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: January 22nd, February 5th, February 19th (8:00 am – 10:00 am)

Free, No Registration Required

Lace up your boots and grab your binoculars for Sunday Bird Walks at the 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.

January Owl Prowl

jan owl prowl

Saturday, January 28th (4:30 pm – 6:00 pm)

The January Owl Prowl is SOLD OUT!

Check back in the fall for the first owl prowl of the owling season, the November Owl Prowl.

It’s Great to Hibernate!


Saturday, February 4th (10:30 am – 11:30 am)

$8 Members, $10 Non-members

Recommended for all ages

Did the groundhog see its shadow or do we have an early spring headed our way? Join NBS educators to learn more about our nation’s favorite season-predicting rodent, hibernation and other strategies animals use to survive the winter. After meeting animal ambassadors, we will hike the trails searching for signs of animal activity.

Bird Feeding Basics


Wednesday, February 8th (6:00 pm – 7:00 pm)

$8 Members, $10 Non-members

Recommended for ages 8 and up

It’s not too late to feed birds!  Watching birds at a backyard feeder is a great way to learn about bird identification and behavior while also helping birds survive the harshest months of the year. NBS’ interactive program will cover a wide range of topics from seeds to storage to help transform your back yard into a winter oasis for our feathered friends. Families will have an opportunity to make a bird feeder out of natural materials!

Evening with the Raptors


Friday, February 17th (7:00 pm – 8:30 pm)

$30 Members, $35 Non-members

Appropriate for adults 21+

Spend a cozy evening by the fire in Mabel’s Studio, learning about local raptor species, adaptations that make them skilled hunters, and how to identify them in their natural habitat.  NBS’ Red-tailed Hawk and Barred Owl will both make an appearance; proceeds directly support our care of these non-releasable wild birds.  Wine, beer and dessert will be served. This special program is offered only once a year, and is a perfect after-dinner outing.

Meet the Animal Ambassadors


Sunday, March 5th (3:00 pm – 4:00 pm)

$8 Members, $10 Non-members

Recommended for all ages

If you love animals, stop in for this hands-on experience at NBS!  Meet animal ambassadors up close, and learn what reptiles, amphibians, mammals and birds all have in common. Don’t forget your wildlife questions—we will discuss local species and what you can do to help protect our scaly, slimy, furry and feathered friends.

Woodcock Walk


Wednesday, March 15th (6:30 pm – 7:30 pm)

$8 Members, $10 Non-members

Recommended for ages 6 and up

Join NBS staff to learn more about the special adaptations of the American Woodcock, an elusive woodland shorebird that begins its early mating season before many other species.  The highlight of this program is a twilight walk through the woodland-bordered fields as we search for displaying Woodcocks.  The wonderful “sky dance” of this aerial acrobat is a reminder that spring is on its way.

Rain date is Thursday, March 16th

Waterfowl Watch


Thursday, March 23rd (12:30 pm – 2:00 pm)

$8 Members, $10 Non-members

Recommended for ages 8 and up

March is a great time to observe waterfowl such as ducks, geese, and swans that have traveled to overwintering grounds here in RI. Join us as we search the Sakonnet River and nearby Gardiner Pond for waterfowl. Along the way we will learn the importance of shape, size, and field marks while exploring an often-overlooked family of birds. Parking is at the Third Beach Education Center (across from Peabody’s Beach). Dress warmly for the weather.


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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