Newport Third Graders Pitch In to Restore Sachuest Point

Save The Bay, Newport Schools, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service teamed up this year to bring a new hands-on, marine science program to every third grade classroom in Newport. The program culminates May 18 with a restoration project from 8:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Sachuest Point. Students will plant native grasses to help absorb rainwater before it heads into the ocean. In addition, students will explore Easton’s Beach and learn about the importance of algae to the local ecosystem.

The program, part of Save The Bay’s Explore the Bay program, integrates classroom learning with field experiences to teach students about their local environment. Over the last year, students have explored the shoreline, learning about its unique habitat and the animals it supports as well as what seasonal changes take place and why. The curriculum, which aligns with grad-span expectations, also included in-class instruction as well as opportunities for students to interact with live animals native to Narragansett Bay at Save The Bay’s Exploration Center & Aquarium.