Neutaconkanut Hill

Saturday, July 25, 2015

10:00am

675 Plainfield St, Providence

Click here to learn about this month’s Family Nature Play Date.

The “Great Hill of Neutaconkanut”, the highest point (and, in our opinion, the best kept secret) of Providence, was actually the northwest boundary in the land agreement between Roger Williams and the Narragansett Sachems.

This hike is about 2 miles long and is challenging for children.

We will meet in the parking lot by the pool, playground, and skate park at 10:00am and start our hike promptly at 10:15am. Be sure to bring sunblock and bug spray, as well as plenty of snacks and water. Long pants tucked into long socks are highly recommended! Click here for a list of guidelines for hiking with kids.

Click here for more information about Neutaconkanut Hill, including directions.

Audubon’s Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge

Sunday, June 14, 2015

11:00am

12 Sanderson Road (Rt. 5), Smithfield

The 120-acres of Powder Mill Ledges are home to many species of animals including white tail deer, coyote, grey fox, and wild turkey as well as a pond, a brook, rock walls, and beautiful trees. We will follow the orange and blue trails for a 2-mile hike, but there are other trails that you can follow to either shorten or extend your outing.

We’ll meet in front of the headquarters 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 Powder Mill Ledges, including directions.
Click here for more information about our Family Nature Play Dates.

Camp Yawgoog

Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 9:00am

61 Camp Yawgoog Road, Rockville

Not usually open to the general public, Camp Yawgoog has an extensive network of hiking trails through more than 1,800 acres of rugged, beautiful landscape that includes three large ponds. As part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the Camp, the Narragansett Council of the Boy Scouts of America is offering free guided hikes each month through October. We’ve been invited to join Marc Cardin of the Boy Scouts on May 9 for one of these hikes and it’s sure to be a wonderful experience!

This hike is about 2 miles long and involves some rugged, steep terrain. It can be challenging for young or inexperienced hikers. However, there are plenty of opportunities to shorten your hike and Boy Scouts and alumni will be there to guide you. Registration is free and not required, but definitely helpful to those planning the day. If you plan to come, please sign up here.

We will meet at the Bucklin Memorial Building at 9:00am and start our hike by 9:15am. Please wear sturdy footwear and weather appropriate clothing and bring plenty of water and snacks. Click here for a list of guidelines for hiking with kids.

Click here for directions to Camp Yawgoog.
Click here for more information about Camp Yawgoog.
Click here for more information about our Family Nature Play Dates.

John H. Chafee Nature Preserve

Sunday, April 5, 2015 at 1:00pm

OR Wednesday, April 15 at 10:00am

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 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 and is moderately challenging for children. Hopefully we’ll catch a glimpse of some seals! Many thanks to the folks at RomePointSeals.org for helping us plan our hike and Hunt’s Photo & Video for extending a discount to us for our new seal watching equipment.

We will meet in the parking lot and start our hike at 1:00pm 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 so we’ll want to start hiking and get to Rome Point as quickly as possible.

There may still be snow on the trails, so please dress appropriately! Be sure to bring snacks and water as well as binoculars or a spotting scope if you have them. 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.
Click here for more information about our Family Nature Play Dates.

ASRI’s McIntosh Wildlife Refuge and Environmental Education Center

Saturday, March 7

1:00pm

1401 Hope Street (Rte 114), Bristol

We have rescheduled our February hike!! Join us and enjoy a 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. That Saturday is actually Free Family Fun Day at 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. Admission is free and there are other activities going on all day.

***Please note!*** The boardwalk is not plowed or shoveled so it is quite snowy. Be sure to wear snow pants and snow boots and bring plenty of snacks and water. Click here for a list of guidelines for hiking with kids.

We will meet in front of the center at 1:00pm and start our hike promptly at 1:15pm.

Click here for more information about McIntosh Wildlife Refuge, including directions.
Click here to learn about our Family Nature Play Dates.

Trustom Pond Wildlife Refuge

Saturday, January 3, 2015

10:00am

1040 Matunuck Schoolhouse Rd, S. Kingstown

Trustom Pond’s views are well worth the visit, and the hiking trails are just as beautiful!

This hike is about 1 mile long and easy for children, and there is ample opportunity to extend your hike. We will meet in the parking lot at 10:00am and start our hike promptly at 10:15am. 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 Trustom Pond, including directions.

To learn more about our Family Naure Play Dates, click here.

Parker Woodland

Sunday, December 21, 2014

1:00pm

1670 Maple Valley Road, Coventry, 401-295-8283

Audubon’s George B. Parker Woodland is an 860-acre refuge extending into Foster, with majestic old forests, meadows and brooks, and mysterious piles of delicately balanced stones called cairns.

This hike is about 2 miles long and moderately challenging for children. Maps will be available for families and there is ample opportunity to extend your hike. We will meet in the parking lot 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 Parker Woodland, including directions.

To learn more about our Family Naure Play Dates, click here.

Cliff Walk

Sunday, November 30, 2014

11:00am

Memorial Blvd west of Easton’s (First) Beach, Newport

Get outside this Thanksgiving weekend and join us for a hike along Newport’s Cliff Walk. The paved path offers gorgeous views of the ocean as well as many of the City by the Sea mansions and Salve Regina University..

This hike is easy for children and stroller-friendly. We will walk for 2.5 miles but you can easily shorten this hike to just over a mile. We will meet at the northern end of the Cliff Walk on Memorial Blvd. at 11:00am and start our hike promptly at 11:15am. Dress for the weather – it will be windy!! – and bring plenty of snacks and water.

Click here for a list of guidelines for hiking with kids.
Click here for more information about the Cliff Walk, including directions.

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.

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