RI Great Outdoors Pursuit Events Calendar

2018 Great Outdoor Pursuit Schedule of Events

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Saturday, May 12
8:30 am to 11 am
Come Birding with Me, Great Swamp Wildlife Management Area, West Kingston
EVENT FULL Guided hike to search for songbirds, wading birds, waterfowl, and raptors while learning about habitat management for birds and other wildlife! Registration is limited to 25 participants. Proof of visit: Your guide will give you a sticker at the end of the hike.
Saturday, May 19
12 pm – 3 pm
Official Kick-Off Event
Kid’s to Parks Day, Pulaski State Park, Chepachet
Join DEM’s Great Outdoor Pursuit team and the Division of Parks and Recreation for a guided hike around Peck Pond, arts & crafts, face painting and more. The first 80 registered Pursuit kids to check in will receive a voucher for one free lunch (limited menu) from Championship Melt food truck. Proof of visit: The Great Outdoors Pursuit team will give you a sticker at check in.
Saturday, May 19
9am – 3pm
Introduction to Freshwater Fly Fishing, Addieville East Farm, Mapleville
Join DEM’s Division of Fish & Wildlife’s to learn the art and science of fly fishing. The class includes fly fishing in a trout stocked pond. Fee: $15.00/person. Supplies and lunch included. Families with children age 10 and older are welcome. Proof of visit: Fish & Wildlife staff will give you a sticker.
Saturday, June 2
10 am to 2 pm
FREE Family Fun Day – Audubon Society of RI Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol
Thanks to the Citizens Bank Foundation, the Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium is open free to the public the first Saturday of every month. Join Audubon for crafts, nature stories, animal discoveries, hikes and more. No need to register. The June theme is Pollinator Palooza. The nature center is open 9:00 - 5:00 with activities taking place between 10:00 - 2:00. Facility and trails are stroller friendly. Proof of visit: Audubon will stamp your passport. Only one visit to Audubon is eligible for credit on your passport.
Saturday, June 2
10 am to 11 am
Museum of Work & Culture Woonsocket Walking Tours
Every Saturday Starting June 2 through August 4 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM. Join the Museum of Work & Culture to explore historic Woonsocket along the banks of the Blackstone River and Main Street. Tour guides will explain how the river influenced the birth of the Industrial Revolution and how the mills impacted the environment. Tours are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students and include complementary admission to the museum. Children under 10 are free with a paid adult admission. Space is limited. Call the Museum at (401) 769-9675 or email mowc@rihs.org to make a reservation. Your tour guide will stamp your Passport.
Saturday, June 2
10 am
Hike Rx, Browning Woods Trail, South Kingstown
Join the South Kingstown Land Trust for an all ages hike through a pine and oak forest and past amazing stone walls. The hike is about 3 miles, though you can shorten your outing to about 1 mile if desired. Kids and leashed dogs welcome! This monthly hike on first Saturdays is part of the Park Rx initiative in which healthcare providers in South County are joining a national movement to "prescribe” taking walks and spending time in nature for better physical and mental health. View directions and map of Browning Woods Trail. Please check SKLT’s website, Facebook, and Twitter in case of foul weather. Proof of Visit: Your hiking guide will give you a sticker.
Sunday, June 3
1 pm to 3 pm
FREE Multisensory Watercolor Workshops with Paige Hannah Vargo-Willeford - Kettle Pond Visitor Center, 50 Bend Rd, Charlestown
FREE watercolor painting lessons available at Kettle Pond Visitor Center, Charlestown with artist Paige Hannah Vargo-Willeford. All ages and ability levels welcome, and all necessary materials are provided! Note that all attendees under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Register by contacting the Kettle Pond Visitor Center at 401.364.9124, if after hours, please dial 4413. Proof of visit: Passports will be stamped by staff.
Saturday, June 9
9 pm to 11 pm
Seagrave Memorial Observatory Open Nights - Skyscrapers, Inc.
Explore the wonders of the Universe through the telescopes at Seagrave Memorial Observatory, North Scituate! The observatory is open on clear Saturday nights, from 9 pm to 11 pm. Favorable views are expected of the bright outer planets Jupiter and Saturn, and by late July we will have the best views of Mars in 15 years! Parking is limited so carpooling is encouraged. No pets please, and be sure to bring a red-filtered flashlight and bug spray. For more information and any weather and cancellation updates please visit http://www.theskyscrapers.org. Proof of visit: Passport stickers will be provided by staff.
