Land Trust Days Showcase Places to Unplug in Rhode Island

Full calendar of events covers sites statewide through October

By ecoRI News staff

A sunset walk at Barrington’s scenic Nockum Hill, in the Douglas Rayner Wildlife refuge, on Aug. 11 will officially kick off the 2017 Land Trust Days, special outdoor events that will be held across Rhode Island into October.

Land Trust Days’ activities encourage individuals and families to “Discover Your True Nature” by "unplugging" and getting outside to relax and enjoy the state’s collection of open spaces. This annual event is led by the Rhode Island Land Trust Council.

At the Aug. 11 kick-off event, the Barrington Land Conservation Trust will provide guides on a 2-to-3-mile walk, easy for all ages, to see the largest regional nesting ground for diamondback terrapins. Terrapins are aquatic turtles that live in marshes. Participants will learn about the land trust’s terrapin research project that began in 1990, while enjoying the gentle coastal walking trails along Hundred Acre Cove.

“Rhode Island’s land trusts are protecting some of the best places to unplug, get outdoors and relax in nature,” said Rupert Friday, executive director of the Rhode Island Land Trust Council. “During Land Trust Days, land trusts around the state are sharing these special places so that everyone knows where they are and enjoys them.”

Land Trust Days provide an excellent opportunity to discover some of Rhode Island’s best trails, including some new trails that traverse spectacular preserves. During the next six weeks, there is a calendar full of activities and special events, including a full-moon walk; views from the highest points in Newport and Providence; learn about insects, champion trees, edible wild plants and the history of Colonial stone walls; watch migrating birds being banded for research; a salt-pond “safari” in Westerly; paddling in Warren.