October 20, 2020

Since 1897, Audubon Has Taken it Outside!

Audubon Supports Governor Raimondo’s New Initiative to Move Meetings, Programs and Activities Outside

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For over 100 years, the Audubon Society of Rhode Island has been a guide to the great outdoors. During this trying time, Audubon supports Rhode Island’s new initiative Take it Outside! which encourages businesses and organizations to head outdoors during the COVID 19 pandemic for meetings, classes and activities where participants may safely social distance.

The Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium in Bristol, RI offers stunning outdoor space to rent for business meetings, classes, workshops or other activities for small groups. The covered patio, rustic pavilion, rolling lawns and rose-pollinator garden provide natural spaces to gather with social distancing in mind. And the trails and boardwalk to Narragansett Bay are free and available to all for exercise and nature observation. Email adimonti@asri.org for property rental details.

Looking for a place to hike? With 13 wildlife refuges across the state that are open to the public free of charge, there is no better way to explore nature and get outside than with Audubon. Discover trails through stunning saltmarsh properties, upland forests and rocky, steep terrain. Exploring and enjoying nature provides exercise, stress relief and fresh air, which are so welcome and needed in this challenging time. Visit asri.org/hike to find an Audubon wildlife refuge near you as well as property details, directions and downloadable trail maps.

Pulling from years of environmental education experience and expert resources, Audubon has introduced Audubon at Home, a free online resource for nature exploration. There are 20 different themes to engage students, families and classrooms. One theme is all about owls, others are about frogs and snakes. Learn all about the intelligent Raven, bug out with insects, explore the shore and more! Look for videos of Audubon critters and stories, download craft ideas, explore fun facts, and discover educational activities. Engaging and fun, click here to review activities online and then get the kids outside to explore!

Audubon also offers small-group nature programs designed with safety in mind. From birding walks to outdoor family programs and even private guided nature tours for groups of four or less, Audubon guides have been taking it outside for over 100 years. Visit the Audubon calendar of events to learn more.

A few important notes if you do plan on visiting an Audubon Society of Rhode Island property:

  • Remember to socially distance and do not gather in large groups.
  • Please bring a mask in case it is not possible to social distance while outside.
  • Visit www.asri.org for visitation and safety guidelines for the Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium in Bristol.
  • Pets are not allowed on Audubon Wildlife Refuges.

The Audubon Society of Rhode Island is an independent not-for-profit environmental organization dedicated to protecting birds, wildlife, and their habitats through environmental education, advocacy, and land conservation. The state’s first environmental organization, the Society now protects nearly 10,000 acres in a network of refuges, pristine properties and wildlife habitats. One of the largest private environmental educators in the state, in 2019 Audubon staff taught approximately 22,000 people across the region. Audubon Society of Rhode Island is not affiliated with National Audubon.

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