Aug
18
8:00 AM08:00

East Providence Eco-Depot

  • Engustian Municipal Public Works Complex (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

About: Rhode Island Resource Recovery and the East Providence Department of Public Works will co-host a collection of household hazardous waste. To make an appointment for the collection, call 401-942-1430 x241. This event is available free of charge to Rhode Island residents only. To help reduce time spent in line, appointments should be made in advance. Info: To view the entire 2018 Eco-Depot schedule, visit www.ecodepotri.org.

 

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Aug
19
10:00 AM10:00

Developing Raised Field Beds

About: At Hocus Pocus Farm, raised field beds were developed for to prevent water runoff and disease transmission. Learn how to develop a raised bed by adding amendments, nutrients and compost. and learn how to turn over the beds once a crop is ready to be harvested. Soil health and fertility will also be discussed. 
Info: To register, click here.

 

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Aug
22
5:00 PM17:00

No-Till Farming on Leased Land: Workshop and Potluck

About: This workshop, sponsored by the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Rhode Island and The Young Farmer Network, will examine the pros and cons of leasing land and describe how to grow diversified crops on a no-till farm. Stay after the workshop for a potluck dinner. This event is free, but registration is recommended.
Info: To register, click here.

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Aug
25
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 easel and sketch pad, or use supplies provided by NRPA. Photographers are welcome too. Guided activities include seaweed art and fish prints. This event is free and open to the public.
Info: Visit narrowriver.org.

 

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Aug
25
9:00 AM09:00

Eco-Herbal Medicine: An Interactive Walk and Talk at Brainard Marsh

About: Brendan Kelly, herbalist and author of “The Yin and Yang of Climate Crisis,” will lead an experiential foraging walk, identifying, tasting, and talking about the uses of several local medicinals and edibles as well as their importance in the context of climate change. This event is hosted by the Marion Institute in conjunction with the Sippican Lands Trust.
Info: Visit marioninstitute.org.

 

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Aug
25
9:00 AM09:00

Rhode Island Wild Plant Society Fall Native Plant Sale

About: Rhode Island Wild Plant Society's (RIWPS) fall sale will feature a variety of native wildflowers, shrubs, and grasses. Among the offerings will be fall blooming perennials, which are beneficial to native bees and insects at a time when other plants have stopped flowering. Find the RIWPS plant-sale booth at the Pawtuxet Village Farmer's Market.
Info: Visit riwps.org.

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Aug
25
1:00 PM13:00

University of Rhode Island Farms Open House

  • Peckham Farm, East Farm, and Gardner Crops Station (map)
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About: University of Rhode Island (URI) has three farms — East Farm, Peckham Farm, and Gardner Crops Station — that serve as field laboratories for research, teaching, and outreach. Join URI researchers, staff, and volunteers for a behind-the-scenes look at the farms' projects and the people leading them. Each farm will host hands-on family-friendly activities.
Info: Visit uri.edu.

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Aug
25
2:00 PM14:00

Lyme Disease and Climate Change: How Internal Inflammation Mirrors the Environment

About: Using the lens of Chinese medicine, Brendan Kelly, herbalist and author of “The Yin and Yang of Climate Crisis,” will discuss how the warming of our planet mirrors a similar overheating within ourselves and our culture. Brendan will also explain treatment methods, including acupuncture, herbs, diet and lifestyle to treat the numerous symptoms associated with Lyme. Following the seminar, Brendan will discuss and demonstrate the preparation of wild plants teas for use as food and medicine. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. This event is hosted by the Marion Institute in conjunction with Round the Bend Farm.
Info: Visit marioninstitute.org.

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Aug
26
10:00 AM10:00

Creating Habitat Homes for Pollinators

About: Join University of Rhode Island Master Gardeners and Norman Bird Sanctuary for a workshop focused on monarch butterfly restoration habitat and Mabel’s native plant demonstration garden. Take a short interpretive walk to observe and explore these two different wildlife habitats. Learn how to increase biodiversity by using native plants, which are essential for supplying food sources and shelter for wildlife. The presenters will talk about wildlife corridors, and how your yard can be an important stopover spot.
Info: To learn more, or to register, visit normanbirdsanctuary.org.

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Sep
2
10:00 AM10:00

Gardening with the Masters

About: Have your soil tested by the University of Rhode Island (URI) Master Gardeners and stay for two 11 a.m. lectures, “Growing and Managing Crops in your Garden,” by Susan Eastabrook, and “An Understanding of Elemental Soil Nutrients for the Gardener," by Roger Laberge. The URI Master Gardeners will be on hand at Prescott Farm the first Sunday of each month through October to test your soil. This free event is weather dependent and is offered in partnership with the URI Cooperative Extension.
Info: Visit newportrestoration.org.

