Programs for Schools and Groups

Inspiring the next generation of Bay stewards

Since the 1980s, Save The Bay’s education program, Explore The Bay, has been connecting students, teachers and families to Rhode Island’s largest natural resource, Narragansett Bay, by “bringing to life” the concepts introduced in the classroom. We address a wide range of environmental and marine science topics and can customize any of our programs to fit today’s curriculum needs. All programs are aligned Next Generation Science STandards, GEMS net kits, and Common Core.

Explore The Bay offers educational programming at our two educational facilities, in Providence and Newport, as well as “in the field,” whether that be on the water, along the coast, or in your local river, marsh or pond. We can also bring our programs to you in your classroom and school. All programs are designed to be a vehicle to aid teachers help students achieve state science standards.

A peek at our Education Programs

Program Request Form

For pricing and information, contact Gráinne Conley at or (401) 272-3540 x133

Read About Some of Our Latest Education Initiatives

BWET 360 High School student Jeymi

How Students at Two Local High Schools Tackles Plastics Pollution

Monday, March 4, 2019

If the early years of the plastics war had a mascot, it would have been bottled water. The early generation of environmentalists did their best to convince the public of the hazardous impacts of single-use plastic bottles, but the American obsession persisted. Now, plastic waste has polluted waters everywhere, including Narragansett Bay. And, since plastic can take hundreds of years to break down, the burden of managing this problem will fall on the youngest among us today—which is why Save The Bay puts fostering the next generation of Bay stewards at the forefront of its education  programs.

Homeschool is Cool on Narragansett Bay

Monday, July 16, 2018

Homeschooling began to grow in popularity in the 1970s when educational theorist John Holt advocated for the reform of public schools. In 2008, Save The Bay added a new program, Homeschool is Cool, to its robust set of marine science environmental education courses. Read more >>

A Sandy Simulation

Monday, June 25, 2018

A Sandy Simulation: A Technology-Enhanced Sandbox Helps Rhode Island Youth Understand Watershed, Erosion and Topography by Katy Dorchies, marketing and graphics specialist In an effort to illuminate watershed issues, Save The Bay educators are breaking into the virtual world with their newest technological acquisition: the AR (augmented reality) Sandbox. The first of its kind in … Read More

You have funding options!

Educators, nothing should stand in the way of giving your students the educational experience of a lifetime: including a lack of funding. We want to support you in your search for funding and have compiled the tips and sources on this page to help you get started.

Ideas to consider:

  • Discuss funding options with your school’s PTA or PTO
  • Organize a fundraiser, such as a bake sale
  • Meet with your local Rotary Club
  • Research available grants for teachers and schools

*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.