Category: activities: outdoor

Practically Perfect Hike: Sachuest Point

Practically Perfect Hike: Sachuest Point

[ 3 ] May 26, 2010 |

Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge has trails civilized enough for a stroller (with tires), broad rocks for climbing, water access, beautiful views…and bathrooms. It’s right down the road from Second Beach in Middletown, between the Sakonnet River and Rhode Island Sound, and has a few easy mile-plus loop-making trails to follow. But if your group’s […]

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Playground Hopping

Playground Hopping

[ 6 ] May 12, 2010 |

By Elyse Major I always enjoy when very ordinary things are elevated with fancy or catchy names. For example, I still chuckle remembering how the caterer for my wedding included cucumber rounds topped with a salmon mousse among his lowest cost hors d’oeuvres menu offerings. Of course, the rounds were simply cucumber slices. Brilliant! On […]

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Vernal Pools

Vernal Pools

Temporary, Delicate and Vital Habitats for Wildlife From the Audubon society of Rhode Island Vernal pools are something many people have never heard of, yet they are a vital habitat for many native animals. They are essentially temporary wetlands that form yearly in low-lying areas, glacial depressions, or other poorly draining land. They fill with […]

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Top 5 Things To Do During April School Vacation

Top 5 Things To Do During April School Vacation

[ 5 ] April 18, 2010 |

1. Head to a beach. This time of year, the beaches are quiet and perfect for beach-combing. Dress for the weather and bring a bucket to hold your treasures. We love making castles and sculptures and leaving them on the beach for others to discover but you may prefer to bring your collection home. 2. […]

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A New Spin on Earth Day

A New Spin on Earth Day

[ 5 ] April 17, 2010 |

By Jeanine Silversmith On Thursday, April 22, I plan to celebrate Earth Day a bit differently than I’ve done in the past. As an environmentalist and director of Rhode Island Families in Nature as well as a former classroom science teacher, environmental club advisor, environmental educator, and – let’s face it – hippie, I usually […]

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Celebrate Earth Day 2010: Audubon invites you to unplug and take a walk!

Celebrate Earth Day 2010: Audubon invites you to unplug and take a walk!

Take to the Trails! Offers a Week-long Schedule of Free Guided Hikes to Encourage Outdoor Exploration April 17 — 25, 2010 Audubon encourages Rhode Island residents of all ages to log off the computer and electronics for a day and celebrate planet Earth by plugging into nature. The big yellow bus pulled into an Audubon […]

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Book Review: The Green Hour

Book Review: The Green Hour

[ 3 ] April 13, 2010 |

Reviewed by Katy Killilea Regarding happy children, the evidence is clear: one requirement is time outside in unstructured activity. GreenHour.org, a website of the National Wildlife Foundation, encourages families to carve out one hour every day for outdoor exploration and play. It’s hard to imagine an argument against that. And it doesn’t sound hard to […]

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PawSox Season Starts April 8, 2010. Kids Eat Free at McCoy: some resctrisons apply

PawSox Season Starts April 8, 2010. Kids Eat Free at McCoy: some resctrisons apply

[ 0 ] April 2, 2010 |

For the second year in a row, the Pawtucket Red Sox announce a Kids Eat Free* at McCoy Stadium initiative that will provide youngsters (aged 12 & under) attending a PawSox game at McCoy with a concession coupon good for a free hot dog, Pepsi, and bag of chips. Youngsters, who must be holding a […]

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Animal Sounds

Animal Sounds

[ 2 ] March 22, 2010 |

By Roger Williams Park Zoo, Education Department Like learning to count or recite the alphabet, learning animal sounds is a fundamental part of childhood.  We often ask our little ones, “What sound does a cow make?” and then giggle with glee when “mooo” comes out of the mouth of babes. If we ask children, and […]

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Winter Safari

Winter Safari

[ 9 ] February 24, 2010 |

By Jeanine Silversmith I’ve had enough. Between the sinus infections and fevers, the wind and the rain, the frigid temperatures, and the toddler who absolutely refuses to wear mittens yet screams, “Cold! Cold!” while pointing to his chubby, purple hands, I am pretty much done with winter. For those of you who know me or […]

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