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Sep
6
10:00 AM10:00

First Thursday Botanizing Walk at Swan Point Cemetery

About: Swan Point Cemetery, a 200-acre historic garden cemetery in Providence, was established in 1847. Horticulturalist and greenhouse manager, Kelly Perry, will guide attendees through the landscapes of the cemetery, which are still active and developing. Swan Point Cemetery is known for its variety of specimen trees, many of which are Rhode Island Champion Trees. The walk will lead to one of these trees, a 200-year-old sassafras with a girth that can be circled by five adults.
Info: To learn more, visit riwps.org.

 

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Sep
8
9:00 AM09:00

Salt Pond Paddle at Winnapaug Pond

About: Join the Salt Ponds Coalition for a free paddle on Point Judith Pond. Attendees should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to launch time. All paddlers must wear life jackets and provide their own equipment. Trips may be cancelled without notice if the weather conditions are unsafe. Rain date is Sept. 9, conditions permitting.
Info: Visit saltpondscoalition.org or e-mail Liz to learn more.

 

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Sep
8
5:00 PM17:00

Land Trust Days Guided Plant and Insect Walk

About: Narrow River Land Trust (NRLT) is hosting this free event in conjunction with the state-wide celebration of green spaces. Join NRLT for an all-ages guided walk led by Rick Enser of NRLT and David Gregg of the Rhode Island Natural History Survey. Learn about the insects that inhabit the shoreline and fields and how climate change may be reflected in the insect life cycle. Attendees will set up moth traps and use other techniques to record insect diversity and discover trends. Wear sturdy shoes and bring binoculars, hand lens and insect protection.
Info: Visit narrowriverlandtrust.org

 

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Sep
15
9:00 AM09:00

What Lives in the River

About: 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. All ages are welcome to attend this free, public event. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Info: Visit narrowriver.org.

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Sep
15
10:00 AM10:00

Narragansett Salt Marsh Walk

About: Celebrate ‘Gansett Days by taking 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. Attendees should wear shoes that can get wet. This event is free and open to the public.
Info: To register or learn more, visit narrowriver.org.

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Oct
6
11:15 AM11:15

All About Dahlias

  • Roger Williams Park Botanical Center (map)
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About: Nick Califano, a University of Rhode Island Master Gardener, will give a dahlia talk and demonstration. Dahlias reward gardners with spectacular color, tremendous variety in size and height, and an extended display season. Learn dahlia history, botany, and care at this talk, which will be followed by a hands-on workshop, weather permitting. Pre-register 24 hours in advance by emailing bcinformation@providenceri.gov.
Info: Visit web.uri.edu.

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Oct
7
10:00 AM10:00

Gardening with the Masters: Colonial Foodways of New England

About: Have your soil tested by the University of Rhode Island (URI) Master Gardeners and stay for an 11 a.m. lecture, “Colonial Foodways of New England,” by Jeff Richards. This free event is weather dependent and is offered in partnership with the URI Cooperative Extension.
Info: Visit newportrestoration.org.

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Aug
18
9:50 AM09:50

Salt Pond Safari

  • Ninigret Pond, National Wildlife Refuge (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

About: Salt Ponds Coalition's Salt Pond Safaris introduce people of all ages to the wonders of salt ponds. Using a 30-foot seine net, each safari group will catch a variety of aquatic creatures. Children will get a hands-on experience with salt pond ecology. Safaris start from the Fish and Wildlife Service parking area in Ninigret Wildlife Refuge. Registration is required to participate.
Info: To learn more or to register, e-mail Liz.

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Aug
16
2:00 PM14:00

Southcoast Energy Challenge

  • New Bedford Farmers Market @ Custom House Square (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

About: New Bedford High School students are working with the Marion Institute’s Southcoast Energy Challenge through the “Learn and Earn” program to make New Bedford, Mass., a more sustainable city. The students will be encouraging New Bedford residents to participate in the challenge.
Info: Click here.

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Aug
15
9:50 AM09:50

Salt Pond Safari

  • Ninigret Pond, National Wildlife Refuge (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

About: Salt Ponds Coalition's Salt Pond Safaris introduce people of all ages to the wonders of salt ponds. Using a 30-foot seine net, each safari group will catch a variety of aquatic creatures. Children get a hands-on experience in salt pond ecology. Safaris start from the Fish and Wildlife Service parking area in Ninigret Wildlife Refuge. Registration is required to participate.
Info: To learn more or to register, e-mail Liz.

 

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Aug
13
2:00 PM14:00

Southcoast Energy Challenge

  • New Bedford Farmers Market @ Brooklawn Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

About: New Bedford High School students are working with the Marion Institute’s Southcoast Energy Challenge through the “Learn and Earn” program to make New Bedford, Mass., a more sustainable city. The students will be encouraging New Bedford residents to participate in the challenge.
Info: Click here.

