedicated Save The Bay volunteer, is committed to community engagement through both social and environmental justice issues. Chen began volunteering at the Exploration Center in 2015 and continues to inspire, educate and inform new members and guests, ensuring a memorable experience for all visitors. Taking on additional responsibilities and training, Chen is an extremely reliable and devoted volunteer.

*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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