Scroll down to see all of our current programs!  Please read our cancellation policy and mobility statement at the bottom of the page.

 FREE Guided Bird Walks

Sundays: July 29th  //  August 12th & 26th
(8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.)

Free, No Registration Required

Grab your binoculars and join our birding experts out on the trails. In the serene natural landscape at NBS, you will count up as many bird species as you can while also keeping an eye out for non-flying wildlife. All birding levels welcome. No registration required, meet in the parking lot at 8 a.m.

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All Smiles for Reptiles

Sunday, July 22nd (1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
$10 Members / $12 Non-members
Recommended for all ages

Explore the trails for 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 featuring Boxer the box turtle and Hamlet the hognose snake will also highlight the group’s adaptations for survival.

Rain date: Sunday, July 29th

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Bug Bonanza

Sunday, August 12th (10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)
$10 Members / $12 Non-members
Recommended for all ages

Discover the exotic lives of some of the most underappreciated animals around – insects! On this naturalist-guided hike, you will take your time exploring the trails in full bloom and observing the incredible diversity this group of animals has to offer. You'll get close-up looks at insects you've never seen before and leave with a newfound appreciation for these amazing animals.

Rain date: Sunday, August 19th


Free Workshop:
Creating Habitat Homes for Birds, Butterflies, and Bees

Sunday, August 26th (10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.)

Join URI Master Gardeners and Norman Bird Sanctuary Education staff for a collaborative workshop focused on Monarch Butterfly Restoration Habitat and Mabel’s Native Plant Demonstration Garden.

Enjoy a short interpretive walk to observe and explore two different wildlife habitats.  Mabel’s Garden is a defined garden with native plant habitats, and Norman Bird Sanctuary’s sunny 2.5 acre Monarch Butterfly Restoration Habitat is nearby. What types of insects and animals do these spaces attract?  Learn how to increase biodiversity by using native plants, which are essential for supplying food sources and shelter for wildlife.  The presenters will talk about wildlife corridors, and how your yard can be an important stopover spot.


NBS public programs range in accessibility, but are designed to appeal to the largest group of ages and mobility levels.  Lectures will be indoors and have minimal walking.  Unless otherwise stated, outdoor explorations are generally on even terrain with a few rocks in the path.  If you have concerns about if a program is appropriate for a mobility level or age of a person in your party, please contact the Education Department at 846-2577 x33.


Cancellations are permitted up to 7 days prior to the program date. Transfer of fees to another program is encouraged. No refunds will be given for cancellations within 7 days of the program. Programs are rain or shine. However, we reserve the right to postpone programs due to circumstances beyond our control, such as extreme weather, in which case refunds are not available. In the event that NBS cancels a program for any reason, such as under enrollment, refunds will be given to participants and processed within 30 days.