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: August 26th // September 9th & 23rd // October 7th & 21st
(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.


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.


Fall Migration Ecotour

Saturday, September 8th (6:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
$70 Members / $80 Non-members

Join Norman Bird Sanctuary for an engaging Fall Migration Ecotour along the coast of Massachusetts. If that sounds like a broad area, you’re right!  NBS naturalists will be monitoring migration reports to focus in on a productive day of autumn birding at its best.

This is a beautiful time of year to see waves of migrating birds as they make their way down the Atlantic flyway. Experienced and beginner birders alike are welcome on this itinerary designed to hit several birding hotspots and a variety of habitats in the area. Be on the lookout for raptors, shorebirds, and droves of swallows among other species. Please dress for the weather, and bring a bag lunch and reusable water bottle. Snacks and water refills are provided.

• Space is limited—register soon to secure your seat!
• Binoculars and cameras are encouraged.
• NBS will have a spotting scope available.
• Transportation is provided—the van will stop along the way for short walks in various habitats.
• Please be on time. We plan to depart NBS no later than 6:30 am.

Questions are welcome. Please email for additional information.

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Pre-K Fall Story & Stroll Series

Wednesdays: September 12th & 26th, October 10th & 24th, November 7th & 21st
(10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.)

$5 per program, includes 1 child and 1 parent
$2 per additional child

Parents and preschoolers, join NBS for a series of fun 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; in the event of inclement weather, an animal presentation will be substituted for the walk.

Recommended for ages 1 - 5

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International Coastal Cleanup - Third Beach with Norman Bird Sanctuary

Saturday, September 16th (10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
*FREE, Pre-registration through Save the Bay

Join the international effort to clean up coastal litter at your favorite beach, Third Beach! Last year 2,205 volunteers across R.I. picked up nearly 15,000 pounds of trash. Sign up with Save the Bay and meet up with NBS staff at the Navy Lot before combing the shore!Last year 2,629 volunteers across Rhode Island picked up 16,484 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.


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.