New Dawn Earth Center

Saturday, October 25, 2014

11:15am

75 Wrentham Road, Cumberland

The New Dawn Earth Center is a part of Mercy Ecology, an organization that focuses on connecting people with nature and healing the Earth through school and community outreach, farming, gardening, and more. New Dawn offers programs for all ages and the center includes an educational room with nature themed puppets, toys, and other educational materials. The grounds include hiking trails and a New Dawn staff member will join us to point out some of these wonderful features.

This hike is about 0.5 mile and easy for children. It is not stroller-friendly, but fairly level. Be sure to dress for the weather and wear long pants as well as hiking boots or sturdy sneakers. We will meet at 11:15am sharp in front of the center and begin our hike by 11:30am. Feel free to bring a picnic lunch and explore the center after we hike.

Click here for a list of guidelines for hiking with kids.
Click here for more information about the New Dawn Earth Center.

Get directions or follow ours:

From Route 295 North, take exit 11 for Route 114 North. Follow Route 114 north for about 4 miles and then turn right toward Route 121 East. This will put you onto Wrentham Road. The center will be on your right about 0.25 mile up.

SK Land Trust Scupture Park

Sunday, September 7, 2014

3:00pm

Green Hill Beach Road, between Matunuck School House Road and Bedford Drive

Join us for the Grand Opening of the South Kingstown Land Trust (SKLT) Sculpture Trail. The SKLT Sculpture Park is the brainchild of longtime supporters Troy West and Claudia Flynn, and their hard work and dedication have made it happen.

This is a “mini-hike” of about 0.25-0.5 miles. The sculptures – donated by 16 area artists and specifically designed for this site – are placed along a short loop trail. The opening ceremonies will take place at 3:00pm. Meet some of the artists and enjoy a short reception after the viewing. Be sure to where long pants and closed-toe shoes as there is poison ivy along some parts of the trail. And bring bug spray!

This is a free event and open to everyone, but you must RSVP to Jane Baumann at Jane(dot)baumann(at)sklt(dot)org or at 789-0962 ext. 1.

Click here for a list of guidelines for hiking with kids.
Click here for more information about the SKLT Sculpture Trail.

Get directions or follow ours:

From Route 1, take the exit for Green Hill Beach. You will need to make a left turn onto Green Hill Beach Road. The entrance to the Sculpture Park is about 0.8 mile down on your left. Look for signage for the Grand Opening.

Ninigret NWR/Kettle Pond

Saturday, August 2, 2014

1:00pm

50 Bend Road, Charlestown, 401-364-9124

The trails in the northern section of the Ninigret NWR are flat and easy to navigate through beautiful pine and oak trees, blueberry shrubs and ferns. There are also interactive exhibits, displays, and activities at the Kettle Pond Visitor Center to visit before or after your hike.

This hike is less than 2 miles long and easy for children. We will meet in front of the Visitor Center at 1:00pm and start our hike promptly at 1:15pm. Dress for the weather and bring plenty of snacks and water.

Click here for a list of guidelines for hiking with kids.
Click here for more information about Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge and Kettle Pond Visitor Center, including directions.

Sachuest Point NWR

Saturday, July 12, 2014
10:00am
769 Sachuest Point Road, Middletown, 401-847-5511

Because Sachuest Point NWR sits on a small peninsula surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Sakonnet River, and Sachuest Bay, it can be a great place to cool off in the summer. The 40 acres include salt marsh lands, steep rocky shorelines, observation platforms for year-round birdwatching, and easy, flat, stroller-friendly  trails.

We will take the flat, 1.5 mile Ocean View Loop. If you wish to extend your hike, you can also walk the 1.2 mile Flint Point Loop. Click here for more information, including directions and a trail map.

We’ll meet in front of the Visitors Center at 10:00am and begin our hike promptly at 10:15am. Please give yourself enough time to navigate through beach traffic!

Click here for a list of guidelines for hiking with kids.

Pulaski Park

Sunday, June 22, 2014

11:30am OR 1:30pm

151 Pulaski Road, Chepachet

This 100 acre park offers trails, picnic tables, and a beach, which make it the perfect place for a summer hike!

