This year the Bruce Museum Seaside Center has two new summer naturalists, Marianna Perrier of Larchmont, NY, and Alex Purcell of Westport, CT. The naturalists oversee daily operations at the beachfront educational facility at Greenwich Point Park, leading drop-in and special programs highlighting the ecology of the Long Island Sound. Working with college and high school interns and volunteers, they care for fish, crabs and other animals in five marine aquaria and welcome visitors to learn more about the natural world.
Both of this year’s naturalists were drawn to the seasonal position because of their experience as educators and are enjoying the opportunity to learn about the marine environment. The Bruce Museum Seaside Center is located in the Floren Family Environmental Center at Innis Arden Cottage at Greenwich Point Park beside a beautiful sandy beach and just a few steps from a lush, natural saltmarsh and the estuarine waters of Long Island Sound.
Marianna Perrier
Marianna Perrier most recently served as an outreach instructor for the Bruce Museum, bringing Brucemobile programs in art and science to area schools. Growing up by the Mianus River and spending summers biking, sailing, playing tennis and teaching arts and crafts on Fire Island, she developed a passion for nature and the water.
“I’m excited to share with others my love for the outdoors and the sea,” she says.
Perrier is a graduate of Connecticut College, where she majored in graphic design and illustration, minoring in anthropology, and spent her junior year at The School For Field Studies in Kenya studying wildlife biology. After college she lived in London and France, married and moved to Larchmont, NY.
Alex Purcell
Alex Purcell is a recent graduate of the University of Vermont, majoring in elementary education. Purcell gained practical experience at ECHO aquarium and Shelburne Farms in Vermont and currently resides in Westport, CT, where she spends much of her free time at Compo Beach.
“I love making lessons fun and engaging for kids. Learning about the marine world is a wonderful new experience for me,” she shares.
Bruce Museum Seaside Center naturalists are on hand throughout the summer until Labor Day, September 3, Tuesday through Sunday, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Beach and parking passes are required to enter Greenwich Point Park, but the activities at the Seaside Center are all free. Daily drop-in programs include animal feedings on Thursdays and Sundays at 11:30 am, seining on Wednesdays and Sundays at 3:30 pm, arts and crafts from 11:30 to 3:30 pm on Fridays, and more topics such as environmental action for kids, coastal critters, and beach scavenger hunts throughout the week. Visit BruceMuseum.org and look for the Seaside Center tab to see a complete listing of programs and times.
For more information on the Bruce Museum Seaside Center, call 203-637-3515 or email seasidecenter@brucemuseum.org.

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