Public Programs

Scroll down to see all of our current programs!  Please read our cancellation policy and mobility statement at the bottom of the page.
Registration is required for all programs except Sunday Guided Bird Walks

 FREE Guided Bird Walks


Sundays: April 2nd, April 16th, April 30th (8:00 am – 10:00 am)

Free, No Registration Required

Lace up your boots and grab your binoculars for Sunday Bird Walks at Norman Bird Sanctuary. Birding masters and beginners alike are welcome to join our experts as they prowl the best bird watching spots that NBS has to offer. No registration required, just meet in the parking lot at 8 am.


April Fool’s Nature Program

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Saturday, April 1st (1:30 pm – 2:30 pm)

$8 Members, $10 Non-members

Recommended for all ages

Does a milk snake really drink milk? Do skunks love skunk cabbage? Join an NBS naturalist for this special guided hike and animal presentation to learn about nature’s pranksters and how to separate fact from foolish fiction. Bring along a sense of humor – you’d be a fool to miss it!


Pre-K Spring Story and Stroll Series

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Thursdays, April 13th, 27th;   May 11th, 25th (1:00 pm – 1:45 pm)

$5 per program, includes 1 child and 1 parent

$2 per additional child per parent

Recommended for ages 12 months – 5 years

Parents and preschoolers! Join NBS educators for a fresh spring series of nature stories geared toward the youngest visitors.  Each week a story will complement a nature walk focused on the sensory experiences around the garden and trails.  This program is rain or shine; in the event of inclement weather, an animal presentation will be substituted for the walk.


Sights & Sounds of Spring


Sunday, April 23rd (10:00 am – 11:30 am)

$8 Members / $10 Non-members

Recommended for all ages

From fragrant Spicebush to exuberant bird songs, spring is filled with new sights, sounds and smells in the forests and thickets at NBS. Experience the crisp air and new green shoots on this naturalist-guided walk in search of the freshest signs of spring.



Eyes on Amphibians

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Sunday, April 30th (2:00 pm – 3:30 pm)

$8 Members / $10 Non-members

Ages 6 and up

Raindate: Sunday, May 7th

Visit NBS for some amphibian exploration!  Learn all about the natural history of amphibians and which species can be found in Rhode Island.  Guests will take a naturalist-guided hike through NBS property, looking for frogs, toads, and salamanders, as well as their eggs in the pond, stream, and vernal pools.

Some rocky terrain on this hike route makes this an intermediate difficulty level.



Spring Migration Ecotour

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Saturday, May 13th (6:30 am – 4:30 pm)

$65 Members / $75 Non-members

Recommended for adults and mature teens of all birding levels

May is an exciting time to see droves of migrating warblers, raptors, shorebirds, and other species. Join NBS naturalists on a trip designed to hit birding hot spots throughout southern New England.  The itinerary will be informed by recent sightings reports.  Whether you’re looking to get a jump on your year list or to simply learn more about birding, you’ll love this tour! Pack a bag lunch to go with provided snacks and water refills.  Dress warmly with appropriate footwear, binoculars and a reusable water bottle are recommended. Sign up now, space is limited!


NBS public programs range in accessibility, but are designed to appeal to the largest group of ages and mobility levels.  Lectures will be indoors and have minimal walking.  Unless otherwise stated, outdoor explorations are generally on even terrain with a few rocks in the path.  If you have concerns about if a program is appropriate for a mobility level or age of a person in your party, please contact the Education Department at 846-2577 x33.


Cancellations are permitted up to 7 days prior to the program date. Transfer of fees to another program is encouraged. No refunds will be given for cancellations within 7 days of the program. Programs are rain or shine. However, we reserve the right to postpone programs due to circumstances beyond our control, such as extreme weather, in which case refunds are not available. In the event that NBS cancels a program for any reason, such as under enrollment, refunds will be given to participants and processed within 30 days.


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