Tuesday, June 12
1 pm to 3 pm
FREE Multisensory Watercolor Workshops with Paige Hannah Vargo-Willeford - Kettle Pond Visitor Center, 50 Bend Rd, Charlestown
FREE watercolor painting lessons available at Kettle Pond Visitor Center, Charlestown with artist Paige Hannah Vargo-Willeford. All ages and ability levels welcome, and all necessary materials are provided! Note that all attendees under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Register by contacting the Kettle Pond Visitor Center at 401.364.9124, if after hours, please dial 4413. Proof of visit: Passports will be stamped by staff.
Thursday, June 21
8:30 am
Third Thursday Hike – Weeden Farm, South Kingstown
Join South Kingstown Land Trust for a guided hike every 3rd Thursday at on a featured SKLT trail. View directions and map of Weeden Trail. Please check SKLT’s website, Facebook, and Twitter in case of foul weather. Proof of Visit: Your hiking guide will give you a sticker.
Sunday, June 24
1 pm to 3 pm
FREE Multisensory Watercolor Workshops with Paige Hannah Vargo-Willeford - Kettle Pond Visitor Center, 50 Bend Rd, Charlestown
FREE watercolor painting lessons available at Kettle Pond Visitor Center, Charlestown with artist Paige Hannah Vargo-Willeford. All ages and ability levels welcome, and all necessary materials are provided! Note that all attendees under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Register by contacting the Kettle Pond Visitor Center at 401.364.9124, if after hours, please dial 4413. Proof of visit: Passports will be stamped by staff.
Sunday, June 24
1 pm to 4 pm
Lafayette Fish Hatchery Tours, North Kingstown
Tours will run continuously from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Lafayette Fish Hatchery is one of three hatcheries where DEM raises fish until they are stocked in the state's waters. During the tours, personnel from DEM's Division of Fish and Wildlife will explain the functions and procedures of the Hatchery as well as the life stages of fish. Proof of visit: Fish & Wildlife staff will give you a sticker.
Sunday, June 24
1 pm to 4 pm
Blackstone Valley Tourism Council – Explorer Tour, Central Falls
Please join the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council for a 50-minute Explorer Tour on Sunday June 24, 2018 at 1, 2, 3, or 4 PM. Children ride free with the Great Outdoor Pursuit Passport. Adult fee is $12, Senior (62 +) fee is $10. Children must be accompanied by an adult or senior. Families may want to use bug spray, sunblock, or bring a sweater depending on the weather before boarding. Tours operate rain or shine but may be cancelled during extreme weather or river conditions. Proof of Visit: The BVTC will stamp your passport.
Tuesday, June 26
1 pm to 3 pm
FREE Multisensory Watercolor Workshops with Paige Hannah Vargo-Willeford - FREE watercolor painting lessons available at Kettle Pond Visitor Center, Charlestown with artist Paige Hannah Vargo-Willeford. All ages and ability levels welcome, and all necessary materials are provided! Note that all attendees under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Register by contacting the Kettle Pond Visitor Center at 401.364.9124, if after hours, please dial 4413. Proof of visit: Passports will be stamped by staff.
Thursday, June 28
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Miss Art presents Picasso's Kids - 50 Bend Road, Charlestown Learn to paint at Kettle Pond Visitor Center, Charlestown with Elizabeth "Miss Art" Nordstrom. FREE classes with all necessary materials provided! Classes welcome children ages 6 and up, and are located at 50 Bend Rd. Charlestown, RI. Space is limited, so be sure to call (401) 364-9124 to reserve a spot! Proof of visit: Staff with stamp passports.
Saturday, July 7
10 am to 2 pm
FREE Family Fun Day – Audubon Society of RI Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol
July is all about Icky, Squishy, Weird and Wacky Science! Thanks to the Citizens Bank Foundation, the Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium is open free to the public the first Saturday of every month. Join Audubon for crafts, nature stories, animal discoveries, hikes and more. No need to register. The June theme is Pollinator Palooza. The nature center is open 9:00 - 5:00 with activities taking place between 10:00 - 2:00. Facility and trails are stroller friendly. Proof of visit: Audubon will stamp your passport.
Saturday, July 7
10 am
Hike Rx, Browning Woods Trail, South Kingstown
Join the South Kingstown Land Trust for an all ages hike through a pine and oak forest and past amazing stone walls. The hike is about 3 miles, though you can shorten your outing to about 1 mile if desired. Kids and leashed dogs welcome! This monthly hike on first Saturdays is part of the Park Rx initiative in which healthcare providers in South County are joining a national movement to "prescribe” taking walks and spending time in nature for better physical and mental health. View directions and map of Browning Woods Trail. Please check SKLT’s website, Facebook, and Twitter in case of foul weather. Proof of Visit: Your hiking guide will give you a sticker.
