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. Our skilled team of educators bring the concepts introduced in the classroom to life with a hands-on, experiential approach to learning. 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 with 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 help teachers and students achieve state science standards.

NEW FOR 2020: Save The Bay now offers virtual programs for both classroom and individual settings! Each virtual program is intended to be 45 minutes long, and can be presented virtually and in outdoor settings. Download the brochure to learn more!

A peek at our Education Programs

Program Request Form

Transportation Request Form

For pricing and information, contact Gráinne Conley at gconley@savebay.org or (401) 272-3540 x133

[Save The Bay's virtual programs have] been an awesome experience for all students. The kids and teachers have all been talking about the levels of engagement and the quality of the delivery and interactive elements.

You all have exercised a ton of patience and understanding around our school tech issues. [...] It's still amazing to see what can be accomplished over Zoom.

Looking forward to the rest of the sessions and to booking some virtual programs for the spring!
Neil D. Marcaccio, Principal, Hanaford Elementary School

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Read our latest education news

Save The Bay's Exploration Center and Aquarium is a hands-on, experiential learning center that delights and inspires thousands of visitors every year.

City of Newport, Save The Bay and Rhode Island Public Transit Authority sign Gateway Center agreements

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

This week, the City of Newport, Save The Bay and the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority signed agreements that will allow the local nonprofit organization to move its Exploration Center and Aquarium to the ground floor of the Gateway Transportation & Visitors Center at 23 America’s Cup Blvd.

This week, the City of Newport, Save The Bay and the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority signed agreements that will allow the local nonprofit organization to move its Exploration Center... ...Read More

Save The Bay submits testimony in support of the Climate Literacy Act

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Save The Bay appreciates the opportunity to provide testimony on S. 464, a bill that would help ensure that all students attending public schools become environmentally and climate literate by the time they graduate from 12th grade.

Save The Bay appreciates the opportunity to provide testimony on S. 464, a bill that would help ensure that all students attending public schools become environmentally and climate literate by... ...Read More

From in-person to on-screen, flexibility is key to virtual learning

Thursday, October 29, 2020

From in-person to on-screen, flexibility is key to virtual learning Mackensie duPont Crowley, communications specialist What does a virtual science lesson from Save The Bay look like? In recent years, the Lincoln School has invited Save The Bay to provide in-person education to their K-5 students. This summer, our staff worked to get teachers up … Read More

From in-person to on-screen, flexibility is key to virtual learning Mackensie duPont Crowley, communications specialist What does a virtual science lesson from Save The Bay look like? In recent years,... ...Read More

You have funding options!

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.

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