Welcome to Norman Bird Sanctuary

Welcome Center & Trails:

Open daily 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the trails are closed for Harvest Fair weekend. In the event of inclement weather, closings will mirror the Middletown Public School system.

Check-in required at the Welcome Center before hiking on trails.

Trail Fees: 
Members: Free
Adults: $7
Senior/Military: $6
Students w. ID: $3
Children (3-18 yrs): $3
Under 3: Free

Please respect the plants and animals of this beautiful place by observing the following rules:
NO dogs, smoking, drones, horses, bikes, kites, motorized vehicles, jogging, littering, or collecting of any kind.

To protect the wildlife and preserve the sensitive habitats, Norman Bird Sanctuary does not allow visitors to bring dogs, cats or other domestic animals on the property.

Visitors with disabilities and their service dogs are welcome. Service dogs must be on harness or leash, under the control of their handler, and remain on the trails at all times. Waste must be picked up and removed. Norman Bird Sanctuary's Universally Accessible Trail meets ADA standards, so visitors with mobility devices can participate fully and have access to enjoy nature.

Emotional support and therapy animals are not permitted.

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Visit with Your Group or Club:

Groups of 8-15 are welcome to enjoy self-guided walks or birdwatching with an advanced permit. Please submit a Special Use Permit to schedule your visit. No permit is required for trail walks for groups under 8. Learn more about opportunities to rent space for meetings and small events.

Groups of 8-15 are welcome with advanced reservations.

Commercial Photographers:

Commercial photography is by permit only: Norman Bird Sanctuary welcomes wildlife and landscape photography from the trails. Under some circumstances, professional and portrait photography is occasionally permitted through a Photo Permit process. Please submit a Photo Permit to be considered.

Teen Green

Do you know a teenage nature explorer!?

Pick up a Teen Green Trail Journal at the Welcome Center and explore the trails to win fun prizes!

You’ll find special markers hidden on the trails and etch them into your journal.

Find 6 markers to win a water bottle, compass, and backpack.
Find all 10 markers to win a water bottle, compass, backpack and a Household Membership to NBS!

This program is Powered by Prince through a grant from the Frederick Henry Prince Memorial Fund at Newport Hospital.

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Public Programs

Throughout the year NBS offers special subject-based events. These events are open to the public. Please check our listings below.


Sunday Bird Walks 

Guided bird walks are offered every other Sunday. Birders meet in the parking lot and depart at 8am and return 10am. Be sure to bring your binoculars!

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Paradise Farmhouse

Our newly renovated 18th century Paradise Farmhouse located on campus sleeps up to 16 people! Learn more and book a stay!