Saturday, July 7
9 pm to 11 pm
Seagrave Memorial Observatory Open Nights - Skyscrapers, Inc. Explore the wonders of the Universe through the telescopes at Seagrave Memorial Observatory, North Scituate! The observatory is open on clear Saturday nights, from 9 pm to 11 pm. Favorable views are expected of the bright outer planets Jupiter and Saturn, and by late July we will have the best views of Mars in 15 years! Parking is limited so carpooling is encouraged. No pets please, and be sure to bring a red-filtered flashlight and bug spray. For more information and any weather and cancellation updates please visit http://www.theskyscrapers.org. Proof of visit: Passport stickers will be provided by staff.
Thursday, July 12
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Miss Art presents Picasso's Kids - 50 Bend Rd. Charlestown Learn to paint at Kettle Pond Visitor Center, Charlestown with Elizabeth "Miss Art" Nordstrom. FREE classes with all necessary materials provided! Classes welcome children ages 6 and up, and are located at 50 Bend Rd. Charlestown, RI. Space is limited, so be sure to call (401) 364-9124 to reserve a spot! Proof of visit: Staff with stamp passports.
Saturday, July 14
9 pm to 11 pm
Seagrave Memorial Observatory Open Nights - Skyscrapers, Inc. Explore the wonders of the Universe through the telescopes at Seagrave Memorial Observatory, North Scituate! The observatory is open on clear Saturday nights, from 9 pm to 11 pm. Favorable views are expected of the bright outer planets Jupiter and Saturn, and by late July we will have the best views of Mars in 15 years! Parking is limited so carpooling is encouraged. No pets please, and be sure to bring a red-filtered flashlight and bug spray. For more information and any weather and cancellation updates please visit http://www.theskyscrapers.org. Proof of visit: Passport stickers will be provided by staff.
Saturday, July 14
Session 1 - 9 am
Session 2 - 11:30 am
Youth Day at the Range – Peace Dale Shooting Preserve Join DEM’s Division of Fish & Wildlife to learn about firearms along with opportunities to try rifle shooting, shotgun shooting, and archery. The event is open to youth age 10 to 19 only. Equipment is provided and no prior experience is necessary. Space is limited and registration is required! Learn more and register. Proof of visit: The Great Outdoors Pursuit team will give you a sticker.
Sunday, July 15 & July 22
9 am - 5 pm both days
Youth and Family Hunter Education Course 1B Camp E-Hun-Tee Place, Exeter RI. Learn about hunter responsibility, principles of wildlife management, firearms, wildlife laws and identification, game care, specialty hunting, outdoor emergencies and survival, water safety and hypothermia. There is no minimum age requirement to enroll in the hunter education course. The student must be mature enough to understand the information presented, pass the written exam, and participate in practical exercises as required. The student must also demonstrate to the satisfaction of the instructor that they possess the skills and attitude to responsibly and safely participate in hunting activity. Hunter safety certification is required in order to purchase a hunting license. More info can be found here. To Register Contact: Scott Travers scott.travers@dem.ri.gov or 401-539-0016. Proof of visit: Must attend both days and pass final exam for hunter education certification and sticker.
Tuesday, July 17
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Rain date July 18
Family Kayaking - Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Assn (WPWA)
Exclusively for Pursuit-registered families! Learn to paddle a kayak on the beautiful Wood River. WPWA will provide kayaks, paddles, life jackets, and instruction. Then you will paddle upstream to enjoy a pleasant summer evening paddle. Space is limited to the first 25 people who register http://wpwa.org/events.php. This event is suitable for children ages 8 and up. All children must be accompanied by an adult. WPWA has a limited number of tandem kayaks if you have younger children. Arrangements can be made after registration. This event free, but donations to WPWA are appreciated.
Thursday, July 19
8:30 am
Third Thursday Hike – Yawgoo Trail, South Kingstown
Join South Kingstown Land Trust for a guided hike every 3rd Thursday at on a featured SKLT trail. View directions and map of Yawgoo Trail. Please check SKLT’s website, Facebook, and Twitter in case of foul weather. Proof of Visit: Your hiking guide will give you a sticker.
