RI Great Outdoors Pursuit Events Calendar

2018 Great Outdoor Pursuit Schedule of Events

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May Events
May 8–May 20: Self-guided
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.
Saturday, May 12: 9:30 to 11:00 am
Come Birding with Me, Great Swamp Wildlife Management Area, West Kingston
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. More information and registration.
Proof of visit: Your guide will give you a sticker at the end of the hike.
Saturday, May 19: Noon to 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 to 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. Space is limited and registration is required! For more information, please contact Kimberly Sullivan at 401-539-0019 or kimberly.sullivan@dem.ri.gov.
Proof of visit: Fish & Wildlife staff will give you a sticker.
 
June Events
Saturday, June 2: 10 to 11 am
Woonsocket Walking Tours - Museum of Work & Culture, 42 South Main Street, Woonsocket
Join the Museum of Work & Culture every Saturday from 10 am to 11 am 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.
Proof of visit: Your tour guide will stamp your Passport.
Saturday, June 2: 9 to 11 pm
Seagrave Memorial Observatory Open Nights - Skyscrapers, Inc.
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, 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
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. Directions and a 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 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: 10 to 11 am
Woonsocket Walking Tours - Museum of Work & Culture, 42 South Main Street, Woonsocket
Join the Museum of Work & Culture every Saturday from 10 am to 11 am 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.
Proof of visit: Your tour guide will stamp your Passport.
Saturday, June 9: 9 to 11 pm
Seagrave Memorial Observatory Open Nights - Skyscrapers, Inc.
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 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 16: 10 to 11 am
Woonsocket Walking Tours - Museum of Work & Culture, 42 South Main Street, Woonsocket
Join the Museum of Work & Culture every Saturday from 10 am to 11 am 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.
Proof of visit: Your tour guide will stamp your Passport.
Saturday, June 16: 9 to 11 pm
Seagrave Memorial Observatory Open Nights - Skyscrapers, Inc.
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, June 21: 8:30 am
Third Thursday Hike – Weeden Farm, South Kingstown
Join the South Kingstown Land Trust for a guided hike every 3rd Thursday at on a featured SKLT trail. Directions and a 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, June 23: 10 to 11 am
Woonsocket Walking Tours - Museum of Work & Culture, 42 South Main Street, Woonsocket
Join the Museum of Work & Culture every Saturday from 10 am to 11 am 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.
Proof of visit: Your tour guide will stamp your Passport.
Saturday, June 23: 9 to 11 pm
Seagrave Memorial Observatory Open Nights - Skyscrapers, Inc.
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.
Sunday, June 24: 1 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.
Sunday, June 24: 1 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: Proof of visit: Fish & Wildlife staff will give you a sticker.
Sunday, June 24: 1 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.
Tuesday, June 26: 1 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 28: 10:30 am to Noon
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, June 30: 10 to 11 am
Woonsocket Walking Tours - Museum of Work & Culture, 42 South Main Street, Woonsocket
Join the Museum of Work & Culture every Saturday from 10 am to 11 am 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.
Proof of visit: Your tour guide will stamp your Passport.
Saturday, June 30: 9 to 11 pm
Seagrave Memorial Observatory Open Nights - Skyscrapers, Inc.
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.
 
