2018 Great Outdoor Pursuit Schedule of Events

Check back often for additions and updates to the list of events!
Please note: Events and schedules are subject to change. Please like us on Facebook and be the first to hear about updates.

Saturday, May 12
8:30 am to 11 am
Come Birding with Me, Great Swamp Wildlife Management Area, West Kingston
EVENT FULL Guided hike to search for songbirds, wading birds, waterfowl, and raptors while learning about habitat management for birds and other wildlife! Registration is limited to 25 participants. Proof of visit: Your guide will give you a sticker at the end of the hike.
Saturday, May 19
12 pm – 3 pm
Official Kick-Off Event
Kid’s to Parks Day, Pulaski State Park, Chepachet
Join DEM’s Great Outdoor Pursuit team and the Division of Parks and Recreation for a guided hike around Peck Pond, arts & crafts, face painting and more. The first 80 registered Pursuit kids to check in will receive a voucher for one free lunch (limited menu) from Championship Melt food truck. Proof of visit: The Great Outdoors Pursuit team will give you a sticker at check in.
Saturday, May 19
9am – 3pm
Introduction to Freshwater Fly Fishing, Addieville East Farm, Mapleville
Join DEM’s Division of Fish & Wildlife’s to learn the art and science of fly fishing. The class includes fly fishing in a trout stocked pond. Fee: $15.00/person. Supplies and lunch included. Families with children age 10 and older are welcome. Space is limited and registration is required! For more information, please contact Kimberly Sullivan at 401-539-0019 or kimberly.sullivan@dem.ri.gov. Proof of visit: Fish & Wildlife staff will give you a sticker.
Every Saturday Starting June 2 through August 4
10:00 to 11:00 a.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 or email mowc@rihs.org to make a reservation. Your tour guide will stamp your Passport.
Saturday, June 2
10 am to 2 pm
FREE Family Fun Day – Audubon Society of RI Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol
Thanks to the Citizens Bank Foundation, the Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium is open free to the public the first Saturday of every month. Join Audubon for crafts, nature stories, animal discoveries, hikes and more. No need to register. The June theme is Pollinator Palooza. The nature center is open 9:00 - 5:00 with activities taking place between 10:00 - 2:00. Facility and trails are stroller friendly. Proof of visit: Audubon will stamp your passport. Only one visit to Audubon is eligible for credit on your passport.
Saturday, June 2
10 am
Hike Rx, Browning Woods Trail, South Kingstown
Join the South Kingstown Land Trust for an all ages hike through a 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 the 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. View directions and map of Browning Woods Trail. Please check SKLT’s website, Facebook, and Twitter in case of foul weather. Proof of Visit: Your hiking guide will give you a sticker.
Sunday, June 3
1 pm to 4 pm
Lafayette Fish Hatchery Tours, North Kingstown
Tours will run continuously from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Lafayette Fish Hatchery is one of three hatcheries where DEM raises fish until they are stocked in the state's waters. During the tours, personnel from DEM's Division of Fish and Wildlife will explain the functions and procedures of the Hatchery as well as the life stages of fish. Proof of visit: Fish & Wildlife staff will give you a sticker.
Thursday, June 21
8:30 am
Third Thursday Hike – Weeden Farm, South Kingstown
Join South Kingstown Land Trust for a guided hike every 3rd Thursday at on a featured SKLT trail. View directions and map of Weeden Trail. Please check SKLT’s website, Facebook, and Twitter in case of foul weather. Proof of Visit: Your hiking guide will give you a sticker.
Saturday, July 7
10 am to 2 pm
FREE Family Fun Day – Audubon Society of RI Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol
July is all about Icky, Squishy, Weird and Wacky Science! Thanks to the Citizens Bank Foundation, the Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium is open free to the public the first Saturday of every month. Join Audubon for crafts, nature stories, animal discoveries, hikes and more. No need to register. The June theme is Pollinator Palooza. The nature center is open 9:00 - 5:00 with activities taking place between 10:00 - 2:00. Facility and trails are stroller friendly. Proof of visit: Audubon will stamp your passport.
Saturday, July 7
10 am
Hike Rx, Browning Woods Trail, South Kingstown
Join the South Kingstown Land Trust for an all ages hike through a 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 the 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. View directions and map of Browning Woods Trail. Please check SKLT’s website, Facebook, and Twitter in case of foul weather. Proof of Visit: Your hiking guide will give you a sticker.
Tuesday, July 17
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Rain date July 18
Family Kayaking - Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Assn (WPWA)
Exclusively for Pursuit-registered families! Learn to paddle a kayak on the beautiful Wood River. WPWA will provide kayaks, paddles, life jackets, and instruction. Then you will paddle upstream to enjoy a pleasant summer evening paddle. Space is limited to the first 25 people who register http://wpwa.org/events.php. This event is suitable for children ages 8 and up. All children must be accompanied by an adult. WPWA has a limited number of tandem kayaks if you have younger children. Arrangements can be made after registration. This event free, but donations to WPWA are appreciated.
