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,
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
WEN'S DAY, APRIL 23, 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want more information, please contact Wendy Fachon at 884-1559 or email@example.com. Netwalking programs are free of charge unless otherwise noted.
P.O. Box 2221
East Greenwich, RI 02818