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Aug
12
8:30 PM20:30

Best Meteor Show In Rhode Island

  • Frosty Drew Observatory @ Ninigret Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

About: The Perseid Meteor Shower is the best meteor show of the summer, blazing the starscape with up to 100-plus meteors per hour. Frosty Drew astronomers will be on hand to observe this event. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. At 8:30 p.m., the observatory will open, with telescope views of Saturn, Mars, Jupiter, and Venus. The meteors will start appearing more frequently after 10 p.m., and the shower will ramp up shortly after midnight. The best viewing is outside on the observatory lawn. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Bring binoculars and telescopes if you have them, but they are not required to view the meteors. The meteor showers peak in the early morning hours, just before dawn. The Milky Way, when conditions are right, glows overhead all night. Author Will Kalif will visit, starting at 8:30 p.m., offering signed copies off his new book, “See It with a Small Telescope.”  This is a weather-dependent event.
Info: Click here.

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Aug
12
11:00 AM11:00

Celebrate World Elephant Day

About: Ever wonder how an elephant takes a bath, does her nails, or checks her weight? Find out at Roger Williams Park Zoo's Elephant Barn Tour in celebration of World Elephant Day. Twenty-minute tours of the barn are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Get an up-close view of the workings of the elephant barn, and gain insight on the care elephants receive. There are no animal interactions on the tour, and the elephants will not be in the barn during the tours, but you may visit with the elephants after the tour in the Ivory Ella Yard. There will be elephant-keeper talks throughout the day. This tour is included with the price of regular zoo admission and is free for zoo members.
Info: Visit rwpzoo.org.

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Aug
11
8:30 PM20:30

Best Meteor Show In Rhode Island

  • Frosty Drew Observatory @ Ninigret Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

About: The Perseid Meteor Shower is the best meteor show of the summer, blazing the starscape with up to 100-plus meteors per hour. Frosty Drew astronomers will be on hand to observe this event. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. At 8:30 p.m., the observatory will open, with telescope views of Saturn, Mars, Jupiter, and Venus. The meteors will start appearing more frequently after 10 p.m., and the shower will ramp up shortly after midnight. The best viewing is outside on the observatory lawn. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Bring binoculars and telescopes if you have them, but they are not required to view the meteors. The meteor showers peak in the early morning hours, just before dawn. The Milky Way, when conditions are right, glows overhead all night. Author Will Kalif will visit, starting at 8:30 p.m., offering signed copies off his new book, “See It with a Small Telescope.”  This is a weather-dependent event.
Info: Click here.

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Aug
11
10:00 AM10:00

Learn the Basics of Bugs

About: This event is for amateur bug sleuths and those fascinated by insects. Explore the farm, discover the insects that live there, and find out which insects you should label “pests” and which you should befriend. Melissa Guillet, an interdisciplinary art teacher and environmental advocate, will conduct the workshop. Melissa became a URI master gardener in 2011 and was named Environmental Educator of the Year in 2012. Two sessions will be held, one at 10 a.m. and the other at noon. Each session will last about an hour. Cost is $10 per family, and registration is required. To register, send an e-mail to bordersfarm@gmail.com.
Info: Click here.

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Aug
11
9:00 AM09:00

Salt Pond Paddle at Quonochontaug Pond

About: Join the Salt Ponds Coalition for a paddle on Quonochontaug Pond. Attendees should arrive 30 minutes before launch time. All paddlers must wear life jackets and provide their own equipment. Trips may be cancelled without notice if the weather conditions are unsafe. Rain date is Aug. 9, conditions permitting. While this paddle is free, registration is required.
Info: Visit saltpondscoalition.org for more information or e-mail Liz to register.

 

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Aug
11
8:30 AM08:30

Coastal Growers’ Taste of the Market

About: Coastal Growers' Farmers Market will hold its annual Taste of the Market, also known as Tomato Day. Guest chefs from Celestial Cafe and Newport Restaurant Group will prepare seasonal dishes featuring fresh local produce from market vendors. Rhed's Hot Sauce will be offering a virgin Bloody Mary and Whalers Brewing Company will be offering samples. Attendees will enjoy live music from Saddle Up the Chicken, and there will be lawn games and activities for kids.
Info: Visit coastalmarket.org.

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Aug
10
5:30 PM17:30

Land Trust Days Kickoff Celebration

About: Join the Cumberland Land Trust for a 2-mile guided hike in the woods surrounding the Cumberland Monastery. There will be two hikes, one at 5:30 p.m. and one at 6:30 p.m. both departing from the the gazebo near the Senior Center. All ages are welcome. Attendees should bring insect repellant and water. Please note that the trail is not categorized as handicapped accessible. In this event of rain, this event will be held Aug. 11.
Info: Visit rilandtrusts.org or e-mail Debbie Mitchell.

