Discover YOUR True Nature.

RI Land Trusts protect special places that are yours to enjoy - from beaches, ponds, and rivers to forests, rolling fields and farms. These are the perfect places to get outdoors, relax and spend time in nature. Get out and discover your true nature during Land Trust Days and throughout the year. It’s healthy and happy fun for all!

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Check out the Activities list to see all of the great family fun events hosted by Rhode Island land trusts.

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Land Trust Days is celebrating its 5th year: August 13 - October 2

This is your opportunity to discover Rhode Island’s protected open space lands where you can get outdoors and enjoy nature. Land Trust Days has something for everyone. Many guided walks and other activities are offered by land trusts throughout the state. The walks introduce you to some of Rhode Island’s most interesting trails. You can take a full moon walk, visit a ghost town, walk through sculptures and learn about mushrooms and history. You can also attend community festivals, a bonfire and hot dog roast, and a trolley tour of protected lands on Aquidneck Island. Most activities are free. Some free events have limited capacity and require reservations. A few events require registration and have a fee. So check the details for the activities you want to attend and plan ahead so you won't be disappointed.

For more information on upcoming events, check out our Activities page and download a copy to keep!

We also post activities on MeetUp and Facebook. New to Meetup? Just go to meetup.com and sign up - membership is free. Click on “Find a Meetup Group” and type in Rhode Island Land Trust Days. Once you sign up, you will get notified about all the Land Trust Days activities as well as many land trust events throughout the year.

If you prefer to be a “Do it Yourself” hiker, ExploreRI has maps of land trust trails that you can visit anytime to take a walk and get outdoors.

2016 Land Trust Day Roster of Activities

August 2016

 

Saturday, August 13 – through October 2nd

Sunday, August 21

11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Miantonomi Memorial Tower Opening – Newport Miantonomi Park

Host: Aquidneck Land Trust

3:00 – 4:30 pm

Hike at Dr. John Champlin Glacier Park w/ RI Families in Nature – Westerly Champlin Glacier Park, Hosts: Westerly Land Trust & RI Families in Nature

Thursday, August 25

5:45 – 7:30 pm

Signature Tree Walk – Bristol Mount Hope Farm

Hosts: Bristol Land Conservation Trust and Mount Hope Farm

 

Friday, August 26

 

9:30 am – 1:00 pm

Farmers’ Market Presentations by Appalachian Mountain Club, Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed & Kettle Pond Center – Charlestown

Host: Charlestown Land Trust

 

Saturday, August 27

 

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Taking the Mystery out of Mushrooming – Exeter Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge

Host: Audubon Society of RI

 

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Guided Coastal Walk at McIntosh Wildlife Refuge – Bristol

Host: Audubon Society of RI

 

8:00 – 11:00 pm

Experience A Skywatch at Pardon Gray Preserve – Tiverton Pardon Gray Preserve

Host: Tiverton Land Trust

 

Sunday, August 28

 

11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Miantonomi Memorial Tower Opening – Newport Miantonomi Park

Host: Aquidneck Land Trust

 

1:00 – 2:30 pm

Walk in Avondale Farm Preserve with Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center – Westerly Avondale Farm Preserve

Host: Westerly Land Trust

 

September 2016

 

Thursday, September 1

 

6:00 – 8:00 pm

GO! Enjoy a Summer Sunset at Neutaconkanut – Providence Neutaconkanut Hill Ballfield

Host: Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy

 

Friday, September 2

 

9:30 am – 1:00 pm

Farmers’ Market -Presentation by URI Cooperative Extension Water Quality Division –Charlestown

Host: Charlestown Land Trust

 

Monday, September 5

 

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Guided Walk in the Woods to Explore Nature & History at the Monastery – Cumberland Cumberland Monastery

Host: Cumberland Land Trust

 

Wednesday, September 7

 

5:30 – 6:30 pm

Tails on the Trail – Dog Walk on Aquidneck Land Trust’s Sakonnet Greenway Trail – Portsmouth The Glen – Portsmouth – Sakonnet Greenway

Host: Aquidneck Land Trust

 

Saturday, September 10

 

9:00 – 11:00 am

Stroll on Napatree Pont Conservation Area – Westerly Napatree Point Conservation Area

Hosts: Watch Hill Conservancy and Watch Hill Fire District

 

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Hike the Hayfield Property – Foster Hayfield Property

Hosts: Foster Land Trust and Northwest Rhode Island Supporters of Open Space (NRISOS)

 

9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Watercolor Workshop at Watson Farm Watson Farm

Host: Historic New England

 

