Coastal Programs


Our coastal programs offer students hands-on exploration of the shoreline and introduce age-appropriate scientific concepts such as life cycles, diversity, adaptations, and geology. Some of our most popular field trip sites are: Colt State Park in Bristol, Sachuest Point in Middletown, Lonsdale Marsh in Lincoln, Rocky Point in Warwick, Conimicut Point in Warwick and Camp Fuller in South Kingstown. Call for more options.

All Save The Bay programs are designed to be a vehicle to aid teachers in helping their students achieve the Rhode Island’s Grade Span Expectations for science and the Next Generation for Science Standards.

Grades: K-Adult
Length: 3 hours
Capacity: For effective teaching, we limit coastal programs to 60 students.
Cost: $500.00 (up to 30 students); $10.00 per additional student.

Rocky Shore and Tidal Pool

Search among the rocks for signs of life along one of New England’s most common coastal environments. Explore tidal pools and learn how plants and animals have adapted to survive the continuous flushing of the tides. Students learn the advantages of this habitat and how different adaptations help both plants and animals to live in this tough environment.

Sandy Beach

Let’s look for what the tide left behind and explore wrack lines along the sandy beach. Hands-on activities include seining, species collection, plankton studies, and water analysis.

Salt Marsh

Pull on a pair of boots and see what the tide has left behind. Learn why so many animals and plants call the marsh their home and see how these habitats serve as nursery areas, environmental buffers and feeding grounds. Explore one of the most productive yet dwindling habitats along the eastern coast while investigating the life in a marsh. Discover why approximately 50% of the Bay’s original marsh areas have disappeared.

Introduction to Habitats

Learn about three of the most important habitats of Narragansett Bay (mentioned above). This program gives a basic introduction to the three habitats and includes activities such as seining, species collection, plankton studies, and water analysis. More activiteis are available depending on time and location of program.

Urban Rivers

Using traditional techniques, students discover the effect human development has had on these vital watershed areas. Participants collect and test fresh water and examine the variety of organisms that make these habitats home. Learn how urban rivers have a direct effect on the health of Narragansett Bay. All Save The Bay programs are designed to be a vehicle to aid teachers in helping their students achieve the Rhode Island Grade Span Expectations for science and The Next Generation for Science Standards.

*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.