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: February 25th, March 11th & March 25th (8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.)

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.


Evening with the Raptors – SOLD OUT!


Thank You to Our Wonderful Community of Supporters!

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

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.


Pre-K Spring Story & Stroll Series

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Thursdays: March 8th & 22nd, April 12th & 26th, May 10th & 24th (1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.)

$5 per program, includes 1 child and 1 parent

$2 per additional child per parent

Parents and preschoolers! Join NBS educators for a fresh spring series of nature 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.

Recommended for ages 1 to 5


Woodcock Walk


Saturday, March 10th (6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.)

$8 Members, $10 Non-members

Witness the American Woodcock’s fascinating “sky dance” mating display on a twilight walk on the trails and learn more about the special adaptations of this elusive woodland shorebird. This elusive woodland shorebird’s aerial acrobatics is a reminder that spring is on its way!

Recommended for ages 6 and up


Eyes on Amphibians

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Sunday, April 8th (2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

$8 Members, $10 Non-members

With warm weather and spring showers bringing out the salamanders, there is no better time for some amphibian exploration! Learn from live amphibian Animal Ambassadors up close and find out which species can be found in Rhode Island before hitting the trails on a naturalist-guided hike in search of frogs, toads, and salamanders, as well as their eggs in the pond, stream, and vernal pools.

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

Recommended for ages 6 and up

Rain date: Sunday, April 15th


Spring Plant Walk


Saturday, May 5th (10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)

$8 Members, $10 Non-members

This family-friendly walk is a great way to celebrate spring! Join your naturalist guide on a botanical search for blooming flowers and other plants waking up from winter along the trails. You will learn about basic plant identification techniques, common native and invasive plants of Rhode Island and even look for wild edibles.

Recommended for ages 6 and up

Rain date: Saturday, May 12th


Spring Migration Ecotour


Saturday, May 12th (6:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

$70 Members, $80 Non-members

May is an exciting time to see droves of migrating warblers, raptors, shorebirds, and other species. Hop into the ‘Bird Van’ and hit the best birding hot spots throughout southern New England. Your birding guides plan the day trip around current sightings reports, so you have the best chance of spotting rare spring migrants. Pack a bag lunch to go with provided snacks and water refills.  Dress warmly with appropriate footwear, binoculars and a reusable water bottle are recommended. Sign up now, space is limited!

Rain date: Saturday, May 19th


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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