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


*The Bird Walk on Sunday, September 17th has been cancelled.

Sundays: October 15th, 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 for Sunday Bird Walks at Norman Bird Sanctuary. 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. No registration required, meet in the parking lot at 8 a.m.


Volunteers Needed!

Join the Native Planting Crew

Native Plant Installation - Rhody Native

Saturday, September 16th

(9:00 am – 12:00 pm) and/or (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)

Come down to NBS next week to help plant a variety of native trees, shrubs, and flowering plants. The native plantings will strengthen the biodiversity of the area and provide food and breeding habitat for native wildlife and migrating birds. The native plant installation is in partnership with the Rhode Island Natural History Survey, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and Rhody Native.
For more information and to register, contact:
Jennifer Beck, Rhode Island Natural History Survey


International Coastal Cleanup – Third Beach


Saturday, September 16th (10:00 am – 11:30 am)

FREE (Pre-registration through Save the Bay)

Recommended for all ages with parental help

Each year, NBS leads the ICC at Third Beach, which is an international effort to reduce litter on our beaches.  Last year 2,205 volunteers across Rhode Island picked up nearly 15,000 pounds of trash!  You can be a part of the effort to keep our favorite local coastal areas clean by joining efforts with NBS staff.  Participants will meet at the Navy lot at Third Beach and comb the shore for stray trash.  Please wear closed-toe shoes and don’t forget a reusable water bottle!


Fall Migration Ecotour

Black Tern

Saturday, September 23rd

The Fall Migration Ecotour is SOLD OUT!

Check back in November for registration for January’s Winter Rarities Ecotour.


Pre-K Fall Story & Stroll Series

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Wednesdays: October 4th & 18th, 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.


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