This series of casual morning walks
is a fun way for children and adults to make new friends and learn tidbits of Narragansett Bay history and ecology, while walking and exploring different trails near and around East Greenwich.  Private sector jobs relating to the environment will present many opportunities to lead Rhode Island’s economic growth over the next 30 years.  Through storytelling and investigative learning, this introduction to Human Ecology – our relationship with the environment - seeks to invoke a curiosity for the miracles of nature.  The goal is to increase our understanding about how we can responsibly preserve and nurture life in the surrounding bay area, without infringing on individual rights.
Each walk begins with a story to help to teach observational skills.

MONDAY, APRIL 21, 10-11:30am – Goddard Park, Potowomut
We will meet by the gazebo in the beach parking lot.
When Henry Russell took ownership of the farm  property defined by the Goddard Park area, the land needed help.  Wind had blown the good soil from the deforested fields and into the bay.  Mr. Russell solved the problem by raising thousands of seedlings to plant throughout the property to stop the erosion and replenish the soil.  He filled his pockets with acorns and walked around the grounds, punching holes in the soil with his cane, and planting the acorns.  He planted three acorns for each oak: one for the squirrels, one for the worms, and one to grow.  He also added many new tree species. Trees are the great guardians of our planet. Can you name ten ways trees help to protect and sustain our world?

We will study the magical qualities of trees and why trees are important to land and water conservation.  
Story: The Sycamore Tree
TUESDAY, APRIL 22, 10-11:30am – Scalloptown Park,
East Greenwich

Meet in Scalloptown parking lot by Greenwich Cove. 

The Maskerchugg River empties into the bay behind Scalloptown Park.  When you step out onto this beautiful bird sanctuary, it is hard to imagine it was once a landfill.  A path leads south across twelve acres of grasses, clover, and other wildflowers, with a panoramic view of the inner cove.  Two hundred years ago, before the cove filled in with silt from runoff, it served as a port for slave trading and industrial fishing.  We will learn how this period began to change coastal land use.
We will hunt for oyster, clam, mussel, and scallop shells along the shoreline, talk about how shellfish are important to the web of life. We will also see who can identify the most species of birds in the area.

Story: Nature Detectives

, 10-11:30am –Boesch Farm, E. Greenwich
Meet in the Land Trust parking lot, just before the farm driveway at 830 South Road.
This Land Trust property rests in a critical area of the Hunt River watershed and features the Scrabbletown Brook Trail and a working farm that raises free range chickens and grass fed beef.  Products of Boesch Farm are sold in the farm store and at local farmers markets.  The hike offers the opportunity to see many farm animals, including pigs, sheep, cows, chickens, and a couple of bee hives.
Using various maps, we will navigate a trail through the woods to the brook.  We will hunt for grass hoppers and investigate various activities in the area to learn about responsible land stewardship, environmental law, and organic farming methods. 

Story: Just Bee

THURS, APR. 24, 10-11:30am - Frenchtown Woods, E. Greenwich
Meet in the parking lot behind the Parks & Rec Building on Frenchtown Road, across from Frenchtown Elementary School
We will walk along the reservoir, learn about damns, and explore the remains of an old cotton mill.  We will also learn about the industrial revolution and learn the various ways this particular period of history affected our environment.
Story: Spin

FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 10-11:30am - Rome Point, North Kingstown
a.k.a. Chafee Nature Preserve. Meet in the preserve parking lot off Rte 1A.
This land was once owned by a rich Tory merchant, George Rome, who built a lavish mansion, presided over huge parties, and installed an extravagant garden. 
History hints that George Rome was a member of a royal spy network his story is connected to the first codebreaking in the American Revolution.  In 1776, his land was confiscated and sold to a judge.  Although the mansion is long gone, there are signs of evergreens and shrubs from his original garden.  The area was converted to farmland and remained so until 1953, when it was purchased by Narragansett Electric for projects that never materialized - namely a coal plant and later a nuclear power plant. 
We follow the woodland path to the beach to collect rocks, shells, and feathers.  We will walk around to explore the inlet, and we will learn to read the secret code of nature.  
Story: Look Up

Please bring your own water bottle or hot drink in a thermos.  Dress for the weather.  Hats, gloves, layers, and comfortable walking boots.  Practice tick bite prevention.

Family Fun Nature Netwalks are sponsored by the Biomes Center. These field programs are FREE of charge.  All we ask is that you take a serious interest in bay area stewardship and learn what you can do to assist us in taking care of the plants and wildlife.  Weather updates will appear on our NETWALKING facebook page.  Please contact Wendy to sign up for these outdoor programs – 884-8505 or

Schedule TBD - Participants will learn networking skills while exploring various career opportunities in Human Ecology, Education, Health, and related fields, including Finance and Economic Development.  Private sector jobs relating to the environment will present many opportunities to lead Rhode Island’s economic growth over the next 30 years.  By sharing stories, interests, knowledge, ideas, and personal contacts, we will engage ourselves in working together to improve the world in which we live.

Each session will begin with personal introductions and the sharing of brief stories to help to teach various approaches to networking.
Facilitator: Wendy Fachon, MBA, Certified in RIPQA for Youth Work.  Over a span of 35 years, Wendy has held positions of high responsibility in publishing, financial services, manufacturing, sales, and marketing.  She has built her own extensive web of personal connections through involvement in various industries and numerous networking associations.

If you want more information, please contact Wendy Fachon at 884-1559 or Netwalking programs are free of charge unless otherwise noted.


Wendy offers afterschool enrichment program training for facilitators working with all ages.  The concept of a "Walking Classroom" promotes experiential learning, which gives context to the standard learning that happens during the school day, and therefore strengthens academic engagement.

STORYWALKER (Ages 5-12) is supported with audio material for children learning to read and master the basics of math.
Older elementary ages focus on developing communication skills - conversation, interviewing, creative writing, and social media.  In this program, students participate in a few presentations given by business owners

NETWALKING (12+) is about connecting career professionals with potential interns.  It can also be used as a no-cost casual approach to improve a company's internal communications, creative problem solving,  employee morale, and overall corporate wellness.    Please contact us for assistance in scheduling and organizing a local Netwalking event leadership training.

This is a prime opportunity for students to develop networking and interviewing skills.

P.O. Box 2221
East Greenwich, RI  02818


If your business, town, club, or organiza- tion has scheduled a special hike or fundraising walk, please let us know, so that we can help publicize the event and/or the cause here on our calendar.  You can also share news and events with other Netwalkers on our facebook wall or tweet to us on twitter (using #netwalkri hash tag) and provide a link. 
If you love to walk and you love to meet people, come visit period-
ically to find out about all the various fundraising walks and runs sponsored by Rhode Island's local health and education organizations.  These groups need our support, and it's a great way to network.

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