PROVIDENCE - Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) spoke today at Save the Bays ribbon cutting for the Explore the Bay campus at Fields Point. The new campus will host a dynamic program that allows students with limited economic and educational resources to sail Narragansett Bay and study marine sciences. The program fosters an early appreciation for the Bay as students learn first hand how they can help protect and preserve one of Rhode Islands greatest resources. The Explore the Bay Campus will also provide expanded science education opportunities for students as well as teacher training and research programs for Providence public schools. Reed secured $500,000 for Explore the Bay programs in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 Omnibus Appropriations Bill that was signed into law last December. In FY 04, Reed secured another $500,000 for the program and in FY 02 he secured $2 million for construction of the new campus.Seeing this important project come to fruition is almost as thrilling as the look of wonder and fascination that I saw on the faces of young Rhode Islanders last summer as they sailed onto Narragansett Bay, Reed stated. This new center will allow even more young people to learn firsthand how they can help to clean up and preserve one of Rhode Islands most precious natural resources.