WESTPORT — The Horseneck Point Life-Saving Station will be open to the public over Columbus Day weekend for visitors who wish to delve into the area’s maritime past, learn about the plants and animals of Buzzards Bay, and discover the scenic beauty of the coast.

The historic coastal rescue station, located near the causeway to Gooseberry Island, will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. over the three-day weekend.

A special event is set for Monday, Oct. 12, when the center will host a photographic scavenger hunt. The activity will be led by photographer Greg Stone and is free of charge. However, space is limited and registration is required.

Built in 1888 to protect sailors along a dangerous stretch coastline, the station was restored and reopened as a visitor center in 2009 by the Westport Fishermen’s Association. Today it is managed by the Buzzards Bay Coalition.

Admission is free. In keeping with public health regulations, all visitors will be asked to wear a mask while inside the station. Visitors may be asked to wait outside if the building is at capacity.

The Horseneck Point Life-Saving Station is typically open to the public seasonally from June through September, and hosts select programs throughout the fall and winter.

Those who register for the nature photography program will receive pre-program information. The group will gather with Stone at the Gooseberry Island parking lot at 9 a.m. for guidance and tips on what to look for and how to capture well-composed photographs. Participants will then “scavenge” Gooseberry Island for photos to fulfill their assignment—and learn by doing.

Participants will be able to share favorite images in a Facebook Group open only to those who are registered for the event. For more information about the Photographic Scavenger Hunt or to register, visit savebuzzardsbay.org/events.

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