Public Programs

Please read our cancellation policy and mobility statement at the bottom of the page.

 Birding-groupFREE Guided Bird Walks: Every other Sunday 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Spring dates: May 22nd  | June 5th & 26th



Register for PreK Spring Story & Stroll Series

 May 12th & 26th  |  June 9th &  23rd



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Naturalist-guided Photography Walk

Sunday, May 29th (9:30-11:00 am)
Rain date: Sunday, June 5th
Recommended for adults and teens
$10 Members/ $12 Non-members

Learn naturalist skills helpful for photographing wildlife and nature. We will start by discussing ethics of wildlife photography, followed by a naturalist walk. On the walk we will observe our surroundings and talk about translating your observations into pictures. This program will be focused on planning your nature shot and instead of camera mechanics. A DSLR or film camera is not necessary. Even cell phone cameras are welcome!
Location: Trails

Breeding Bird Behavior

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Sunday, June 5 th (1:00-2:30 pm)
Recommended ages 8 and up
$8 Members/ $10 Non-members

The forest and fields of NBS are the perfect classrooms to learn about breeding bird behavior. Do you know the difference between an occupied nest and a nest with young? Come explore the property with an experienced naturalist while looking for these and other signs of breeding birds. Finally, this is a good opportunity to learn about NBS’ involvement with the RI Breeding Bird Atlas effort over the next several years.
Location: Ed Shed & Trails


The Nature of Art

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Wednesday, June 22nd (6:00-7:00 pm)   |  Rain date: Thursday, June 23rd 

Recommended all ages
$8 Members/ $10 Non-members

Nature is your canvas for this fun and engaging family program! Using natural materials and your imagination, we will create temporal works of art that minimally impact the surrounding habitat. All ages and art abilities are welcome.


Pollinators- Bees and Beyond 

Sunday, June 26th (10:00-11:00 pm)   |  Rain date: Thursday, July 3rd 

Recommended all ages
$8 Members/ $10 Non-members

Pollination is a vital stage in the life cycle of all flowering plants. When using the term “pollinator,” bees come to mind for most people. However, there are around 200,000 species of insects, mammals, birds, and more who assist in this process. We will take a closer look at these animals and observe the behaviors of native pollinators. Learn what you can do to help promote and protect these important species.

Closing the Clean Water Gap


Guest lecture from Conservation Law Foundation of RI

Tuesday, June 28th (5:30-7:00 pm)

Recommended for ages 8 and up

Join Trish Jedele, Vice President of the Conservation Law Foundation and Director of CLF’s Rhode Island Advocacy Center, for a conversation about Aquidneck Island’s troubled water supply.  CLF is taking action to close the gap and to restore clean water in the area.  Learn more about the existing problems, possible solutions, and how you can positively impact the watershed.  Light refreshments will be provided.



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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