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.

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.

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