Aug
19
6:30 PM18:30

Salt Ponds Coalition Annual Meeting

About: Founded more than 30 years ago, Salt Ponds Coalition (SPC) is the oldest estuarine water monitoring program in the country. Join SPC for its annual meeting with guest speaker Janet Freedman, a coastal geologist from the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council who will give a presentation on how the coastline is changing. Come for refreshments at 6:30 p.m. The annual meeting starts at 7 p.m., and the presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, click here.
Info: Visit saltpondscoalition.org.




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Aug
21
7:00 PM19:00

Propagating Native Plants From Seed

  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Kettle Pond Visitor Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

About: Hope Leeson, Rhode Island Natural History Survey botanist, has been overseeing the Rhody Native program since its beginnings in 2010. To fulfill the mission of making available locally adapted specimens of native plant species for gardens, landscaping, and habitat restoration, staff and volunteers collect and propagate seed from within the state. Hope will talk about the process from seed collection to the final plants ready for sale or transplanting. Free and open to the public.
Info: Click here.

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Aug
24
9:00 AM09:00

Rhode Island Wild Plant Society's Fall Plant Sale

  • Pawtuxet Village Farmer’s Market (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

About: Want to grow native plants, feed pollinators and songbirds, and provide an oasis for wildlife? Fall is an excellent time to plant and to bring color and butterflies to your garden. At the Rhode Island Wild Plant Society’s Fall Plant Sale, expert gardeners will be on hand to offer advice on the best plants for your yard’s conditions. Come early for the best selection of summer and fall bloomers, including asters, goldenrods, boneset, Joe-Pye weed, butterfly milkweed, swamp milkweed, ironweed, blue vervain, Culver’s-root, and big bluestem. Shoppers will also find native shrubs, which provide berries for hungry birds. The sale will take place in conjunction with the Pawtuxet Village Farmer’s Market, where you can shop for vegetables, fruits, eggs, fresh local fish, and snacks.
Info: Visit riwps.org.

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Aug
26
6:00 PM18:00

Narragansett to Napatree: Archaeological Sites Revealed by Superstorm Sandy

About: Lanphear LIVE! is The Watch Hill Conservancy’s flagship summer lecture series. Presentations are free and open to the public. Timothy Ives, from the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission, will talk about the archaeological sites revealed by Superstorm Sandy.

Info: Click here.

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Aug
29
1:00 PM13:00

URI Master Gardener Soil Testing

About: Soil testing helps determine pH levels and predominant texture, and provides basic information and recommendations for gradual correction of pH and compaction issues. If you would like your soil tested bring in samples (limit of 3) taken 4-5 inches deep from various parts of a bed or lawn. You should be gathering about a half a cup from several sites within the same area to be tested. Mix them together and allow the soil to dry overnight on newspaper. Next, place 1 cup of the mix in a paper bag or clean container and label it. Collect separate samples from different areas on your property such as vegetable gardens, lawns and flower gardens. Drop off your sample, and tour the native plant garden with URI master gardener Dave Vissoe.
Info: Click here.

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Sep
7
9:00 AM09:00

Bagels and Bugs: Garrison House Acres Guided Walk

About: Join members of the Narrow River Land Trust for an all-ages guided walk starting at Middlebridge and crossing to the Garrison House Acres Preserve. David Gregg of the Rhode Island Natural History Survey will lead this walk as we look for insects that inhabit the shoreline and fields of the preserve. Attendees will learn what moths and other insects can tell us about the environment and any changing trends. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring binoculars, a hand lens, and insect protection. Bagels will be provided. This event is free and open to the public.
Info: Visit narrowriverlandtrust.org or e-mail office@narrowriverlandtrust.org.

