The Exploration Center and Aquarium explores the “Birds of The Bay” this June, welcomes a rare orange lobster

Save The Bay’s Exploration Center and Aquarium explores the “Birds of The Bay” this June, welcomes a rare orange lobster

NEWPORT, R.I. – June 6, 2019 – The birds of Narragansett Bay soar into the spotlight at Save The Bay’s Exploration Center and Aquarium this June. This month’s aquarium visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the hundreds of bird species that frequent local waters through self-guided activities, including a craft, themed stories, and a scavenger hunt. With Memorial Day behind us, the Exploration Center and Aquarium on Easton’s Beach in Newport has resumed summer hours and is now open daily, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

June’s “Birds of The Bay” programming theme intends to draw attention to the more than 200 bird species that flock to Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay from around the world every year, including great egret, osprey and piping plover. Guests to the aquarium will learn all about these local birds by building their very own bird out of recycled materials, embarking on a bird-themed scavenger hunt, exploring a selection of themed stories, or by stepping outside onto Easton’s Beach to view them firsthand.

While visitors at the aquarium are learning about local birds, they can also meet the aquarium’s newest arrival: a rare orange lobster. Though less surprising in color than the ever-popular blue lobster, orange and yellow lobsters occur even more infrequently, only appearing once in every 30 million.

Guests who are interested in getting an even closer look at Bay creatures can purchase tickets to this month’s Feeding Frenzy, taking place on Thursday, June 20 at 5 p.m. This exciting after-hours event allows guests to participate in the aquarium creatures’ favorite time of day: feeding time. Tickets ($10 general admission; $8 for Save The Bay members) can be purchased 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 daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Memorial Day-Labor Day. General admission to the Aquarium is $8; $7 for seniors and college students with ID; and free for children under 3 and Save The Bay Family members. The Exploration Center and Aquarium also now offers free general admission to all military and first responders with current ID, as well as a reduced admission of $7 for their guests.

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 is currently celebrating 50 years of advocacy, education, and restoration efforts in its mission to protect and improve Narragansett Bay and its watershed. An 18-month celebration marks the anniversary with special events and a capital campaign to unite the community and lay the foundation for Save The Bay’s continued work toward 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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