Thursday, July 19
8:30 am
Third Thursday Hike – Yawgoo Trail, South Kingstown
Join South Kingstown Land Trust for a guided hike every 3rd Thursday at on a featured SKLT trail. View directions and map of Yawgoo Trail. Please check SKLT’s website, Facebook, and Twitter in case of foul weather. Proof of Visit: Your hiking guide will give you a sticker.
Sunday, July 22
1 pm – 2 pm
(Rain Date: July 29)
Norman Bird Sanctuary - All Smiles for Reptiles
Hit the trails in search of native reptiles! You will learn all about the natural history of reptiles and which species can be found in Rhode Island before taking a naturalist-guided hike in search of snakes and turtles. A live reptile Animal Ambassadors presentation will also highlight the group’s adaptations for survival. Fee: $10 Members/$12 Non-members. Pre-registration online is required. Proof of Visit: A Norman Bird Sanctuary staff will stamp your passport.
Saturday, July 14
Time: TBD
Hunter Education - Youth Day at the Range, Peacedale
Join DEM’s Division of Fish & Wildlife to learn about firearms and hunter safety along with opportunities to try rifle shooting, shotgun shooting, and archery. The event is open to youth age 10 to 19 only. Equipment is provided and no prior experience is necessary. Space is limited and registration is required! Registration opening soon - check back for details! Proof of visit: The Great Outdoors Pursuit team will give you a sticker.
Monday, July 23
Time: 9:30 am - 1 pm
9:30am Safety Training
Kid’s Archery at Kettle Pond, Charlestown
The US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFW), with support from the RIDEM, will offer a FREE Archery program for children ages 10 and up. USFW will supply equipment (please do not bring your own). All participants must take part in a half hour safety session starting at 9:30 am. Children under 10 are welcome to join USFW staff for nature crafts, puzzles, games and scavenger hunts inside in the visitor center. Please register by calling USFW at 401.364.9124. USFW staff will stamp your Passport.
Sunday, July 29
Time: TBD
Governor’s Bay Day
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. Some beaches will have special activities. Check back website for more info. Proof of visit: To be determined (TBD).
Saturday, August 4
10 am to 2 pm
FREE Family Fun Day – Audubon Society of RI Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol
July is all about Icky, Squishy, Weird and Wacky Science! Thanks to the Citizens Bank Foundation, the Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium is open free to the public the first Saturday of every month. Join Audubon for crafts, nature stories, animal discoveries, hikes and more. No need to register. The June theme is Pollinator Palooza. The nature center is open 9:00 - 5:00 with activities taking place between 10:00 - 2:00. Facility and trails are stroller friendly. Proof of visit: Audubon will stamp your passport.
Saturday, August 4
10 am
Hike Rx, Browning Woods Trail, South Kingstown
Join the South Kingstown Land Trust for an all ages hike through a 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 the 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. View directions and map of Browning Woods Trail. Please check SKLT’s website, Facebook, and Twitter in case of foul weather. Proof of Visit: Your hiking guide will give you a sticker.
Monday, August 6
Time: 9:30 am - 1 pm
9:30am Safety Training
Kid’s Archery at Kettle Pond, Charlestown
The US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFW), with support from the RIDEM, will offer a FREE Archery program for children ages 10 and up. USFW will supply equipment (please do not bring your own). All participants must take part in a half hour safety session starting at 9:30 am. Children under 10 are welcome to join USFW staff for nature crafts, puzzles, games and scavenger hunts inside in the visitor center. Please register by calling USFW at 401.364.9124. USFW staff will stamp your Passport.
Saturday, August 11
Time: TBD
Great Outdoors Pursuit Grand Finale, Lincoln Woods State Park, Lincoln
Bring your passport to the grand finale and earn your rewards. This event will include a picnic lunch and awards ceremony for registered participants. More details coming soon!

Places to visit on your own to earn passport stickers:

Volvo Ocean Race, Fort Adams State Park, Newport Visit Fort Adams State Park to check out the Volvo Ocean Race anytime between May 8 and May 20. Entrance to the Race Village is FREE. (A fee for parking will be charged May 17-20!). For more information, visit www.volvooceanracenewport.com. Proof of visit: Take a photo of your team in front of the Kids Exploration Zone inside the Race Village. Show the photo to a Great Outdoors Pursuit staff at the next event or finale.
Ice Age Hike, Ninigret Park, Charlestown The US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFW) invites you to walk along the Charlestown Moraine, created by the glacial ice sheet around 17,000 years ago, when mammoths, like Manny from the Ice Age movie were around. Hike to the Observation Tower to view Ninigret Pond, the Atlantic Ocean, and Block Island, a terminal Moraine, also created by the ice sheet. Take a photo of Block Island, and learn about the glacial history inside the visitor center to earn a "Blue Goose" stamp for your passport. The Visitor Center is open daily, from 10 am to 3pm. Located at the Kettle Pond Visitor Center.

Note: Events and schedules are subject to change. Please like us on Facebook and be the first to hear about updates.

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