Sunset Geology Hike

Friday, August 2nd
(6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)
$10 Members, $12 Non-members
Pre-registration is required.

Have you ever wondered how Hanging Rock came to be?
Join Rachel Holbert for an evening walking lecture out on NBS’ rocky ridge trails to learn about the geology of the region. Find out what Narragansett Bay and our stone walls have in common, as well as why Red Fox ridge isn’t made of puddingstone.

This intermediate difficulty hike will be about 2 miles across traverse rocky terrain.
Recommended for adults and ages 8 and up

Rain Date: Friday, August 9th


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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 FREE Guided Bird Walks

Sundays: August 4th & 18th, September 1st & 15th
(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.


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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.