Scientists: Logistics & Facilities

Headquarters & Facilities

Innis Arden Cottage at Greenwich Point Park

The center of operations will be Innis Arden Cottage and the nearby grounds, which will be open and available to scientists for the entire 24 hours of the event.  The cottage and surrounding area, including grassy, beach, and parking lot areas, will be the main gathering place for scientists and exhibitors.

Arrival: You may arrive as early as 1:00 PM on Friday to start setting up.

Equipment/Logistics: You are encouraged to bring your collected specimens here for identification if ID in the field is impossible or impractical.  We will be under a huge party tent with plenty of room for your set-up.  There will be tables, chairs, electricity, lighting, and internet available.  Space will be assigned.  Lighting will be good but sometimes having your own desk lamps and illumination is helpful.  Please bring your field equipment, coolers, collection bottles, fluids, dissecting or compound microscopes, etc. as needed.

There will be plenty of food/water/coffee/snacks available for team members.

There is plenty of parking available to us and we are working on securing a couple of vans for people traveling from Storrs.

There are rooms in the cottage that will be assigned for specific functions, more info to come as we organize.

The Greenwich Point Park has a wide variety of habitat quite close to the center of operations.  Most of it is within walking or biking distance but cars are allowed in the park.  See the Bioblitz Area Map of these covered area and the tide schedule.

Aerial view of Greenwich Point Park

Directions

From the NorthEast (Storrs, Boston, NH) – from I84 take use 2nd lane from the left to take exit 57 for CT-15 S toward I-91 S/Charter Oak Bridge/N.Y.City; then after about 1.9 miles take exit 86 to merge onto I-91 S for 17 miles; take exit 17 to merge onto CT-15 S/ Wilbur Cross parkway and continue for 32 miles; take exit 52 to Rte 108 S/ Rte 8 S toward Bridgeport and follow signs to Route 8 S for 5 miles; take the Interstate Route 95 S exit toward New York City and follow I-95 S for 23 miles; take exit 5 for US Route 1 N; turn right onto US Rte 1 N; in 0.2 miles turn right onto Sound Beach Avenue; in 1.8 miles turn right onto Shore Drive; after a slight left Shore Drive turns into Tod’s Driftway and you are there!

From the East (New London, New Haven) –  from I 95  S take exit 5 to merge onto US Route 1 N in Greenwich; in 0.2 miles turn right onto Sound Beach Avenue; in 1.8 miles turn right onto Shore Drive; after a slight left Shore Drive turns into Tod’s Driftway and you are there!

From the North (Springfield, Amherst) – from I-91 S toward New York City take exit 17 to merge onto CT-15 S/ Wilbur Cross parkway and continue for 32 miles; take exit 52 to Rte 108 S/ Rte 8 S toward Bridgeport and follow signs to Route 8 S for 5 miles; take the Interstate Route 95 S exit toward New York City and follow I-95 S for 23 miles; take exit 5 for US Route 1 N; turn right onto Rte 1 N; in 0.2 miles turn right onto Sound Beach Avenue; in 1.8 miles turn right onto Shore Drive; after a slight left Shore Drive turns into Tod’s Driftway and you are there!

From the West (New York City) – Use FDR Drive  to get to I 278 E and I 95 N to US Rte 1 N in Greenwich; take exit 5 for US Route 1 N; turn right onto Rte 1 N; in 0.2 miles turn right onto Sound Beach Avenue; in 1.8 miles turn right onto Shore Drive; after a slight left Shore Drive turns into Tod’s Driftway and you are there!

 

Parking

By 1-1:30pm on Friday, you will be welcome to start setting up.  Signs will indicate where you can load and unload your car – conveniently at the entrance to the cottage, the parking lot staging area and tents, or elsewhere depending on your surveying needs.  More info to come as we get closer to the event.

Food

Food and coffee will be available throughout the event only to registered participants.  All taxonomists or volunteers must be registered!  Let us know immediately if you have a change in people attending with your team so we can adjust our food order.  Similarly, if you are not planning to attend some of the meals (dinner, breakfast, lunch), let us know as soon as possible.  More info coming as we get closer to the event.

Lodging

Multiple areas in the park, near and in the cottage, will be available as sleeping quarters for registered scientists – please bring a sleeping mat and sleeping bag if you plan to sleep.  There are excellent bathroom facilities available to all registered attendees.