July Events
Saturday, July 7: 10:30 am to Noon
Science Saturday at Kelly House, Lincoln
Come out to Kelly House for FREE outdoor recreation and science exploration every Saturday in July and August. Families are encouraged to stay after Science Saturday to explore the Kelly House Museum, the Blackstone River and Canal, as well as the Blackstone Bikeway. Come and try your luck with frisbee golf (frisbees provided). In case of inclement weather, we will have alternate activities in the barn at Kelly House.
Proof of visit: Event staff will distribute stickers.
Saturday, July 7: 10 to 11 am
Woonsocket Walking Tours - Museum of Work & Culture, 42 South Main Street, Woonsocket
Join the Museum of Work & Culture every Saturday from 10 am to 11 am 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.
Proof of visit: Your tour guide will stamp your Passport.
Saturday, July 7: 9 to 11 pm
Seagrave Memorial Observatory Open Nights - Skyscrapers, Inc.
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 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: 8:30 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. Directions and a 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.
Thursday, July 12: 10:30 am to Noon
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: 10:30 am to Noon
Science Saturday at Kelly House, Lincoln
Come out to Kelly House for FREE outdoor recreation and science exploration every Saturday in July and August. Families are encouraged to stay after Science Saturday to explore the Kelly House Museum, the Blackstone River and Canal, as well as the Blackstone Bikeway. Come and try your luck with frisbee golf (frisbees provided). In case of inclement weather, we will have alternate activities in the barn at Kelly House.
Proof of visit: Event staff will distribute stickers.
Saturday, July 14: 10 to 11 am
Woonsocket Walking Tours - Museum of Work & Culture, 42 South Main Street, Woonsocket
Join the Museum of Work & Culture every Saturday from 10 am to 11 am 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.
Proof of visit: Your tour guide will stamp your Passport.
Saturday, July 14: 9 to 11 pm
Seagrave Memorial Observatory Open Nights - Skyscrapers, Inc.
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 and hunter safety 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. Limited space is available and registration closes July 6, 2018, so be sure to sign up now! For more information call 401.539.0019 or email Jessica.pena@dem.ri.gov.
Proof of visit: The Great Outdoors Pursuit team will give you a sticker.
Saturday, July 14: 2 to 5 pm
Come Clam with Me - Rocky Point State Park, Warwick
Learn to quahog from local quahogger Jody King as he teaches families how to dig for clams and the history and value of clamming in Rhode Island. Attendance is limited and pre-registration will be required, so be sure to sign up! Participants must be registered for the 2018 Rhode Island Great Outdoors Pursuit. Register here.
Proof of visit: See a member of the Great Outdoors Pursuit team to collect your sticker.
Sunday, July 15: 9 am to 5 pm
Youth and Family Hunter Education Course, Exeter
Come join us for a course on hunter safety! Learn to hunt responsibly. This will be a two day event. Attendance is required on both days. Topics include: hunter responsibility, principles of wildlife management, firearms, wildlife laws and identification, game care, specialty hunting, outdoor emergencies and survival, water safety and hypothermia. Hunter safety certification is required in order to purchase a hunting license. Learn about hunter education. To Register Contact: Scott Travers scott.travers@dem.ri.gov or 401-539-0016.
Proof of visit: Event staff will supply stamps.
Tuesday, July 17: 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Family Kayaking - Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Assn (WPWA), Hope Valley
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. Register here. 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.(Rain date: Wed, July 18)
Proof of visit: XX
Thursday, July 19: 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Thursday Night Walkabout at Blackstone Valley Visitor Center
Join us for a family-friendly nature walk! The walk departs from the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center on 295 and explores the trail leading down to the Captain Wilbur Kelly House in the Blackstone River State Park. Learn more about the plants and animals that live in the park as well as the glaciers that created the river valley. Feel free to bring water and snacks as well as bug spray. Please be aware that there is some poison ivy in the plants off the path, so staying on the path is strongly encouraged.
Proof of visit: Event staff will distribute stickers.
Thursday, July 19: 8:30 am
Third Thursday Hike – Yawgoo Trail, South Kingstown
Join the South Kingstown Land Trust for a guided hike every 3rd Thursday at on a featured SKLT trail. Directions and a 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 21: 10:30 am to Noon
Science Saturday at Kelly House, Lincoln
Come out to Kelly House for FREE outdoor recreation and science exploration every Saturday in July and August. Families are encouraged to stay after Science Saturday to explore the Kelly House Museum, the Blackstone River and Canal, as well as the Blackstone Bikeway. Come and try your luck with frisbee golf (frisbees provided). In case of inclement weather, we will have alternate activities in the barn at Kelly House.
Proof of visit: Event staff will distribute stickers.
Saturday, July 21: 10 to 11 am
Woonsocket Walking Tours - Museum of Work & Culture, 42 South Main Street, Woonsocket
Join the Museum of Work & Culture every Saturday from 10 am to 11 am 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.
Proof of visit: Your tour guide will stamp your Passport.
Saturday, July 21: 9 to 11 pm
Seagrave Memorial Observatory Open Nights - Skyscrapers, Inc.
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.
Sunday, July 22: 1 to 2 pm
Norman Bird Sanctuary - All Smiles for Reptiles
(Rain Date: July 29) Hit the trails in search of 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. Fee: $10 Members/$12 Non-members. Pre-registration online is required.
Proof of visit: A Norman Bird Sanctuary staff will stamp your passport.
Monday, July 23: 9:30 am to 1:30 pm
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. 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.
Proof of visit: USFW staff will stamp your Passport.
Thursday, July 26: 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Valley Falls Historical Tours, Cumberland Town Hall
Learn about the history of Valley Falls and the important role it has played – and continues to play – in immigration in the Blackstone River Valley! The group will meet at the Cumberland Town Hall and depart from there. Stops will include the Blackstone River and Club Juventude Lusitana. The event is free and the walk is a short, easy walk on paved sidewalks. Be sure to bring water and wear sunscreen!
Proof of visit: Event staff will distribute stickers.
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.
Saturday, July 28: 10:30 am to Noon
Science Saturday at Kelly House, Lincoln
Come out to Kelly House for FREE outdoor recreation and science exploration every Saturday in July and August. Families are encouraged to stay after Science Saturday to explore the Kelly House Museum, the Blackstone River and Canal, as well as the Blackstone Bikeway. Come and try your luck with frisbee golf (frisbees provided). In case of inclement weather, we will have alternate activities in the barn at Kelly House.
Proof of visit: Event staff will distribute stickers.
Saturday, July 28: 10 to 11 am
Woonsocket Walking Tours - Museum of Work & Culture, 42 South Main Street, Woonsocket
Join the Museum of Work & Culture every Saturday from 10 am to 11 am 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.
Proof of visit: Your tour guide will stamp your Passport.
Saturday, July 28: 9 to 11 pm
Seagrave Memorial Observatory Open Nights - Skyscrapers, Inc.
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.
Sunday, July 29: 11 am to 3 pm
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. More event details to come!
Proof of visit: TBD
Tuesday, July 31: 6:30 to 8:00 pm
FREE L.L. Bean Clinic: Basic Map & Compass Navigation, Cranston
Learn to stay on course with L.L. Bean experts in a FREE map and compass navigation clinic! Located at L.L. Bean's Garden City store, course instructors will teach attendees the fundamentals of navigation know-how. Compasses will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. Clinic may be held outdoors, so be sure to wear appropriate clothing!
Proof of visit: A member of the L.L. Bean staff will stamp your passport.
 
