Take a closer look at Narragansett Bay habitats this month

Take a closer look at Narragansett Bay habitats this month

NEWPORT, R.I. – Nov. 5, 2018 – Explore a change in scenery at Save The Bay’s Exploration Center and Aquarium this November. The center is putting Narragansett Bay’s many varied habitats at the forefront of this month’s programming. Expert aquarium staff will guide guests through exhibits and displays exploring the subject, while self-guided activities—including crafts, a scavenger hunt and storytime—will help even the youngest visitors understand habitat diversity.

Narragansett Bay, an estuarine ecosystem found where rivers meet sea, supports an exceptional variety of interacting habitats, each hosting a different array of creatures and plant life. Guests to the aquarium this month will discover which creatures nestle in eelgrass beds, scuttle among salt marshes, hide in the crevices of rocky shores and swim through freshwater.

Visitors to the aquarium this month can also meet and learn about the aquarium’s newest guests and their habitats, from a rare blue lobster and an Atlantic sea raven, to locally-discovered trunkfish from tropical climates and bull frog tadpoles.

To get an even closer look at the lives of Bay creatures, guests can purchase tickets to this month’s Feeding Frenzy at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15. This exciting after-hours event allows guests to participate in the aquarium creatures’ favorite time of day: feeding time. Those who want to see what all the splashing is about can buy $10 tickets ($8 for members) at savebay.org/feedingfrenzy.

The Exploration Center and Aquarium is located in the Easton’s Beach Rotunda at 175 Memorial Blvd. in Newport, Rhode Island. The center is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday, from Labor Day to Memorial Day, and will also be open Monday, Nov. 12 for the Veterans Day holiday.

The Exploration Center and Aquarium now offers free general admission to all active and veteran military and first responders with current ID, as well as a reduced admission of $7 for their guests. General admission to the Aquarium is $8; $7 for seniors, college students with ID and guests of military and first responders; and free for children under 3, Save The Bay Family members, all active and veteran military and first responders with current ID.

For more information about the Exploration Center and Aquarium, visit savebay.org/aquarium or call 401-324-6020. The Exploration Center and Aquarium is supported, in part, by Corvias Solutions.

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About Save The Bay: Founded in 1970, Save The Bay works to protect and improve Narragansett Bay and its watershed through advocacy, education, and restoration efforts. It envisions a fully swimmable, fishable, healthy Narragansett Bay, accessible to everyone and globally recognized as an environmental treasure.

*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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