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Family Hiking: Audubon’s Maxwell Mays Wildlife Refuge

Go it alone, or join RI Families in Nature on Saturday, December 7th, as we explore this area together.


Maxwell Mays, a folk artist best known for his paintings of historic Rhode Island, was also an environmental conservationist and philanthropist. He donated 295 acres of land to Audubon as part of his life estate and, in October 2011, it opened as the Maxwell Mays Wildlife Refuge.

unnamed-1 The Carr Pond trail is easy to follow and winds through an open meadow, forests, wetlands, streams, and an historic cemetery to the beautiful 11-acre Carr’s Pond. For a longer hike, follow the Hammitt Hill trail to the top of Hammitt Hill.

If you approach Carr’s Pond very quietly and stay a while, you might be able to catch a glimpse a river otter or beaver, both make their home in the pond. There are also many types of fish and invertebrates.

We will meet in the parking lot at 11:00am and begin our hike promptly at 11:15am. Be sure to bring plenty of snacks and water and dress for the weather (in layers and with proper hiking boots or sturdy sneakers).

For more information about the Maxwell Mays Wildlife Refuge, click here. http://www.asri.org/refuges/maxwell-mays-wildlife-refuge.html

See you outside!


The Details

Where: Maxwell Mays Wildlife Refuge
Cost: Free
Bathrooms: none
Hours: dawn to dusk

For more information, including directions: visit the RI Families in Nature website. http://www.rifamiliesinnature.org

Rhode Island Families in Nature Hike: Join Rhode Island Families in Nature every month for a different hike created by and for families who want to spend more time outdoors, explore Rhode Island’s natural places, and reconnect with and reap the many benefits of nature.

Photo Credits: Jeanine Silversmith

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