Monday, July 23
Time: 9:30 am - 1 pm
9:30am Safety Training
Kid’s Archery at Kettle Pond, Charlestown
The US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFW), with support from the RIDEM, will offer a FREE Archery program for children ages 10 and up. USFW will supply equipment (please do not bring your own). All participants must take part in a half hour safety session starting at 9:30 am. Children under 10 are welcome to join USFW staff for nature crafts, puzzles, games and scavenger hunts inside in the visitor center. Please register by calling USFW at 401.364.9124. USFW staff will stamp your Passport.
Thursday, July 26
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Miss Art presents Picasso's Kids - 50 Bend Rd. Charlestown
Learn to paint at Kettle Pond Visitor Center, Charlestown with Elizabeth "Miss Art" Nordstrom. FREE classes with all necessary materials provided! Classes welcome children ages 6 and up, and are located at 50 Bend Rd. Charlestown, RI. Space is limited, so be sure to call (401) 364-9124 to reserve a spot! Proof of visit: Staff with stamp passports.
Sunday, July 29
Time: TBD
Governor’s Bay Day
Park free and enjoy the sand and surf at any one of Rhode Island’s seven beautiful state beaches – Scarborough, Wheeler or Salty Brine in Narragansett; Charlestown Breachway, East, or East Matunuck in Charlestown; or, Misquamicut in Westerly. Some beaches will have special activities. Check back website for more info. Proof of visit: To be determined (TBD).
Thursday, August 2
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Miss Art presents Picasso's Kids - 50 Bend Rd. Charlestown
Learn to paint at Kettle Pond Visitor Center, Charlestown with Elizabeth "Miss Art" Nordstrom. FREE classes with all necessary materials provided! Classes welcome children ages 6 and up, and are located at 50 Bend Rd. Charlestown, RI. Space is limited, so be sure to call (401) 364-9124 to reserve a spot! Proof of visit: Staff with stamp passports.
Saturday, August 4
10 am to 2 pm
FREE Family Fun Day – Audubon Society of RI Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol
July is all about Icky, Squishy, Weird and Wacky Science! Thanks to the Citizens Bank Foundation, the Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium is open free to the public the first Saturday of every month. Join Audubon for crafts, nature stories, animal discoveries, hikes and more. No need to register. The June theme is Pollinator Palooza. The nature center is open 9:00 - 5:00 with activities taking place between 10:00 - 2:00. Facility and trails are stroller friendly. Proof of visit: Audubon will stamp your passport.
Saturday, August 4
10 am
Hike Rx, Browning Woods Trail, South Kingstown
Join the South Kingstown Land Trust for an all ages hike through a pine and oak forest and past amazing stone walls. The hike is about 3 miles, though you can shorten your outing to about 1 mile if desired. Kids and leashed dogs welcome! This monthly hike on first Saturdays is part of the Park Rx initiative in which healthcare providers in South County are joining a national movement to "prescribe” taking walks and spending time in nature for better physical and mental health. View directions and map of Browning Woods Trail. Please check SKLT’s website, Facebook, and Twitter in case of foul weather. Proof of Visit: Your hiking guide will give you a sticker.
Monday, August 6
Time: 9:30 am - 1 pm
9:30am Safety Training
Kid’s Archery at Kettle Pond, Charlestown
The US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFW), with support from the RIDEM, will offer a FREE Archery program for children ages 10 and up. USFW will supply equipment (please do not bring your own). All participants must take part in a half hour safety session starting at 9:30 am. Children under 10 are welcome to join USFW staff for nature crafts, puzzles, games and scavenger hunts inside in the visitor center. Please register by calling USFW at 401.364.9124. USFW staff will stamp your Passport.
Thursday, August 9
3:30 pm – 7 pm
Armory Farmers Market, Dexter Park, 73 Parade St, Providence
Support local farmers and producers by shopping for fresh and local food, plants and more at the farmers market! Located in Dexter Park at 73 Parade Street, Providence every Thursday at 3:30 PM to 7 PM. Visit farmfreshri.org to learn more. Proof of visit: Stickers will be distributed by staff at the welcome table. (Note that only sticker can be obtained from visiting RI DEM sponsored farmers markets).
Thursday, August 9
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Miss Art presents Picasso's Kids - 50 Bend Rd. Charlestown
Learn to paint at Kettle Pond Visitor Center, Charlestown with Elizabeth "Miss Art" Nordstrom. FREE classes with all necessary materials provided! Classes welcome children ages 6 and up, and are located at 50 Bend Rd. Charlestown, RI. Space is limited, so be sure to call (401) 364-9124 to reserve a spot! Proof of visit: Staff with stamp passports.
