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: June 25th, July 9th, July 23rd (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.


Nest Watch: Citizen Science Series

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Saturday, June 24th (10:00 am – 11:00 am)

$8 Members, $10 Non-members

Recommended for ages 5 and up

Have you noticed the colorful Tree Swallows’ fancy flying over NBS’ fields filled with nest boxes? Join a NBS naturalist for a short walk and presentation to find out which species of birds are breeding at NBS, who needs special habitat, and what you can do to help monitor these bird families.  By understanding how to collect information about nesting birds, you can contribute to citizen science and help protect the future of these flying jewels!


The Story of Hanging Rock

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Thursday, July 13th (6:00 pm – 7:30 pm)

$10 Members, $12 Non-members

Rain date: Thursday, July 20th

Recommended for ages 8 and up

Have you ever wondered how Hanging Rock came to be?  Join NBS Education Director Rachel Holbert for an evening walking lecture out on NBS’ beautiful ridge trails to learn about the geology of the region.  Find out what Narragansett Bay and our stone walls have in common, as well as why Red Fox ridge isn’t made of puddingstone.

This intermediate difficulty hike will be about 2 miles across traverse rocky terrain.


Nature Hike and Picnic

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Saturday, July 22nd (10:00 am – 11:00 am)

$8 Members, $10 Non-members

Rain date: Saturday, July 29th

Recommended for all ages

Celebrate summer with a naturalist-guided hike along NBS’ shady woodland trails. After working up an appetite, join us in the apple orchard with your picnic lunch!  This hike is perfect for families with children and will highlight animal tracks and signs, seasonal changes in plants, and other stories of the landscape.

Pack your own picnic lunch to be enjoyed in the apple orchard to continue the fun in the sun after the hike.


Nocturnal Nature

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Wednesday, August 16th (7:30 pm – 8:30 pm)

$8 Members, $10 Non-members

Rain date: Thursday, August 17th

Recommended for all ages

What was that sound!?  Find out about the creatures who wake up at sunset and create the night-time symphony of clicks, croaks and trills.  After a brief presentation about the nocturnal mammals, birds and insects in Rhode Island, the group will venture out onto the trails for a rare glimpse into the woods after-hours at NBS.


Hunting for Herptiles

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Sunday, August 27th (1:00 pm – 2:30 pm)

$8 Members, $10 Non-members

Ages 5 and up

What are herptiles!? Join NBS naturalists on a guided hike in search of this diverse group of animals that includes reptiles and amphibians. Learn all about the natural history of herptiles, and which species can be found in your local community. Before heading out onto the trails, guests will meet in Mabel’s Studio for a quick presentation.

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


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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