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 14th, January 28th, February 11th (8:00 am – 10:00 am)

Free, No Registration Required

Grab your binoculars and join our birding experts out on the trails. In the serene natural landscape at NBS, you will count up as many bird species as you can while also keeping an eye out for non-flying wildlife. All birding levels welcome. No registration required, meet in the parking lot at 8 a.m.


Fort & Shelter Building

8-17-17 eagle rock fort

Fort & Shelter Building is SOLD OUT!

Call in to the Welcome Center at (401) 846-2577 to be put on the wait list.

Sunday, December 17th (1:00 pm – 2:00 pm)

Join Norman Bird Sanctuary for an exploration of the great outdoors in the crisp air. Participants will learn how to build shelters and forts in the yew forest (named the fairy forest by our summer campers) and explore along the way. We’ll also use our senses to discover the exciting changes that happen in early winter at NBS!


Winter Rarities Ecotour


Saturday, January 6th (6:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

$70 Members, $80 Non-members

Recommended for adults and mature teens of all birding levels

Hop into the NBS van for a day trip that hits several birding hot spots throughout the region.  Coastal New England is known for a large number of rare birds visiting in the winter months.  Your birding guides plan the trip around current sightings reports, so you have the best chance of spotting rare winter migrants.  This program is designed for all birding skill levels and includes some low-impact walking.  Pack a bag lunch to go with provided snacks and water.  Dress warmly with appropriate footwear. Binoculars are recommended. Space is limited!


January Owl Prowl

jan owl prowl

The January Owl Prowl is SOLD OUT!

Call in to the Welcome Center at (401) 846-2577 to be put on the wait list.

Saturday, January 20th (5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.)

Join the last owl prowl of the winter season! You’ll learn how to identify owl species by sight and call before prowling the trails after dark in search of owls who are defending their nesting territories. After our night hike, return indoors for hot chocolate and a chance to meet our captive Barred Owl Micah up close.


Advanced Winter Hiking

2-10-17 Meghan Snow Hanging Rock

Sunday, January 28th (9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

$12 Members, $15 Non-members

Recommended for active adults

Are you looking for an active outdoor challenge?  Hike Norman Bird Sanctuary’s snowy ridge trails and take in the panoramic scenery from the top.  Turn your winter hibernation into a sense of accomplishment with this challenging naturalist-guided hike.  Afterwards, return inside for hot chocolate and tea—participants are encouraged to bring lunch.  Dress warmly.  Snowshoes are welcome but not necessary.


Family Nature Night: Meet the Animals

11-1-17 s&s snake and seb

Wednesday, February 7th (6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.)

$8 Members, $10 Non-members

Recommended for all ages

If your family loves animals, stop in for this hands-on experience at Norman Bird Sanctuary!  Meet animal ambassadors up close, and learn what makes reptiles, amphibians, mammals and birds unique. 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.


Evening with the Raptors


Friday, February 16th (7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)

$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.  Norman Bird Sanctuary’s 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.


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.

Norman Bird Sanctuary