August Events
Thursday, August 2: 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Thursday Night Walkabout: Hearthside House Museum, Lincoln
Join us for a family-friendly tour of the Hearthside House Museum and Chase Farm! Learn all about the house that love built while touring the property with the staff from Hearthside and a National Park Service ranger.
Proof of visit: Event staff will distribute stickers.
Thursday, August 2: 6:30 to 7:30 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: 10:30 am to Noon
Science Saturday at Kelly House, Lincoln
Come out to Kelly House for FREE outdoor recreation and science exploration every Saturday in July and August. Families are encouraged to stay after Science Saturday to explore the Kelly House Museum, the Blackstone River and Canal, as well as the Blackstone Bikeway. Come and try your luck with frisbee golf (frisbees provided). In case of inclement weather, we will have alternate activities in the barn at Kelly House.
Proof of visit: Event staff will distribute stickers.
Saturday, August 4: 10 to 11 am
Woonsocket Walking Tours - Museum of Work & Culture, 42 South Main Street, Woonsocket
Join the Museum of Work & Culture every Saturday from 10 am to 11 am 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.
Proof of visit: Your tour guide will stamp your Passport.
Saturday, August 4: 9 to 11 pm
Seagrave Memorial Observatory Open Nights - Skyscrapers, Inc.
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, August 4: 10 am to 2 pm
FREE Family Fun Day – Audubon Society of RI Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol
The August theme is Ocean Wonders! 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. Directions and a 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: 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
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. 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.
Proof of visit: USFW staff will stamp your Passport.
Thursday, August 9: 11 am to 2 pm
Come Clam with Me - Rocky Point State Park, Warwick
Learn to quahog from local quahogger Jody King as he teaches families how to dig for clams and the history and value of clamming in Rhode Island. Attendance is limited and pre-registration will be required, so be sure to sign up! Participants must be registered for the 2018 Rhode Island Great Outdoors Pursuit. Register here.
Proof of Visit: See a member of the Great Outdoors Pursuit team to collect your sticker.
Thursday, August 9: 3:30 – 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.
Thursday, August 9: 10:30 am to Noon
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.
Friday, August 10: 5:30 pm & 6:30 pm
Land Trust Days 2018 Kick Off Celebration - Cumberland Monastary
The Cumberland Land Trust invites you to come enjoy a FREE 2-mile guided hike in the woods of the Cumberland Monastery, and learn the interesting history surrounding the Monastery property. Join us for one of 2 starting times for this hike: 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm. We’ll make stops along the way to see the historical Nine Men’s Misery monument, and the Monk’s quarry. Open to all ages; most appropriate for ages 6 and up. Please bring insect repellant, water and be sure to wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes. Bathroom facilities are available. Please note that the trail is not categorized as handicapped accessible. Rain date: Saturday, 8/11. Check Rhode Island Land Trust Days facebook for updates. Learn more about the Cumberland Land Trust here. Learn more about RI Land Trust Days here.
Proof of visit: Event staff will supply stickers.
Saturday, August 11: 10:00 am to Noon
Great Outdoors Pursuit Grand Finale, Blackstone Valley State Park Visitor Center in Lincoln
NEW LOCATION! Due to forecasted inclement weather, the Great Outdoors Pursuit finale will be moved from Lincoln Woods State Park to an indoor space at the Blackstone Valley State Park Visitor Center on Route 295N in Lincoln.(Directions)

Bring your passport to the grand finale and earn your rewards. The event will feature refreshments, an appearance by Smokey Bear, a Mastery Martial Arts demonstration, the Narragansett Countil of the Boy Scouts of America inflatable archery range, and of course, our grand prize raffles.

The prize raffels will take place starting at 11:30 AM. Please be sure to bring you 2018 passport. The number of passport stamps you collected will determine the number of raffle tickets you will receive for chance to win one of our grand prizes. You MUST present your passport to receive raffle tickets and you must be present to win.

Please RSVP to the finale. The RSVP will ask you to estimate the number of passport stamps you will have collected for the season. Please note that only registered participants are eligible for raffle prizes.

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 one 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 one 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 one sticker can be obtained from visiting RI DEM sponsored farmers markets).

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