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Sep
7
10:00 AM10:00

13th Annual Green Festival

About: The Green Festival, presented by Pascoag Utility District, in partnership with Burrillville Parks and Recreation, has something for the entire family. Kids can enjoy activities, games, and bucket truck rides. For adults, there will be vendor booths and a workshop at the Jesse Smith Memorial Library. In addition, Green Energy Consumers Alliance will have a number of electric vehicles on display with representatives on hand to answer questions about electric-car ownership. The Burrillville Farmers Market will be held during the festival, and Gotta Q Smokehouse BBQ will have lunch and snacks available for purchase.
Info: Click here.

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Sep
7
10:00 AM10:00

Audubon Raptor Weekend

  • The Audubon Society of Rhode Island Nature Center and Aquarium (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

About: Raptors are the superior hunters of the avian world. Many species of these formidable and striking birds will be descending on the Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium for Raptor Weekend 2019. Eagles, owls, hawks, and falcons will be featured in live-flight demonstrations, and there will be educational programs and activities for bird enthusiasts of all ages.
Info: Click here.

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Sep
8
10:00 AM10:00

Audubon Raptor Weekend

  • The Audubon Society of Rhode Island Nature Center and Aquarium (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

About: Raptors are the superior hunters of the avian world. Many species of these formidable and striking birds will be descending on the Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium for Raptor Weekend 2019. Eagles, owls, hawks, and falcons will be featured in live-flight demonstrations, and there will be educational programs and activities for bird enthusiasts of all ages.
Info: Click here.

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Sep
14
9:00 AM09:00

What Lives in the River

About: All ages are invited to join Narrow River Preservation Association for this hands-on exploration of fish, shellfish, crabs, and other inhabitants of Narrow River. We will use nets to catch river creatures and examine them in touch tanks and under microscopes. Experts and guide books will be on hand. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. This event is free and open to the public.
Info: To learn more, or to register, visit narrowriver.org.

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Sep
14
10:00 AM10:00

Narragansett Salt Marsh Walk

About: Take a salt marsh walk with Narrow River Land Trust. Expert guides will lead a walk along the salt marsh and intertidal zone. All are welcome to walk and learn about salt marshes and the animals that thrive in this critical ecosystem. This event is free and open to the public. Attendees should wear shoes that can get wet.
Info: Visit narrowriver.org.

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Sep
19
5:30 PM17:30

10th Zero-Trash Birthday Bash

About: Join ecoRI News in celebrating a decade of good, clean environmental reporting. Enjoy a drink (on us), and munch on appetizers and dinner buffet from farm-to-table caterer, Easy Entertaining Inc. This will be a relaxed and festive evening with plenty of opportunity to schmooze with ecoRI News staff, board, and other ecoRI News fans. At the event, we'll premiere a short video produced by Shed Light Productions and featuring our readers. ecoRI News board member Mike Stanton, a former Providence Journal reporter who teaches journalism at the University of Connecticut, will talk about why local journalism matters. Stay for a raffle and silent auction featuring goods from local arts organizations, restaurants and businesses. You could win a new-to-you Electra bike donated by one of our readers. Everything at this ultra-green party will be eaten, imbibed, recycled, reused, or composted. All proceeds will be upcycled to support our nonprofit newsroom. Tickets cost $15-$85.
About: To purchase tickets, click here.

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Sep
22
1:00 PM13:00

Explorer River Tours

About: Visit Woonsocket, and experience the foliage along the Blackstone River. Woonsocket became an industrial powerhouse during the Industrial Age — spinning wool, cotton, and manufacturing rubber products. The large structures along the river once provided thousands of jobs, and created a booming industrial city.
Info: To learn more, or to register, click here.

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Sep
22
1:00 PM13:00

2nd Annual Ride & Drive

About: Come test drive and learn about electric cars (EVs). Local dealers will bring cars for attendees to test drive, and EV owners will be on hand to answer any EV-related questions. There will also be educational booths and lawn games. This event is hosted by Green Energy Consumers Alliance and SustainPVD with support from National Grid, Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources, Clean Cities Coalition Network, and Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.
Info: Visit driveelectricweek.org.

