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Richard C. Wheeler Bay Learning Center
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Our two granddaughters live within the boundary of the Buzzard’s Bay water environment. They were... read more

Reviewed 24 August 2018
301bobc
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EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE ABOUT BUZZARDS BAY

On our first daytrip in New Bedford, we were unable to find The Richard C. Wheeler Bay Learning... read more

Reviewed 12 August 2018
Maurene_K
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Reviewed 24 August 2018 via mobile

Our two granddaughters live within the boundary of the Buzzard’s Bay water environment. They were excited about finding there neighborhood on the large map. All the land masses are identified within the large map of Buzzard’s Bay, including lighthouses, ledges, Cape Cod Canal, and shorelines. The guide was very welcoming and invited lots of questions. If you live near Buzzard’s Bay, it is worth your time to spend 15 to 30 minutes here.

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Reviewed 12 August 2018

On our first daytrip in New Bedford, we were unable to find The Richard C. Wheeler Bay Learning Center at Buzzards Bay Coalition because the Garmin led us past it and around a corner to several businesses. At my friend’s house, we looked it up on a Google map. It was before the turn. So, on another daytrip to New Bedford, we knew exactly where it was. The sign out front wasn’t very big.

Admission was free.

This attraction is operated by the Save Buzzards Bay group. Its purpose is to educate people about Buzzards Bay and how to protect it.

One of the main exhibits was a large 3-D map of the Buzzards Bay estuary done to scale. It showed not only the land and sea but also the underwater ledges and banks underneath.

There were fish tanks that showed the difference between clean and polluted water.

One of the docents accompanied us as we browsed the exhibits. He added additional commentary to the displays.

Outside, there was a sculpture garden with huge eelgrass. We thought it could have been more attractive.

Since the attraction is located in New Bedford's Historic District, a visit there can be easily combined with visiting other attractions.

We rate The Richard C. Wheeler Bay Learning Center at 4.25.

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1  Thank Maurene_K
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Reviewed 20 April 2018

With the wonderful map and photos, a quick familiarity arises. Dick Wheeler kindly wrote an Introduction to my husband’s book on bird speech, Birdtalk— which he gave 80 talks on, two in the U.K., one in Milano, in Italian. (Radio Uno and RAI Tre had him on.)

Thank Mohlpowers
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Reviewed 14 November 2017

Give your kids an overview of the Buzzards Bay watershed, the streams, ponds and rivers that feed the Bay and their need for careful protection. Teach your children their activities far from the Bay affect the life in the Bay. Home of the BayKeepers watching the quality of Buzzards Bay's key tributaries and the Bay for many years to assist in guiding careful land use.

Thank pearlyww
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Reviewed 1 January 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit!! Very interesting 3-D map of Buzzards Bay, lots of information, and knowledgeable/friendly staff!!

Thank GeorgiaLucy41
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

Named after a world-class kayaker, subject of a Nova Special "Haunted Cry of a Long Gone Bird," when he followed the route of the Great Auk, now extinct, from Funk Island N of Newfoundland to Buzzards Bay. Took the Auks a few weeks, Mr Wheeler, a few months, though often Newfoundlanders offered him meals, sometimes "assorted sea meat," sea gulls, because of the reduction in fish.

Thank Jim J
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Reviewed 1 January 2016

The Richard C. Wheeler Bay Learning Center is an introduction to the advocative and visionary work of the Buzzards Bay Coalition. The exhibit is housed within the principal BBC administrative office building. The restored and green historic brick and granite building on Front Street gives an optimistic thumbs up to a revitalized New Bedford waterfront. This will be a starting point to learn of the many efforts made to restore habitat and water quality and landscapes across the South Coast. Their recent Acushnet Saw Mills park is a tribute to the history and ecology of the region. This excellent organization is worthy of our support and involvement.

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