Category: activities: outdoor

New All Ages Kidoinfo Story Hour in Downtown Providence This Summer!

New All Ages Kidoinfo Story Hour in Downtown Providence This Summer!

[ 11 ] June 25, 2010 |

Please click here to see the 2013 Family Fun on the Plaza schedule. Families bring a blanket and enjoy different weekly storytellers under the trees near the fountain in Burnside Park. Kidoinfo will feature at least one book each Tuesday morning from a local Rhode Island author or illustrator (see list below). Kidoinfo Providence Story […]

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Horseshoe Crabs

Horseshoe Crabs

By Kristen Swanberg, Senior Director of Education When you hit the beach this summer be on the lookout for horseshoe crabs (Limulus polyphemus). Amazingly, they have been on the planet for over 360 million years. They are one of the oldest creatures living on earth. These creatures look like crabs when you turn them over, […]

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Celebrate Your Local Pollinators

Celebrate Your Local Pollinators

[ 0 ] June 3, 2010 |

By Roger Williams Park Zoo, Education Department Did you know that June 21-27 is National Pollinator Week? It’s time set aside to celebrate the wonderful animals that make possible many of the flowers and fruits we will enjoy this summer. Most animals that pollinate plants are small, making them easy to overlook. But they are […]

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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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