Woodcock Walk

Saturday, March 23rd
(7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)

$8 Members, $10 Non-members

Witness the American Woodcock’s fascinating “sky dance” mating display on a twilight walk through the woodland-bordered fields and learn more about the special adaptations of this elusive woodland shorebird. The woodcock’s aerial acrobatics is a reminder that spring is on its way!

Recommended for ages 6 and up

Rain Date: Saturday, March 30th

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Evening with the Raptors

Friday, April 12th
(7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)
$30 Members, $35 Non-members

Spend a cozy evening by the fire in Mabel’s Studio meeting Norman Bird Sanctuary’s resident Red-tailed Hawk and Barred Owl up close while enjoying wine, beer, and dessert. Proceeds will directly support the care of these non-releasable wild birds. This special program is offered only once a year, and is a perfect after-dinner outing.

Complimentary wine, beer, and dessert will be served.

Appropriate for adults 21+


Potato Planting Project in the Good Gardens

Saturday, April 27th
(9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.)
FREE. Pre-registration is required.

Be a part of an experiment on growing potatoes. This workshop will plant potatoes in three ways: a tower, a raised bed, and a bed bag. Growth, watering and production will be measured throughout the summer with the final harvest at the Harvest Fair.

Rain Date: Saturday, May 4th

Recommended for adults and mature teens with an interest in gardening.

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Eyes on Amphibians

Sunday, April 28th
(2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
$8 Members, $10 Non-members

With warm weather and spring showers bringing out the salamanders, there is no better time for some amphibian exploration!

Learn from live amphibian Animal Ambassadors up close and find out which species can be found in Rhode Island before hitting the trails on a naturalist-guided hike in search of frogs, toads, and salamanders, as well as their eggs in the pond, stream, and vernal pools.

Some rocky terrain on this hike route makes this an intermediate difficulty level. This program is rain or shine.

Recommended for ages 6 and up

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Spring Migration Ecotour

Saturday, May 18th
(6:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
$70 Members, $80 Non-members

May is an exciting time to see droves of migrating warblers, raptors, shorebirds, and other species. Hop into the ‘Bird Van’ and hit the best birding hot spots throughout southern New England. Your birding guides plan the day trip around current sightings reports, so you have the best chance of spotting rare spring migrants.

Pack a bag lunch to go with provided snacks and drinks. Dress warmly with appropriate footwear, and binoculars are recommended. Space is limited!

Recommended for adults & mature teens of all birding levels.

Rain Date: Saturday, May 25th


Put Your Waste to Work: Learning to Compost

Saturday, July 13th
(10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.)

FREE, Pre-registration is required.

What is compost? How do you make it? Learn to put your waste to work by learning how to compost.

Recommended for adults and mature teens with an interest in gardening.

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 FREE Guided Bird Walks

Sundays: March 31st, April 14th & 28th
(8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.)

FREE. No registration required.

Count up as many bird species as you can, from soaring red-tailed hawks to tiny hovering hummingbirds. You'll learn how to identify common year-round residents and seasonal migrants.

All birding levels welcome.
No registration required. Meet in the parking lot at 8 a.m.

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Pre-K Spring Story and Stroll Series - SOLD OUT!

All program dates are SOLD OUT. Thank you all!
Please call the Welcome Center to be placed on a waiting list.

Pre-registration: $5 per program (includes 1 child and 1 parent), $2 per additional child
Walk-in registration: $8 per program, $5 per additional child

Parents and preschoolers join NBS educators for a fresh spring series of nature stories geared toward the youngest visitors. Each week a story will complement a nature walk focused on the sensory experiences around the garden and trails. This program is rain or shine; in the event of inclement weather, an animal presentation will be substituted for the walk.

Recommended for ages 1-5 years.


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. Please be aware that only registered participants will be notified if a program is cancelled.