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.

Maxwell Mays Wildlife Refuge

Saturday, December 7, 2013

11:00am

2082 Victory Highway, Coventry, 401-949-5454

This Audubon refuge is named after Maxwell Mays, a folk artist best known for his paintings of historic Rhode Island. Mays donated 295 acres of land as part of his life estate and, in October 2011, it opened as the Mawell Mays Wildlife Refuge.

We will follow the easy 1.3 mile trail to Carr’s Pond, a beautiful 11-acre pond which is home to river otters and beavers, as well as many types of fish and invertebrates. There is opportunity to extend your hike if you wish.

We will meet in the parking lot at 11:00am and start our hike promptly at 11:15am. 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 the Maxwell Mays Wildlife Refuge, including directions.

Francis C. Carter Memorial Preserve

Saturday, November 16, 2013

1:00pm

off Rte. 112 and Old Mill Rd, Charlestown

As one of the largest protected areas in RI, The Nature Conservancy’s Carter Preserve boasts more than 5 miles of well-marked hiking trails through rare pitch pine/scrub oak and a 35 acre grassland. It’s beautiful!

This hike is 2.1 miles long and easy for children. Dogs are welcome as long as they are leashed and you clean up after them. Please note that it is archery season.  Flourescent orange is recommended during hunting season. However, we don’t see any inherent conflicts with hiking as deer (and hunters) are much less active during the day and avoid the trails. Learn more here.

We will meet in the parking lot off of Old Mill Road at 1:00pm and start our hike promptly at 1:15pm. 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 the Francis C. Carter Memorial Preserve, including directions.

Diamond Hill

Monday, October 14, 2013

10:30am

Route 114, Cumberland

Once a former ski slope, Diamond Hill offers spectacular views and a fairly gradual climb to the summit for young ones and older kids to enjoy.

We will take the wooded path from the paved road to get to the summit (easily identified by the old ski lift footings) for a total of about 1.5miles. This is a moderately challenging hike for kids.

We’ll meet in the parking lot at 10:30am and begin our hike promptly at 10:45am. 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 Diamond Hill Park, including directions.

Canonchet Farm

Sunday, September 22, 2013

1:00pm

Anne Hoxsie Lane, Narragansett

   Photo © Bill Krul

Tom Fortier, a naturalist, arborist and forensic forester, will lead our hike along the well managed trails and highlight some of Canonchet Farm’s unique cultural and natural features as part of the RI Land Trust Days.

This hike is about 1.5 miles long and is easy for children.

We will meet on Anne Hoxsie Lane, directly across the street from the Narragansett Town Beach South Pavilion, and start our hike promptly at 1:00pm.  Be sure to bring 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 Canonchet Farm, including directions.

Neutaconkanut Hill

Sunday, August 25, 2013

1:00pm

675 Plainfield St, Providence

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 moderately challenging for children.

We will meet in the parking lot by the pool, playground, and skate park at 1:00pm and start our hike promptly at 1:15pm. 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 Neutaconkanut Hill, including directions.

Pulaski Park

Saturday, July 20, 2013

10:00am

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 a picnic lunch and your bathing suits and beach gear for lunch and swimming after the hike.

We will meet in the parking lot 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. 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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