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: June 17th  //  July 1st & 15th & 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.


Nature Hike & Picnic

Sunday, June 24th
(10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)

$10 Members / $12 Non-members
Recommended for all ages

Celebrate summer with a naturalist-guided hike along shady woodland trails and then join us in the apple orchard with your picnic lunch!  This hike is perfect for families with children and will highlight animal signs, seasonal changes in plants, and other stories of the landscape.

Pack your own picnic lunch to be enjoyed in the apple orchard after the hike.

Rain date: Sunday, July 1st

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The Story of Hanging Rock

Thursday, June 28th
(7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)

$10 Members / $12 Non-members
Recommended for ages 8 and up

Have you ever wondered how Hanging Rock came to be? Join this sunset hike out to the beautiful ridge trails to learn about the unique geological formations that have inspired artists for centuries. Find out what Narragansett Bay and our stone walls have in common while overlooking Hanging Rock and Rhode Island Sound.

This intermediate difficulty hike will be about 2 miles across traverse rocky terrain.

Rain date: Friday, June 29th

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Raptor Roundup Hike

Thursday, July 12th (6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.)
$12 Members / $14 Non-members
Recommended for adults and ages 8 and up

Embark on a search for native raptors and meet an Animal Ambassador red-tailed hawk up close! You'll hike through a variety of habitats in search of wild raptor species such as red-tailed hawk, Cooper's hawk, osprey, or even stop to listen for owls. Your naturalist guides will use biofacts to explain how species are adapted to live in particular habitats and hunt certain prey items. Binoculars are helpful but not required.

Rain date: Thursday, July 19th

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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 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


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.