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: August 6th, August 20th, September 3rd (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.


Nocturnal Nature

7-20-17 pollinator field at sunset

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

4-14-17 salamander hand

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.


Fall Migration Ecotour

Black Tern

(Black Tern)

Saturday, September 23rd (6:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

$60 Members, $70 Non-members

Rain date: Saturday, October 7th

Join the NBS Education Team for an engaging day trip along the southeastern coast of Connecticut in search of unique bird species. September is a beautiful time of year to see waves of migrating birds as they make their way down the Atlantic flyway. Experienced and beginner birders alike are welcome on this itinerary designed to hit several hotspots and a variety of habitats based on current sightings reports. Pack your binoculars, bag lunch, and reusable water bottle. Snacks and water refills are provided. Cameras are encouraged.


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