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Audubon Society of Rhode Island: Connecting Kids with Nature

Cool, crisp days present the perfect opportunity to get outside and discover the natural world. Exercise the body and spirit by taking a nature hike with your family this season. The Audubon Society of Rhode Island offers free public access to miles of beautiful, peaceful nature trails appropriate for every member of the family.

Caratunk Wildlife Refuge
301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk, Massachusetts
Free and open to the public dawn until dusk
(Trail Map)

It is hard to believe that the lovely, secluded 200-acre Caratunk Wildlife Refuge in Seekonk is only ten minutes away from busy, downtown Providence. The refuge features three hiking trails – an easy one that can be completed in twenty minutes, and two other clearly marked trails that delve deeper into the Woods. The longer hikes take approximately one hour to finish. The refuge has expansive, open meadows with a large pond, stonewalls and footbridge. This is one of Audubon’s most popular hiking destinations – young children, ages 3 to 5, can easily maneuver the trails, especially through the open fields and light woods. Older kids, looking for a bit more adventure, will enjoy the longer hikes through the forest.

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.

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  • Funny you should mention geocaching – check Kidoinfo this week – Michelle has a great writeup about her recent experience geocaching and how to get started.

  • On your recommendation we went and hiked at Caratunk–it was soooo nice. The yellow trail is nicely bumpy & rocky and a perfect not-so-challenging challenge for a beginning hiker (ages 4-39.) Thank you for reminding us of Caratunk!

    Can anyone write something about geocaching or that other kind of treasure hunt hiking where you use rubber stamps? We don’t know where to begin.