Public Programs

Please read our cancellation policy and mobility statement at the bottom of the page.
Registration is required for all programs except Sunday Bird Walks

Free Guided Bird Walks

Every Other Sunday at 8:00 am

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 October 9th & 23rd, November 6th & 20th

Registration not required.  Meet in the Norman Bird Sanctuary parking lot.  Bring binoculars if you have them.

Pre-K Autumn Story & Stroll Series

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Thursdays:

October 6th & 20th

November 3rd & 17th

10:30-11:15 am

$5 per program, includes 1 child and 1 parent, $2 per additional child per parent

Parents and preschoolers, join us for a series of nature stories geared toward our youngest visitors. Each week we will complement our story with a nature walk focused on the sensory experiences around the garden and trails.

This program is rain or shine; in the event of inclement weather, we will substitute an animal presentation for the walk.

FREE Public Guided Hikes – Led by Teen Green Guides

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Sundays:

October: 9th, 16th, 30th

November: 13th, 27th

10:30-11:30 am

Free,  Registration Required

Norman Bird Sanctuary Members and Non-members are welcomed to take part in free guided hikes along portions of the 7 miles of trails. Points of interest include natural history and animal signs along the way. These hikes will be led by an Education staff member and Teen Green volunteers, and are perfect for families.

 

October Full Moon Hike

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Friday, October 14th (6:30-7:30 pm)

$8 Members, $10 Non-members

Recommended for ages 5 and up

Venture out onto the Norman Bird Sanctuary trails after hours to view the breathtaking moonlit landscape. Learn about the cycle of the moon and what this means for skygazers. As we listen to crickets and owls in the background, we will do some fun night-time activities that explore the limits of our vision. Raindate is Saturday, October 15th.

 

Native Ways-the Story of the First People

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Saturday, November 12th (10:30-11:30 am)

$8 Members, $10 Non-members

Recommended for all ages

Join NBS staff on a journey back in time to discover what life was like for local Native Americans many years ago. Participants will dive into the culture of the Wampanoag people who were the primary inhabitants of Aquidneck Island until the 1600’s. Hands-on activities and artifacts will accompany this guided hike through the Sanctuary’s trails; you might even see some evidence from the people of the past.

Family Outdoor Adventure: Building Shelters & Forts

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Saturday, November 19th (1:00-2:00 pm)

$8 Members, $10 Non-members

Recommended for ages 4 and up

Join NBS staff as we explore the great outdoors in the crisp fall air. We 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 fall at NBS! Raindate is Saturday, November 26th.

 

November Owl Prowl

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Tuesday, November 22nd (6:30-8:00 pm)

$10 Members, $12 Non-members

Recommended for all 6 and up

NBS is starting the owl prowl season just as activity levels for these birds picks up around the sanctuary. Learn how to ID owl species by sight and call before we head out on the trails. The group will listen for wild owls who are setting up their nesting territories. After our night hike, return indoors for hot chocolate and a chance to meet our captive Barred Owl up close! Don’t miss this often sold-out program, which is offered once only three times this season. Rain date is Wednesday, November 23rd.

December Owl Prowl

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Wednesday, December 7th (6:30-8:00 pm)

$10 Members, $12 Non-members

Recommended for ages 6 and up

It’s once again time to hike at night in search of native owl species! Learn how to ID owl species by sight and call before heading out on Norman Bird Sanctuary trails. The group will listen for wild owls who are setting up their nesting territories. After our night hike, return indoors for hot chocolate and a chance to meet our captive Barred Owl up close! Don’t miss this often sold-out program, which is offered only a few times this season. Rain date is Thursday, December 8th.

Family Nature Crafts for the Holidays

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Saturday, December 17th (2:00-3:00 pm)

$8 Members, $10 Non-members

Recommended for ages 6 and up

Are you looking for an opportunity to spend some quality time with your kids before the busy holiday season sets in? This program is perfect for kids of all ages and parents who love being crafty—it’s also a great opportunity for little ones to make homemade holiday gifts for loved ones! We will focus on activities that are nature-themed, use as many recycled and natural materials as possible, and have fun spending the afternoon creating together.

MOBILITY STATEMENT

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.

CANCELLATION POLICY

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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