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Sunday, April 1, 2018
Boston Neck Road (Route 1A), North Kingstown

Known to many simply as Rome Point, the John H. Chafee Nature Preserve is one of the few natural spaces in RI that may be more popular in the colder months than any other season. Harbor seals migrate into this area in October and stay through the winter and spring. This hike is 2.5 miles long and may be challenging to young children – but the potential to see Harbor Seals will definitely motivate them!

Please note: I recognize and am sensitive to the fact that this is scheduled for Easter Sunday. My schedule this winter and spring has been a bit challenging. Hopefully you can join us after your Easter Brunch and/or Egg Hunt! If not, may I suggest you go out to Rome Point on your own – just try to go during low tide as this is the best time to see the seals.

  • Please give yourself plenty of time to find parking and ready yourself for our hike. Usually I am not so strict about the time we start. However, the best time to view the seals is during low tide so we’ll want to start hiking and get to Rome Point as quickly as possible.
  • This hike can easily take 2-3 hours. Plan to stay awhile as Rome Point, where we’ll watch the seals, is a great place to explore and play.
  • Please dress appropriately! It can be quite windy at Rome Point, so bring layers and a hat and gloves.
  • Bring plenty of healthy, hearty snacks and water!
  • If you have binoculars or a spotting scope, be sure to bring them along.
  • Click here for more information about the Chafee Nature Preserve, including directions.
  • Click here for a list of guidelines for hiking with kids.


Also for this hike, an exciting opportunity!
You can earn 5,000 points at this hike through the Roger Williams Park Zoo’s Nature Swap. Participants in the program bring in natural “found” items to collect points for swapping with items in their collection. Each Nature Swap “Quest” allows participants to earn 5,000 bonus points in their accounts. Please bring a photo, drawing, or journal page from your hiking experience at Trustom Pond into the Nature Swap, which is open Fridays, 12-4 and Saturdays 10-2. This opportunity is made possible by a Nature Play Grant. For the fourth year in a row, the Roger Williams Park Zoo was one of the recipients of a Nature Play grant, which was developed by the Children & Nature Network (C&NN) and the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) through a special gift from the Disney Conservation Fund. This grant allows the Zoo to offer free nature based play experiences in various parks, playgrounds, preserves, and other properties that are off zoo grounds–but easy to get to! If transportation support is needed, please contact Samantha Polon at (401) 785-3510 x353 for information about FREE RIPTA bus passes.


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