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Nov
1
5:30 PM17:30

Beavers of Fisherville

About: Join Audubon for an evening walk and discussion about the beavers that have taken up residence in Fisherville Pond. Participants will look at beaver dams and lodges. At dusk, beavers become active, so there is opportunity to see these engineers at work. Cost to attend is $10 for members and $14 for non-members. To register, click here.
Info: Visit asri.org.

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Nov
16
8:00 AM08:00

Hack for Global Good: Solution2Pollution

About: Hack for Global Good, an annual student-led event hosted at Rocky Hill School, is designed to bring students together to solve a United Nations Global Challenge. This year’s theme is “Solution2Pollution.” Students from around Rhode Island will collaborate with industry experts to design bold solutions to this critical problem during this two-day event. They will then pitch their ideas to a panel of judges. High school students can register as a team or as an individual. All students are welcome, and no prior hackathon experience is necessary.
Info: Click here.

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Nov
22
7:00 PM19:00

Audubon Owl Prowl

About: Visit Fort Refuge on an autumn night to search for owls. An Audubon Society naturalist will call for different species on this walk through the forest. Participants should dress for the weather, wear sturdy walking shoes, and bring a flashlight. In the event of inclement weather or icy trails, this hike may be cancelled. Cost to attend is $10 for members and $12 for non-members. To register, click here.
Info: Visit asri.org.

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Nov
24
7:30 AM07:30

Sunday Moring Hike at Caratunk

About: Start your Sunday with a morning hike at Caratunk. An Audubon naturalist will lead the walk to search for animals that may be up early, such as deer, turkeys, and otters. Back at the barn, warm cider and coffee will be served. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and bring binoculars. Cost to attend is $8 for members and $10 for non-members. To register, click here.
Info: Visit asri.org.

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Aug
17
9:50 AM09:50

Salt Pond Safari

  • Ninigret Wildlife Refuge, East Entrance (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

About: Salt Pond Safaris introduce people of all ages to the wonders of salt ponds. Using a 30-foot seine net, attendees will catch a variety of aquatic creatures to examine. This event is free, but registration is required. Attendees should bring sunscreen, water, and insect repellent. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Info: Click here.

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Aug
15
6:00 PM18:00

Providence Green Drinks at Burnside Music Series

About: At this month’s Green Drinks, Social Enterprise Greenhouse will partner with the Downtown Parks Conservancy to present “Environmental Night at Burnside Park.” Enjoy an evening of live music, drinks, and exhibits by local organizations that are working to improve the environment. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, or to RSVP, click here.

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Aug
15
4:00 PM16:00

R.I. Public Transit Meeting

  • R.I. Department of Administration, Conference Room 2A, 2nd floor (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

About: The Rhode Island Department of Transportation is proposing $37 million in cuts to funding for bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure in a new amendment to the statewide transportation improvement program. After withdrawing its proposal to cut $27 million from the Transportation Alternatives Program earlier this year, the agency is now seeking to transfer $37 million away from current and future bicycle-related projects.
Info: Click here.

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Aug
14
7:00 PM19:00

Ants of Rhode Island

  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Kettle Pond Visitor Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

About: David Gregg, executive director of the Rhode Island Natural History Survey, will talk about ants. How many of us can tell one species from another, or have any idea of how many species we might have in the state? David is currently working with professors from Providence College and Harvard University to create a comprehensive list of Rhode Island’s ants. Free and open to the public.
Info: Click here.

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Aug
14
5:30 PM17:30

LivableRI Posters for Climate Change

About: In the war years, messages of saving food and tin for the soldiers were easy to understand. Enter the U.S. Food Administration, the War Department, and the Defense Department sending out iconic posters pleading with those who stayed home to save cloth for bandages and grow victory gardens so commercial food production would be sent to the troops. The Civic Alliance for a Cooler Rhode Island has developed a poster series for public engagement and advocacy to raise awareness of the devastating impacts of climate change. The campaign converts the food poster thematic concept of World War I into climate advocacy. Local artists Mimo Gordon Riley, Jim Bush, Edie Vonnegut, and Lucy Handy framed their art themed to WWI messaging. This opening reception is free and open to the public. The 25 posters will be on display from Aug. 2-31.
Info: Click here.

