Esek Hopkins middle schoolers learn at the Bay Center as part of after-school PASA partnership

Esek Hopkins Middle Schoolers learn at the Bay Center as part of after-school PASA partnership

By Jeaninne Louro, after-school program manager

This fall, Save The Bay partnered with Providence After School Alliance (PASA) to bring Esek Hopkins Middle School students to participate in hands-on education programs. We met with students twice a week throughout the season to explore topics in marine science at our Providence Bay Center.

Esek Thompson Middle School student shows off a crab collected during a trawl with a Save The Bay program in October 2019.

Educators took groups aboard one of our educational vessels to trawl on Narragansett Bay and the Providence River to observe and collect marine life. For many students, this was their first time on a boat! And it was Save The Bay’s first time collecting a seahorse in the Providence River, which was particularly exciting as the creatures shelter in eelgrass, which needs clean and clear water to thrive.

When asked what they were most excited for on the after-school excursion, students shared a variety of responses:

“Catching animals and looking at sea urchins, spider, hermit, and horseshoe crabs.”
– Hunter

“Fish. I like fishing and animals. I fish at India Point Park and catch Sea Robins a lot.”
– Ivan

“Learning about the ocean and animals that live here. I’m most excited to catch animals and learn.”
– Arianna

“Everything. I remember having fun last time and I’m excited to do it again.”
– Kalena

Save The Bay has engaged in a public-private partnership with Providence After School Alliance for many years to help them meet their mission of closing opportunity gaps by providing quality after-school learning opportunities for all youth in Providence.

See below for more photos from the program:


*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.