It’s spring at last! Bring the family and enjoy sweet maple sugaring or get outside and take a guided hike on a wildlife refuge. The warmer weather is on its way, so pull on some boots, head outside, and enjoy nature with Audubon!
Unless noted, registration is required for all programs. A complete listing of activities and programs are detailed in the Audubon Nature Tours and Programs, a free guide to connecting with the natural world. Register online at www.asri.org or call (401) 949-5454.
March 1, 2014 Winter Walk and Chili with Audubon
Audubon Kimball Wildlife Refuge
Charlestown, RI 10:00 am — 1:00 pm
Join Kimball naturalist Bob Kenney on an exploration of the snow-covered woods and fields of the Kimball Refuge and Burlingame State Park next door, in the quietest season of the year. Our past winter walks have discovered squirrel, deer, and fox tracks in the snow; crossbills in the pines; otters, muskrats, and even bald eagles on the frozen pond; and a Northern Three-toed Woodpecker in 1991. We’ll finish by warming up around the stove with a steaming bowl of vegetarian chili. Start wishing for fresh snow now (good for tracks), only not as much as in some years!
Kimball Wildlife Refuge, 180 Sanctuary Road, Charlestown, RI; Program Fee: $10/member adult, $5/member child; $14/non-member adult, $7/non-member child. Fee includes lunch. Ages: All.
March 1, 2014 Citizens Bank Free Family Fun Day
Audubon Environmental Education Center
1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI 9:00 am — 5:00 pm
Admission to the Audubon Society of Rhode Island’s Environmental Education Center will be free on the first Saturday of every month, courtesy of a grant from the Citizens Bank Foundation.
Families can explore environmental exhibits representing Rhode Island’s diverse habitats, from upland meadow and cornfields to wetlands, salt marshes and the Narragansett Bay shoreline.
Situated on the beautiful 28-acre McIntosh Wildlife Refuge, visitors can enjoy nature trails.
The following programs are free:
- Nature Craft: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
- Nature Story: 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
- Animal Interview: 11:00 a.m.
- The Lost Birds Project: Movie Screening: 2:00 — 3:00 pm
Gone and nearly forgotten, the Labrador Duck, Great Auk, Heath Hen, Carolina Parakeet and Passenger Pigeon have left a hole in the American landscape and in our collective memory. Moved by their stories, sculptor Todd McGrain set out to bring their vanished forms back into the world by placing his elegant, evocative bronze memorials at the location of each bird’s demise. The Lost Bird Project tells the birds’ extinction stories and follows McGrain’s attempt to find permanent homes for the sculptures. Program is free but registration is required as space is limited. For ages teen to adult.
March 2, 9, 23, 30, 2014 Winter Wonder Walks
Audubon Environmental Education Center Bristol, RI 1:00 — 2:00 pm
Take a brisk walk and explore the great outdoors at Audubon’s Environmental Education Center. An Audubon educator will highlight winter plant and animal adaptations and talk about how weather affects our local landscape. So get outside, discover nature in the winter months, and just maybe spot some amazing local wildlife.
March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9, 2014 Nature Quest Club
Audubon Environmental Education Center Bristol, RI 3:45 — 4:45 pm
Audubon combines nature and science exploration in this discovery club for young naturalists ages 7 to 10. Kids gain knowledge and understanding of current environmental topics and build a passion for the natural world through fun, hands-on discoveries and outdoor exploration. Limited to 12 Questers.
Program fee for six week series: $60/member child, $76/member two siblings; $65/non-member child, $82/ non-member two siblings; Ages: 7+.
March 6 & 7: Storytime: Chickadee and the Whale by Catherine Clark
Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Program Times are 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on March 6, and 10:00 a.m. only on March 7. Program Fee: $5/member child, $6/non-member child; Ages 3-5.
March 8 and 15, 2014 Audubon Maple Sugaring Breakfast
Audubon Parker Woodland Wildlife RefugeÂ Coventry, RI 9:00 am — 12:00 pm
Step back in time at Parker Woodland Wildlife Refuge and experience the history of maple sugaring. Learn how maple sugaring started with Native Americans and how to make this sweet syrup in your own backyard. Participants taste first hand this delectable treat over breakfast. Sample pancakes, muffins and doughnuts – all with fresh maple syrup. Tours start every 15 minutes at 9:00 am. Please register in advance, this is a popular program and space is limited.
Parker Woodland Wildlife Refuge, Maple Valley Road, Coventry, RI; Program Fee: $12/member adult, $6/member child; $18/non-member adult, $9/non-member child; Ages: 5+.
Sunday Nature Flicks
Audubon Environmental Education Center,Â Bristol, RI 2:30 — 3:30 pm
Looking to get out of the house this winter? Take a trip to Audubon for an afternoon of fascinating nature documentaries on the big screen. Free with admission.
- March 9: Life in the Undergrowth Series
This film series by David Attenborough captures the beauty, diversity and spectacular lives of the world’s most amazing insects.
- March 16: What Plants Talk About
Explore the “secret world of plants” and learn how different species behave and communicate with each other and their environment so that they can survive and thrive.
- March 23: Wings of Life
Meryl Streep narrates this beautiful film that celebrates the creatures that are responsible for a third of the world’s food supply and are also in critical need of our help for survival.
- March 30: Ocean Frontiers II
This film is second in an award-winning series that highlights historic and modern uses of New England waters and introduces the idea of collaborative ocean planning in the Ocean State.
March 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17, May 1, 2014 Li’l Peeps
Audubon Environmental Education Center Bristol, RI 9:45 — 10:45 pm
This popular program introduces children ages 18 to 36 months to the delights of nature through age-appropriate, hands-on activities. Along with a nature lesson, activities may include nature walks, crafts, songs and stories. This is a wonderful opportunity to make new friends with the other children and parents. Class is limited to 12 children so please register early. Adults must accompany children and there are no refunds for missed classes. In order to maintain an age-appropriate program we ask that older siblings not accompany the parent/child team. There will be no class April 24, 2013 due to school vacation.
Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Program fee for six week series: $60/member child, $76/member two siblings; $65/non-member child, $82/non-member two siblings; Ages: Ages 1-3.
March 27, 2014 New for Families!
Good Night Nature
Audubon Environmental Education Center Bristol, RI 6:30 — 7:30 pm
Visit Audubon for a special nighttime adventure! Listen to a nature story, visit with one of our animal friends, and make a craft. Best of all, you are welcome to wear your PJ’s if you would like! This one-hour program is for children ages 3 to 8. Adults must accompany children, registration is required.
Program Fee: $10 per member adult/child pair; $5 each additional member; $12 per non-member adult/child pair; $6 each additional non-member. Ages 3-8.