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Aug
14
9:50 AM09:50

Salt Pond Safari

  • Ninigret Wildlife Refuge, East Entrance (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

About: Salt Pond Safaris introduce people of all ages to the wonders of salt ponds. Using a 30-foot seine net, attendees will catch a variety of aquatic creatures to examine. This event is free, but registration is required. Attendees should bring sunscreen, water, and insect repellent. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Info: Click here.

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Aug
13
5:00 PM17:00

R.I. Public Transit Meeting

About: The Rhode Island Department of Transportation is proposing $37 million in cuts to funding for bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure in a new amendment to the statewide transportation improvement program. After withdrawing its proposal to cut $27 million from the Transportation Alternatives Program earlier this year, the agency is now seeking to transfer $37 million away from current and future bicycle-related projects.
Info: Click here.

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Aug
12
6:00 PM18:00

How Vulnerable Are We? Sea-Level Rise and Storm Surge in Westerly

About: Lanphear LIVE! is The Watch Hill Conservancy’s flagship summer lecture series. Presentations are free and open to the public. Bryan Oakley, form Eastern Connecticut State University, and Teresa Crean, from Rhode Island Sea Grant, will talk about sea-level rise and storm surge.

Info: Click here.

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Aug
10
8:30 AM08:30

Salt Pond Paddle on Quonochotaug Pond

About: Join the Salt Ponds Coalition for a guided paddle tour of Quonochotaug Pond. Guides will provide information and history along the way. All participants must wear life jackets and bring their own equipment. Trips may be cancelled in the event of inclement weather. This event is free, but registration is required.
Info: To register, click here.

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Aug
9
6:00 PM18:00

Land Trust Days Kickoff

About: Hosted by the Charlestown Land Trust and Rhode Island Land Trust Council, this opening event will feature a guided walk through the picturesque 27-acre property on the Pawcatuck River. The Patricia Sprague Forest Preserve contains a floodplain forest, vernal pools, kettle ponds, open fields, wetlands, and a 3-acre meadow. Land Trust Days annually highlight outdoor areas that Rhode Island’s land trusts — most of which are entirely volunteer-run organizations — work to protect and promote year-round. Land Trust Days will run from Aug. 9 to Sept. 29.

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Aug
7
7:00 PM19:00

The Spell of Yellowstone

  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Kettle Pond Visitor Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

About: Laura Landen, a retired Providence College philosophy professor and talented nature photographer, will talk about her many trips to Yellowstone many times, in all seasons, between her first time in August 1946 and her most recent in July 2007. Yellowstone’s unique status as the world’s first national park and her personal travel experiences there have inspired her teaching of environmental philosophy and other environmental courses. Free and open to the public.
Info: Click here.

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Aug
7
9:50 AM09:50

Salt Pond Safari

  • Ninigret Wildlife Refuge, East Entrance (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

About: Salt Pond Safaris introduce people of all ages to the wonders of salt ponds. Using a 30-foot seine net, attendees will catch a variety of aquatic creatures to examine. This event is free, but registration is required. Attendees should bring sunscreen, water, and insect repellent. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Info: Click here.

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Aug
3
9:50 AM09:50

Salt Pond Safari

  • Ninigret Wildlife Refuge, East Entrance (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

About: Salt Pond Safaris introduce people of all ages to the wonders of salt ponds. Using a 30-foot seine net, attendees will catch a variety of aquatic creatures to examine. This event is free, but registration is required. Attendees should bring sunscreen, water, and insect repellent. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Info: Click here.

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Aug
3
9:00 AM09:00

Art on the River

About: Narrow River Preservation Association (NRPA) welcomes artists of all ages and skill levels to create art along Narrow River. Local artists will give instruction in drawing and painting. Bring your own easel and sketch pad, or use supplies provided by NRPA. Photographers also welcome. Guided activities include seaweed art and fish prints. Bring a T-shirt if you’d like to make a fish print on it. This event is free and open to the public.
Info: Visit narrowriver.org.