This hike is 1.3 miles long and easy for children. Bring your bathing suits and beach gear for lunch and swimming after the hike. This hike is part of the RI Great Outdoors Pursuit. You do not need to be registered with the Pursuit beforehand – everyone is welcome! We will be learning about using a compass, geocaching, letterboxing, and more!

Please meet on the beach at 11:30am OR 1:30pm – we will start our hike promptly! Be sure to bring sunblock and bug spray, as well as plenty of snacks and water. Click here for a list of guidelines for hiking with kids.

Click here for more information about Casimir Pulaski Memorial State Park, including directions.

ASRI’s Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge

Sunday, May 11, 2014 (Mother’s Day)

10:00am

Pardon Joslin Road, Exeter

 

Join us for a Mother’s Day hike! The 937 acres of Fisherville Brook are loaded with wonderful scenery and pleasant hiking. There are bridges, a pond, a waterfall, an historic cemetery, a meadow, bird boxes, and more.

We’ll meet in the parking lot at 10:00am and begin our hike promptly at 10:15am. Be sure to bring plenty of snacks and water. Click here for a list of guidelines for hiking with kids.

Click here for more information about Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge, including directions.

Blackstone Park

Sunday, April 13, 2014

2:00pm

corner of Angell Street and Paterson Street, Providence

This 45-acre gem, located within the city of Providence, contains meadows, woodlands, two ponds, wildlife and views of the Seekonk River.

This hike is about 1.2 miles long and easy for children.

We will meet at the corner of Angell Street and Paterson Street at 2:00pm and start our hike promptly at 2:15pm. Give yourself plenty of time to find parking and bring snacks and water. Click here for a list of guidelines for hiking with kids.

Click here for more information about Blackstone Park, including directions.

John H. Chafee Nature Preserve

Saturday, March 15, 2014

2:00pm SHARP!

Boston Neck Road (Route 1A), North Kingstown

Known to many simply as Rome Point, the Chafee Nature Preserve is one of the few natural spaces in RI that may be more popular in winter than any other season. Harbor seals migrate into this area in October and stay through the spring.

This hike is 2.5 miles and is moderately challenging for children. Hopefully we’ll catch a glimpse of some seals! This hike is being sponsored by the Audubon Society of RI – thank you!! Also, many thanks to the folks at RomePointSeals.org for helping us plan our hike!

We will meet in the parking lot at start our hike at 2:00pm SHARP! Please give yourself plenty of time to find a parking spot 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 which, on Saturday, is actually at 1:30pm. So we’ll want to start hiking and get to the point as quickly as possible. If you prefer to go earlier and would like some help planning your hike, just contact me.

Dress for the weather and be sure to bring binoculars if you have them, as well as snacks and water. Click here for a list of guidelines for hiking with kids.

Click here for more information about the John H. Chafee Nature Preserve, including directions.

ASRI’s Fort Nature Refuge

***CANCELLED due to winter storm***

1445 Providence Pike (Route 5), North Smithfield

This 235 acre Audubon refuge indludes three ponds and a diverse variety of wildlife habitat.

We will hike for about 1.5 miles to a pond overlook and through wooded forest. This hike is moderate for children and there is ample opportunity to extend your hike. Dress for the weather and bring plenty of snacks and water – and maybe some hot cocoa for when we finish! Click here for a list of guidelines for hiking with kids.

***CANCELLED due to expected winter storm.***

Click here for more information about the Fort Nature Refuge, including directions.

ASRI’s McIntosh Wildlife Refuge and Environmental Education Center

Monday, January 20, 2014

11:00am

1401 Hope Street (Rte. 114), Bristol

We’ll enjoy a stroller-friendly, 1/2 mile walk along a boardwalk through fresh and saltwater marshes, across the East Bay Bike Path, to a majestic view of Narragansett Bay. Then, for a small admission fee, you can visit the Audubon Environmental Education Center (EEC), a state-of-the-art natural history museum and aquarium with interactive exhibits featuring local habitats and fun activities to learn about and enjoy nature.

We’ll meet in front of the EEC at 11:00am and begin our hike promptly at 11:15am. Be sure to dress appropriately and bring plenty of snacks and water. Click here for a list of guidelines for hiking with kids.

Click here for more information about McIntosh Wildlife Refuge and EEC, including directions.

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