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Audubon Raptor Weekend – Bristol

Host: Audubon Society of RI

 

Sunday, September 11

 

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Audubon Raptor Weekend – Bristol

Host: Audubon Society of RI

 

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Hike Historic Hunts Mills – East Providence Hunt Mills Falls

Host:  East Providence Conservation Commission

 

3:00 – 5:00 pm

South Kingstown Land Trusts Sculpture Trail Hike with Troy West Green Hill Beach Rd

Host: South Kingstown Land Trust

 

Thursday, September 15

 

6:30 – 8:00 pm

Harvest Sunset and Full Moonrise Walk– Barrington Veterans Memorial Park

Host: Barrington Land Conservation Trust

 

Friday, September 16

 

2:00 – 4:00 pm

Intro to Mushrooms of Rhode Island – Bristol

Host: Audubon Society of RI

 

6:00 – 8:30 pm

Harvest Moon Walk at The Crawley Preserve – South Kingstown Crawley Preserve, Glen Rock Rd.

Host: Richmond Rural Preservation Land Trust

 

7:00 – 8:30 pm

Enjoy the Full Harvest Moon at the Turner Reservoir – East Providence Turner Reservoir

Hosts: Ten Mile River Watershed Council, East Providence Conservation Commission & National Park Service

 

Saturday, September 17

 

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Hike to a ‘Ghost Town’ at Hanton City – Smithfield Smithfield Conservation Center/Wolf Hill Forest Preserve Waterview Drive

Host: Smithfield Land Trust

 

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Enjoy a Country Day at Pardon Gray – Tiverton Pardon Gray Preserve

Host: Tiverton Land Trust

 

10:00 – 11:00 am

Native Plants along Lake Canonchet – Narragansett

 

1:00 pm

Encouraging Native Species in an Era of Invasive Plants – Narragansett 6:30 pm – Stars over Canonchet Farm Canonchet Farm

Host: Friends of Canonchet Farm

 

Sunday, September 18

 

9:00 – 10:00 am

Bird Banding Demonstration with Aquidneck Land Trust – Middletown Sweet Flag Preserve

Host: Aquidneck Land Trust

 

1:00 – 3:00 pm

New Glacial Geology Trail at Canonchet Farm – Narragansett Canonchet Farm

Host: Friends of Canonchet Farm

 

1:00 – 4:00 pm

Mystified by Wild Mushrooms? Or Do They Make You Hungry? – Foraging Walk – Hopkinton Canonchet Preserve, Hope Valley

Host: Friends of Hopkinton Land Trust

 

Thursday, September 22

 

5:00 – 7:00 pm

Trolley Tour of Aquidneck Land Trust Conservation Lands – Middletown & Portsmouth

Host: Aquidneck Land Trust

 

Saturday, September 24

 

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Enjoy a Guided Walk at Garrison House Acres, Narrow River, South Kingstown Middlebridge Education Center

Host: Narrow River Land Trust & Narrow River Preservation Association

 

Sunday, September 25

 

10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Highland Woods and the Fort Barton Revolutionary War Redoubt – Tiverton Tiverton Town Hall

Host: Tiverton Land Trust

 

Wednesday, September 28

 

6:30 – 8:00 pm

Discover Champion Trees: Become a Tree Champion – North Kingstown North Kingstown Free Library

Host: Land Conservancy of North Kingstown

 

October 2016

 

Saturday, October 1

 

2:00 – 4:00 pm

Discover Boundaries and Blacksmithing in Johnston – Johnston 216 Morgan Ave

Hosts: Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy & Johnston Historical Society

 

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Taking the Mystery out of Mushrooming – Smithfield Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge

Host: Audubon Society of RI

 

Wednesday, October 5

 

5:30 – 8:30 pm

Tails on the Trail – Dog Walk on Aquidneck Land Trust’s Sakonnet Greenway Trail – Middletown Newport Vineyards

Host: Aquidneck Land Trust

 

Saturday, October 15

 

7:30 – 9:00 pm

Enjoy a Full Moon at Glocester’s Steere Hill – Glocester Steere Hill Farm Conservation Area

Host: Glocester Land Trust

 

Sunday, October 16

 

6:00 – 7:30 pm

Sunset and Hunters’ Full Moonrise – Barrington Sowams Woods

Host: Barrington Land Conservation Trust

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If you have questions about a specific Land Trust Day activity, please contact the person and Land Trust listed with that event.
If you have questions about Rhode Island Land Trust Days, please contact:
Helen Tjader, Co-Chair of RI Land Trust Days Committee: helen@acornnpsolutions.com 401-480-8329