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Jul
31
7:00 PM19:00

Black Bears of Maine

  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Kettle Pond Visitor Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

About: Gerry Krausse, a retired URI professor and skilled videographer, will talk about New England’s largest carnivore. Bears have been showing up more often in Rhode Island recently, but they are still much rarer here than in more northern parts of New England. Free and open to the public.
Info: Click here.

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Jul
31
1:00 PM13:00

Wading Tour of Aquaculture Farm

About: See firsthand how a Rhode Island oyster farm works. This tour involves wading in shallow water, so be prepared to get wet. The event is part of the Rhode Island Shellfish Initiative. The event is being sponsored by the URI Coastal Resources Center, Rhode Island Sea Grant, and Sunset Beach Aquaculture. Free but registration is required.

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Jul
31
9:50 AM09:50

Salt Pond Safari

  • Ninigret Wildlife Refuge, East Entrance (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

About: Salt Pond Safaris introduce people of all ages to the wonders of salt ponds. Using a 30-foot seine net, attendees will catch a variety of aquatic creatures to examine. This event is free, but registration is required. Attendees should bring sunscreen, water, and insect repellent. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Info: Click here.

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Jul
28
1:00 PM13:00

Explorer River Tours

About: The Explorer River Tour will tour the Providence Harbor at the entrance of the Providence River. On calm days, the tour boat will move through the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier. Upriver, toward Pawtucket, the boat will pass the Crook Point Bascule Bridge. Attendees will enjoy a changing landscape with opportunities to see eastern shore birds. The 50-minute tours depart on the hour at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m.
Info: Click here.

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Jul
28
12:00 PM12:00

Operating an Organic Orchard

About: Interested in starting a home or commercial orchard? Join Al and Jean Fuoroli, owners of Elwood Orchard as they dive deep into the process of owning and operating an organic orchard. Attendees will learn about how to get started, potential challenges, and the benefits of choosing disease-resistant tree varieties. This free on-farm workshop is sponsored by Northeast Organic Farming Association of Rhode Island.
Info: To register, click here.

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Jul
27
6:30 PM18:30

Bowling for Rhinos

About: Join Roger Williams Park Zoo’s zookeepers for a night of bowling to help save endangered rhinos. All funds raised go directly to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy to support black and white rhino conservation and to the International Rhino Foundation to support conservation efforts for Javan and Sumatran Rhinos. Registration includes three hours of bowling and shoe rental. Tickets are $10-$15. This event is free for children two and under, as well as guests who are not bowling.
Info: Visit rwpzoo.org.

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Jul
27
9:50 AM09:50

Salt Pond Safari

  • Ninigret Wildlife Refuge, East Entrance (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

About: Salt Pond Safaris introduce people of all ages to the wonders of salt ponds. Using a 30-foot seine net, attendees will catch a variety of aquatic creatures to examine. This event is free, but registration is required. Attendees should bring sunscreen, water, and insect repellent. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Info: Click here.

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Jul
25
6:00 PM18:00

Providence Green Drinks

About: Join Social Enterprise Greenhouse at this month’s Green Drinks to learn about “Harvest Cycle,” Groundwork Rhode Island’s new compost initiative. Plus, members of Zero Waste Providence will talk about their “100 by 2020 composting campaign.” Stay after the speaking program for networking over food and drink. This event is free to attend, but preregistration is requested. To register, click here.

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Jul
25
6:00 PM18:00

Native and Colonial History Talk

About: Christine DeLucia,, a historian at Williams College, will discuss “Place, Heritage, and Caretaking in Native and Colonial New England: Memoryscapes of King Philip’s War” at the Sakonnet Preservation Association’s annual meeting. The event is free, open to the public, and refreshments will be served. DeLucia’s book “Memory Lands: King Philip’s War and the Place of Violence in the Northeast” will be available for purchase and signing at the event.
Info: Click here.

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