A Little Bit About Us

Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown, Rhode Island welcomes 20,000 visitors each year to our 325-acre campus.  Visitors of all ages and backgrounds explore seven miles of trails and participate in hundreds of educational programs throughout the year, from school-based environmental education and field trips for thousands of children in every school district in RI; to 40+ programs for adults, children and families; to 10 camp programs for 600+ children; to a Harvest Fair that attracts 10,000+.

With a fun and extraordinarily team-oriented staff of 13, a highly engaged board of directors, and an operating budget just over $1 million, we work to fulfill the mission of our founder, Mabel Norman, who created the Norman Bird Sanctuary through her will in 1949.  Our mission is to protect and steward the diverse habitats in our care, while providing opportunities for people from all walks of life to learn from and enjoy the largest contiguous open space on Aquidneck Island.

NBS Summer Camp

Staff Photo 2018

Staff Photo 2018

circling up on the game field

circling up on the game field


Teacher/Naturalists lead groups of 12-16 campers in grades Pre-K through 12, plan and teach a variety of hands-on nature based camp activities; oversee camper health and safety; communicate effectively with staff and parents; and supervise high school Assistant Naturalists in Training.  Please call us to find out more!

Assistant Naturalists in Training

*All positions filled for 2019*
Check back in March 2020 for next year’s application!

ANTs assist Teacher Naturalists by reinforcing rules, themes, and concepts and help with daily camp duties.

Most ANTs gain between 70-105 community service hours.
Applicants must be entering 9-12th grade.



Join our team!

NBS is recruiting for interns to help us in a variety of positions.
All internships are unpaid, but we will work with you to obtain academic credit from your college or university.

Learn more about current internship opportunities HERE.