Fall Wildflower Walk

Wednesday, September 25th
(5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.)

$10 Members, $12 Non-members

Long before the first leaves turn, the first signs of fall start showing along the field edges at NBS. In this naturalist-guided program, participants will go over some of the basics of wildflower identification, and head out to the fields to search for and identify some common fall flowers.

Recommended for ages 8 and up

Rain Date: Thursday, September 26th


Mushroom Hunting in Rhode Island
Part I: Guest Lecture by the Mushroom Hunting Foundation

Thursday, October 10th
(6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)

$12 Members, $14 Non-members
Pre-registration is required.

Join us in Mabel's Studio to learn about the amazing types of mushrooms in the region! Some are delicious and some are poisonous, but their ecology is always fun to learn about. You'll hear from Ryan Bouchard and Emily Schmidt, New England's leading mushroom hunting teachers, as they walk you through an incredible slideshow of all-local photography.

You'll learn the basics of wild mushroom science and safety, and the local fall species that are considered "safe for beginners" to cook with. This class will show you inside a whole world of adventure that most people overlook!

Please note Norman Bird Sanctuary’s no collection property guideline.
Recommended for adults and older teens.


Guided Mushroom Hunt
Part II: Searching for Fall Species

Saturday, October 12th
(10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.)

$12 Members, $14 Non-members
Pre-registration is required.

Join us for a hands-on hike with Ryan Bouchard and Emily Schmidt, New England’s leading mushroom hunting teachers, into the forest for a close look at local fungi in their natural habitats.

Learn how knowing the ecology of wild mushrooms can help you find them. Mushroom identification will be explored in depth, with emphasis on mushroom photography as an important tool. Ryan and Emily will teach you science-based, safe methods to experience the amazing world of wild mushrooms.

Students should bring cameras or phones with ringers off.

Please note Norman Bird Sanctuary’s no collection property guideline.
Recommended for adults and older teens.

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Bird Feeding Basics

Sunday, October 20th
(2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)

$12 Members, $14 Non-members

Fall is the season to start feeding birds! Watching birds at a backyard feeder is a great way to learn about bird identification and behavior while also helping birds survive the harshest months of the year. NBS’ interactive program will cover a wide range of topics from seeds to storage to help transform your back yard into a winter oasis for our feathered friends. Families will have an opportunity to make a bird feeder out of natural materials!

Recommended for ages 8 and up.

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Fort & Shelter Building

Saturday, November 9th
(1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
$10 Members, $12 Non-members

Explore the trails in the crisp fall air and learn how to build shelters and forts in the Yew Forest! (Named the Fairy Forest by our summer campers) You’ll also use your senses to discover the exciting changes that happen in fall at NBS.

Recommended for ages 4 and up
Children under 18 must be accompanied by a registered adult.

Rain Date: Saturday, November 23rd


November Owl Prowl

Friday, November 15th
(6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.)

$12 Members, $14 Non-members

Prowl the trails at dusk as native owls begin to set up their nesting territory. You’ll learn how to identify owl species by sight and call before heading out on the trails. After the night hike, you’ll return indoors for hot chocolate and a chance to meet our Animal Ambassador barred owl Micah.

Recommended for ages 6 and up

Rain Date: Friday, November 22nd


International Coastal Cleanup - Third Beach - FULL

Saturday, September 21st
(10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
Pre-registration through Save the Bay

Each year, NBS leads the ICC at Third Beach, which is part of an international effort by the Ocean Conservancy to reduce litter on our beaches around the world. Last year 2,293 volunteers across Rhode Island picked up 13,389 pounds of trash! You can be a part of the effort to keep our favorite local coastal areas clean by joining efforts with NBS staff. Participants will meet at the Navy lot at Third Beach and comb the shore for trash and recyclables.

Please wear closed-toe shoes and don’t forget a reusable water bottle!

Recommended for all ages with parental help


Pre-K Fall Story & Stroll Series - ALL DATES SOLD OUT!

Wednesdays: September 18th, October 2nd & 16th & October 30th, November 13th
(10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.)

$7 per program (includes 1 child and 1 parent), $5 per additional child
Pre-registration is required. Sign up A.S.A.P. as this program fills up quickly.

Parents and preschoolers!

Join NBS for a series of nature stories geared toward our 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; please dress for the weather.

Recommended for ages 1-5 years.

If you’d like to be put on the waitlist for any sold out dates, please call the Welcome Center at (401) 846-2577 or email Thank you!

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 FREE Guided Bird Walks

Sundays: September 29th, October 13th & 27th, November 10th & 24th, December 8th & 22nd
(8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.)

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.
Binoculars are helpful but not required. Limited pairs of binoculars are available to borrow when the Welcome Center opens at 9:00 a.m.


Looking for an annual event? Please check out the full list at the Event Calendar.

Unless otherwise noted children under 18 must be accompanied by a registered adult.


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 x 33.


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.