Audubon Society of Rhode Island: Connecting Kids with Nature
With better weather just around the corner, a great way to exercise the body and spirit after a long cold winter is to take a nature hike. The Audubon Society of Rhode Island offers free public access to miles of beautiful, peaceful nature trails appropriate for every member of the family. This is an especially good experience for young children, whose busy lives often leave little time for outdoor adventure or exploration.
Spring is a wonderful time to visit Audubon’s Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge in Exeter. You will find the brown landscape turning to green, birds singing, and frogs croaking. Fisherville Brook is a large refuge, with over 900 acres of protected habitat, open space and trails. Families will find three trails marked out at Fisherville, ranging from .3 miles to 1.5 miles – providing pleasant hiking for nature lovers of all ages and abilities. All kinds of wildlife make this refuge their home, with a great variety of habitats including ponds, streams, meadows and tall pine groves. The refuge also has a beautiful waterfall, footbridge, and historic cemetery. Fisherville’s Split Rock Trail is a very popular hiking destination.
Audubon’s Fisherville Brook is just 40 minutes from Providence. Take I-95 South to Route 4 South then to Route 102 North via exit 5B.
Audubon Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge (download map)
Pardon Joslin Road, Exeter, RI
Note: Some of Fisherville’s trails are somewhat long for children younger than 10. Most trails are open from dawn to dusk, 7 days a week.
The Audubon Society of Rhode Island (ASRI) maintains over 9,500 acres of natural habitat all over the State of Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts. Most of these refuges are open to the public and have groomed trails for hiking and nature study. Learn more about the trails and how you can explore them with your kids all year long in this new series from the ASRI.
Photo courtesy Audubon Society of Rhode Island.