Saturday, August 11
Time: TBD
Great Outdoors Pursuit Grand Finale, Lincoln Woods State Park, Lincoln
Bring your passport to the grand finale and earn your rewards. This event will include a picnic lunch and awards ceremony for registered participants. More details coming soon!

Self-Guided Locations

Earn passport stickers by visiting locations on own.

Volvo Ocean Race, Fort Adams State Park, Newport Visit Fort Adams State Park to check out the Volvo Ocean Race anytime between May 8 and May 20. Entrance to the Race Village is FREE. (A fee for parking will be charged May 17-20!). For more information, visit www.volvooceanracenewport.com. Proof of visit: Take a photo of your team in front of the Kids Exploration Zone inside the Race Village. Show the photo to a Great Outdoors Pursuit staff at the next event or finale.
Ice Age Hike, Ninigret Park, Charlestown The US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFW) invites you to walk along the Charlestown Moraine, created by the glacial ice sheet around 17,000 years ago, when mammoths, like Manny from the Ice Age movie were around. Hike to the Observation Tower to view Ninigret Pond, the Atlantic Ocean, and Block Island, a terminal Moraine, also created by the ice sheet. Take a photo of Block Island, and learn about the glacial history inside the visitor center to earn a "Blue Goose" stamp for your passport. The Visitor Center is open daily, from 10 am to 3pm. Located at the Kettle Pond Visitor Center.
Seagrave Memorial Observatory Open Nights - Skyscrapers, Inc. Every clear Saturday night Starting June 2 from 9 PM to 11 PM. Explore the wonders of the Universe through the telescopes at Seagrave Memorial Observatory, North Scituate! The observatory is open on clear Saturday nights, from 9 pm to 11 pm. Favorable views are expected of the bright outer planets Jupiter and Saturn, and by late July we will have the best views of Mars in 15 years! Parking is limited so carpooling is encouraged. No pets please, and be sure to bring a red-filtered flashlight and bug spray. For more information and any weather and cancellation updates please visit http://www.theskyscrapers.org. Proof of visit: Passport stickers will be provided by staff.
Museum of Work & Culture Woonsocket Walking Tours Every Saturday Starting June 2 through August 4 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM. Join the Museum of Work & Culture to explore historic Woonsocket along the banks of the Blackstone River and Main Street. Tour guides will explain how the river influenced the birth of the Industrial Revolution and how the mills impacted the environment. Tours are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students and include complementary admission to the museum. Children under 10 are free with a paid adult admission. Space is limited. Call the Museum at (401) 769-9675 or email mowc@rihs.org to make a reservation. Your tour guide will stamp your Passport.
Coggeshell Farm Colt State Park, Bristol – See the farm staff for your sticker. (Standard admission fees apply).
Goddard State Park Golf Course Warwick, RI – Take the family to play 9 holes of golf on the only state-operated golf facility in the state. (Regulated golfing fees apply). Present your passport with payment of your greens fees to receive your sticker.
Goddard State Park Farmers Market, Warwick Every Friday from 9 am to 1 pm – Support local farmers and producers by shopping for fresh and local food, plants and more at the farmers market! Located at 1095 Ives Road, Warwick, RI every Friday from May 4th to August 10th, at 9 AM to 1 PM. Visit farmfreshri.org to learn more. Proof of visit: Stickers can be obtained from a DEM Division of Agriculture staff worker. (Note that only sticker can be obtained from visiting RI DEM sponsored farmers markets).
Fishermen’s Memorial State Park Farmers Market, Narragansett Every Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm - Support local farmers and producers by shopping for fresh and local food, plants and more at the farmers market! Located at 1011 Point Judith Road, Narragansett, RI every Sunday from May 6th to August 5th, at 9 AM to 1 PM. Visit farmfreshri.org to learn more. Proof of visit: Stickers can be obtained from a DEM Division of Agriculture staff worker. (Note that only sticker can be obtained from visiting RI DEM sponsored farmers markets)..
Haines Memorial State Park Farmers Market, East Providence Every Wednesday from 2pm to 6pm - – Support local farmers and producers by shopping for fresh and local food, plants and more at the farmers market! Located on Rte. 103, East Providence, RI every Wednesday from May 2nd to August 8th, at 2 PM to 6 PM. Visit farmfreshri.org to learn more. Proof of visit: Stickers can be obtained from a DEM Division of Agriculture staff worker. (Note that only sticker can be obtained from visiting RI DEM sponsored farmers markets).

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