For the third year, the , a group of local nonprofit organizations, has created an Aquidneck Island Treasure Map for families. Modeled after the State of Rhode Island’s Great Outdoors Pursuit, the Treasure Map & Family Passport is a great way for both residents and visitors to explore the outdoors and discover a variety of sites and events on Aquidneck Island. Families and friends are encouraged to form teams and collect stamps on a ‘passport’ by visiting the participating organizations’ sites. Teams with at least five stamps are eligible to win prizes including an EMS kayak rental, an overnight stay at Rose Island Lighthouse and a gift basket filled with prizes from each of the organizations. A drawing will be held on July 9 at a mid-summer event at the Newport County YMCA. Entries may also be mailed to Save The Bay at P.O. Box 851, Newport, RI 02840. The deadline to enter is October 31.
A variety of special events are listed on the Treasure Map & Family Passport. These events offer another fun opportunity to explore different local sites and have your passport stamped. Events include Windmill Wednesdays at Prescott Farm on the last Wednesday of each month,YMCA Family Fun Day on July 9, a Civil War Reenactment at Fort Adams on July 9 & 10, Take Me Fishing Day at Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge on August 13, Movies on the Rocks at Ballard Park on August 10, 17 & 24, and the annual Harvest Fair at Norman Bird Sanctuary on October 1 and 2.
The Aquidneck Island Nature Collaborative formed in 2009 in order to promote Aquidneck Island’s green spaces and places, and encourage families to go outside together. Participating organizations include Aquidneck Land Trust, City of Newport, Friends of Ballard Park, Friends of National Wildlife Refuges of RI, Historic Fort Adams, Green Animals Topiary Garden, Newport County YMCA, Newport Restoration Foundation, Norman Bird Sanctuary, Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation, Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge, and Save The Bay.
Copies of the Treasure Map are available at the Newport Gateway Visitors Center, as well as online at each of the participating organization’s web sites. For updates on programs and events, visit the group’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AINCRI The 2011 Aquidneck Island Treasure Map is generously supported by the Newport & Bristol County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, Eastern Mountain Sports and NewportFed.