2017 Great Outdoor Pursuit Schedule of Events

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Every Saturday Starting June 3 through August 5
Museum of Work & Culture Woonsocket Walking Tours
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Museum of Work & Culture Woonsocket Walking Tours
Join the Museum of Work & Culture to explore historic Woonsocket along the banks of the Blackstone River and Main Street. Tour guides will explain how the river influenced the birth of the Industrial Revolution and how the mills impacted the environment. Tours are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students and include complementary admission to the museum. Children under 10 are free with a paid adult admission. Space is limited. Call the Museum at (401) 769-9675 to make a reservation. Your tour guide will stamp your Passport.
Saturday, July 22
Nature Hike and Picnic
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Norman Bird Sanctuary's Nature Hike and Picnic
Celebrate summer with a naturalist-guided hike along NBS’ shady woodland trails, and then join the Norman Bird Sanctuary after in the apple orchard with your picnic lunch! This hike is perfect for families with children, and will highlight animal signs, seasonal changes in plants, and other stories of the landscape. Pack your own picnic lunch to be enjoyed in the apple orchard to continue the fun in the sun after the hike. The address is 583 Third Beach Rd. Middletown, RI 02842. Rain date is Saturday, July 29th. Prices are $8 Members/$10 Non-members. Register here or visit www.normanbirdsanctuary.org.
Saturday, July 22
Families In Nature Hike
11:00 a.m.
Families In Nature Hike, Pulaski State Park, 151 Pulaski Road, Glocester
Family friendly hike to explore the landscape and learn about the beavers that live in and around Peck Pond. Participants are encouraged to pack a picnic lunch and bring bathing suits. Your guide will give you your sticker at the end of the hike. Meet in the parking area near the beach.
Sunday, July 30
Governor's Bay Day
Governor's Bay Day includes free parking at all Rhode Island state beaches, as well as fishing in Rhode Island's saltwaters without a fishing license. Park free and enjoy the sand and surf at any one of Rhode Island’s seven beautiful state beaches – Scarborough, Wheeler or Salty Brine in Narragansett; Charlestown Breachway, East, or East Matunuck in Charlestown; or Misquamicut in Westerly. Events will be held at Roger Wheeler State Beach and Scarborough State Beach. Check back for more details!
Friday, August 4
5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Bioluminescence Night, Beavertail State Park, Jamestown
Join RI State Parks staff for a relaxing evening at one of Rhode Island’s most scenic state parks. The event will feature Beavertail Lighthouse Tower Tours (5-7 p.m.), an outdoor movie, stargazing and illumination jelly fish and sea creatures. See a member of the RI State Parks staff to collect your stamp.
Saturday, August 5
Come Birding With Me
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Come Birding With Me, Great Swamp Management Area, West Kingston
Join DEM’s Fish and Wildlife staff to explore the birds of Rhode Island and learn about habitat management. Space is limited and pre-registration will be required. A pre-registration link will be sent to members and slots will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Your guide will give you your sticker at the end of the hike. Meet at Great Swamp Management Area Headquarters, 277 Great Neck Road, West Kingston. Continue past the buildings on a dirt road until you see a large dirt parking lot near the red metal gate and kiosk.
Saturday, August 5
Rx Hike, Browning Woods Trail
10:00 a.m.
Browning Woods Trail, South Kingstown
Join the South Kingstown Land Trust for an all ages hike in their largest land holding through pine and oak forest and past amazing stone walls. The hike is about 3 miles, though you can shorten your outing to about 1 mile if desired. Kids and leashed dogs welcome! This monthly hike on first Saturdays is part of a new Park Rx initiative in which healthcare providers in South County are joining a national movement to "prescribe” taking walks and spending time in nature for better physical and mental health. Your guide will give you your sticker at the end of the hike. Visit South Kingstown Land Trust's website for more details. Directions: GPS coordinates are 41° 24.788' N - 71° 36.362' W.
Friday, August 11
All Ages Hike
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Doug Rayner Wildlife Refuge at Nockum Hill, Barrington
Join the Barrington Land Conservation Trust and the RI Land Trust Council for a tour of the Douglas Rayner Wildlife Refuge at Nockum Hill. View the largest regional nesting ground for the diamondback terrapin and enjoy the gentle coastal walking trails along Hundred Acre Cove. This is a leisurely, 2-3 mile easy hike for all ages. Due to the sensitivity of the nesting terrapin population, dogs are not permitted at the Refuge. Sunset will be 7:50 on Aug 11 and twilight will last until 8:21pm. Flashlights are optional. Insect repellant is recommended year round for prevention of Lyme Disease. GPS address is 111 George St, Barrington, RI 02806. Carpooling is encouraged. For more info visit the Barrington Land Conservation Trust's Facebook Page.
Saturday, August 12
Noon to 3:30pm
RI Great Outdoors Pursuit Grand Finale, Rocky Point State Park, Warwick
Exclusively for registered families of the 2017 Great Outdoors Pursuit, the grande finale will be held RAIN or SHINE at Rocky Point State Park on Saturday, August 12 from Noon to 3:30 pm.
You must check in at the RI Great Outdoors Pursuit booth between Noon and 1 p.m. to receive your Grand Finale stamp and raffle tickets for the grand prize drawings. Sorry, no exceptions can be made. Traffic can be very heavy during this weekend, so please be sure to plan accordingly.
Please be sure to bring your 2017 passport. The number of passport stamps you collected will determine the number of raffle tickets you will receive for your chance to win one of our grand prizes. You MUST present your passport to receive raffle tickets. Prizes will be awarded at 3:00 pm.

Places to visit on your own to earn passport stickers:

Save the Bay Shoreline Cleanups Join Save the Bay and help cleanup Rhode Island’s shoreline this summer! Volunteer in a cleanup between May 20th and August 12th. See the on-site coordinator at the end of the cleanup to collect your sticker. Visit the Save the Bay website for dates, locations, and registration.
Captain Wilbur Kelly House Museum Lincoln, RI – See the Park Ranger for your sticker
Beavertail State Park Aquarium Beavertail State Park, Jamestown – see the Park Naturalist for your sticker
Coggeshell Farm Colt State Park, Bristol – See the farm staff for your sticker. (Standard admission fees apply).
Fort Adams Tour Fort Adams State Park, Newport – Visit the Fort Adams Trust gift shop to receive your sticker. (Standard admission fees apply).
Goddard State Park Golf Course Warwick, RI – Take the family to play 9 holes of golf on the only state-operated golf facility in the state. (Regulated golfing fees apply). Present your passport with payment of your greens fees to receive your sticker.
Audubon Environmental Education Center: Bristol, RI Visit Audubon for nature exploration, guided walks and programs for the entire family. For details, visit www.ASRI.org and click on “Learn”. Present your passport at the admissions counter to receive your stamp.
REI Cranston Outdoor Clinics & Events Cranston, RI – Whether you're an outdoor novice or a seasoned adventurer – REI’s got the outdoor class, outing, or event that's right for you. Register on REI’s website to attend clinics and classes offered this summer. Present your passport at the end of the class to receive your sticker or stamp.

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