 

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Aug
9
2:00 PM14:00

Southcoast Energy Challenge

  • New Bedford Farmers Market @ Custom House Square (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

About: New Bedford High School students are working with the Marion Institute’s Southcoast Energy Challenge through the “Learn and Earn” program to make New Bedford, Mass., a more sustainable city. The students will be encouraging New Bedford residents to participate in the challenge.
Info: Click here.

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Aug
8
9:00 AM09:00

Salt Pond Safari

  • Ninigret Pond, National Wildlife Refuge (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

About: Salt Ponds Coalition's Salt Pond Safaris introduce people of all ages to the wonders of salt ponds. Using a 30-foot seine net, each safari group will catch a variety of aquatic creatures. Children get a hands-on experience in salt pond ecology. Safaris start from the Fish and Wildlife Service parking area in Ninigret Wildlife Refuge. Registration is required to participate.
Info: To learn more or to register, e-mail Liz.

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Aug
6
2:00 PM14:00

Southcoast Energy Challenge

  • New Bedford Farmers Market @ Brooklawn Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

About: New Bedford High School students are working with the Marion Institute’s Southcoast Energy Challenge through the “Learn and Earn” program to make New Bedford, Mass., a more sustainable city. The students will be encouraging New Bedford residents to participate in the challenge.
Info: Click here.

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Aug
5
1:00 PM13:00

Explorer River Tours: East Providence

About: Take a relaxing and informative river tour on The Explorer, and discover the history and scenery of Providence Harbor and the Seekonk and Pawtucket Rivers. The Explorer will pass through the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier (weather permitting), affording views of the Providence skyline. The Explorer will then sail up the Seekonk Rive, passing under the Washington Bridge as it continues upriver toward Pawtucket. Along the way, attendees can observe a changing landscape that is home to many Eastern shore birds. Binoculars and nature guides provided. Tours run on the hour at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Info: To learn more, click here.

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Aug
5
10:00 AM10:00

Gardening with the Masters: The Three Sisters Growing Technique

About: Have your soil tested by the University of Rhode Island (URI) Master Gardeners and stay for an 11 a.m. lecture, “The Three Sisters Growing Technique: The History, Legend and Practical use of the System,” with Betsy McClintock. The URI Master Gardeners will be on hand at Prescott Farm the first Sunday of each month through October to test your soil. This free event is weather dependent and is offered in partnership with the URI Cooperative Extension.
Info: Visit newportrestoration.org.

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Aug
4
9:50 AM09:50

Salt Pond Safari

  • Ninigret Pond, National Wildlife Refuge (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

About: Salt Ponds Coalition's Salt Pond Safaris introduce people of all ages to the wonders of salt ponds. Using a 30-foot seine net, each safari group will catch a variety of aquatic creatures. Children get a hands-on experience in salt pond ecology. Safaris start from the Fish and Wildlife Service parking area in Ninigret Wildlife Refuge. Registration is required to participate.
Info: To learn more or to register, e-mail Liz.

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Aug
4
9:50 AM09:50

Salt Pond Safari

About: Salt Ponds Coalition's Salt Pond Safaris introduce people of all ages to the wonders of salt ponds. Using a 30-foot seine net, each safari group will catch a variety of aquatic creatures. Children enjoy hands-on experience with salt pond ecology. Safaris start from the Fish and Wildlife Service parking area in Ninigret Wildlife Refuge. Registration is required to participate.
Info: To learn more or to register, e-mail Liz at Liz@joinsaltponds.com.

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Aug
4
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 scenes of the Middlebridge area. Bring your easel or sketch pad or use supplies provided by NRPA. Photographers are welcome to capture the landscape with their cameras. Guided activities include seaweed art and fish prints. This event is free and open to the public.
Info: Visit narrowriver.org.

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Aug
2
2:00 PM14:00

Southcoast Energy Challenge

  • New Bedford Farmers Market @ Custom House Square (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

About: New Bedford High School students are working with the Marion Institute’s Southcoast Energy Challenge through the “Learn and Earn” program to make New Bedford, Mass., a more sustainable city. The students will be encouraging New Bedford residents to participate in the challenge.
Info: Click here.

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Aug
1
5:00 PM17:00

A Perfect Storm: The Collision of Hurricanes, Climate Change and Coastal Population Growth

  • Newport Historical Society Resource Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

About: Jeff Donnelly, a climatologist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, will discuss the historical links between hurricanes, climate change, and population growth along the coast. Please register for this event by calling 401-846-0813 x110 or email hrockwood@newporthistory.org. Tickets are $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers.
InfoVisit newporthistory.org.

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