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: October 29th, November 12th, November 26th, December 10th (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.


Crescent Moon Hike


Wednesday, October 25th (6:30 pm – 7:30 pm)

$8 Members / $10 Non-members

Rain date: Thursday, October 26th

Recommended for ages 6 and up

Venture out on the trails after hours to witness the breathtaking moonlit landscape at NBS. Listening for owls and other nocturnal animals along the way, you will do some fun night-time activities that explore the limits of your night vision. This program is completely outdoors – bring your adventuresome spirit as we traverse semi-rocky terrain in low light.


Pre-K Fall Story & Stroll Series

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Wednesdays: November 1st & 15th (10:00 am – 10:45 am)

$5 per program, includes 1 parent and 1 child

$2 per additional child per parent

Recommended for ages 1-5

Parents and preschoolers! Join NBS educators for a fun series of stories that will inspire your favorite youngster to explore in nature. After the story, take your preschooler by the hand for a nature walk focused on the sights, sounds, and smells around the garden and trails. This program is rain or shine; in the event of inclement weather, an animal presentation will be substituted for the walk.


Let’s Talk Turkeys

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Thursday, November 9th (6:30 pm – 7:30 pm)

$8 Members / $10 Non-members

Recommended for ages 6 and up

‘Tis the season for turkeys! This fun lecture will focus on Aquidneck Island’s thriving population of wild turkeys. Where do they nest? Why do they strut in open fields every spring? Learn all this and more at this engaging lecture hosted in Mabel’s Studio.


November Owl Prowl

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Saturday, November 18th (4:30 pm – 6:00 pm)

$10 Members / $12 Non-members

Recommended for ages 6 and up

Rain Date: Saturday, November 25th

Prowl the trails at dusk as native owls begin to set up their nesting territory. You’ll learn how to identify owl species by sight and call before heading out on the trails. After the night hike, you’ll return indoors for hot chocolate and a chance to meet our captive barred owl Micah up close!

The November Owl Prowl is sold out, December & January dates will be released soon!


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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