2017 Great Outdoor Pursuit Schedule of Events

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Saturday, May 20
Kids to Park Day
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Blackstone Valley Visitor Center & Bike Path, Route 295 North, Lincoln
Bike, walk or rollerblade your way to good health along the Blackstone River. See DEM’s Great Outdoors Pursuit team behind the Route 295 Visitor Center for scavenger hunt instructions. Once you complete the scavenger hunt, you will receive a free RI Great Outdoors Pursuit lanyard to hold your passport. This event includes an approximate one mile walk on the bike path from the Visitor Center to the Kelly House and back. The walk to the Kelly House is downhill. The walk back to the Visitor Center is uphill. However, there are resting spots along the way.
Saturday, June 3
National Trails Day
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Come Birding With Me, George Washington Management Area, Chepachet
Join DEM’s Fish and Wildlife staff to explore the birds of Rhode Island. Your guide will give you your sticker at the end of the hike. UPDATE: All spaces for this event have been filled. To join the waitlist, please email us at RIGreatOutdoorPursuit@gmail.com
Saturday, June 3
Rx Hike, Browning Woods Trail
10:00 a.m.
Browning Woods Trail, South Kingstown
Join the South Kingstown Land Trust for an all ages hike in their largest land holding through 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 a new 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. Your guide will give you your sticker at the end of the hike. Visit South Kingstown Land Trust's website for more details. Directions: GPS coordinates are 41° 24.788' N - 71° 36.362' W.
Saturday, June 3
Park Rx Healthy Hike
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Park Rx Healthy Hike, Dr. John Champlin Glacier Park Trail, Westerly
Hit the trails for your health! Join the Westerly Land Trust for a family-friendly hike. The Park, also known as the Kettle Close Trailhead, is located at the intersection of Kettle Close & Newbury Drive in Westerly. The Westerly Land Trust guide will stamp your card at the end of the hike. Call, email or visit the WLT website for more information: (401) 315-2610, www.WesterlyLandTrust.org, or Education@WesterlyLandTrust.org..
Every Saturday Starting June 3 through August 5
Museum of Work & Culture Woonsocket Walking Tours
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Museum of Work & Culture Woonsocket Walking Tours
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 to make a reservation. Your tour guide will stamp your Passport.
Saturday, June 10
National Get Outdoors Day
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Lafayette Fish Hatchery Tours, 424 Hatchery Road, North Kingstown
Tours will run continuously from 10 a.m. to 2 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.
Sunday, June 11
2nd Sunday Hunts Mills Hike and Historic House Tour
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
2nd Sunday Hunts Mills Hike and Historic House Tour, Rumford
Join the Rhode Island Land Trust Council and partners for a historic Sowams themed walk along the Ten Mile River and a tour of the John Hunt House. This is an easy, relaxed pace hike that is good for beginners and kids. No reservation required. Dogs on leashes are also welcomed. A member of RILT will give you a Passport sticker after the hike. For more info and directions, visit their facebook event page.
Saturday, June 17
Introduction to Freshwater Fly Fishing
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Introduction to Freshwater Fly Fishing, Addieville East Farm, Mapleville
Join DEM’s Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Aquatic Resource Education program to learn the art and science of fly fishing: what you need, how to fly tie, how to cast and much more. The class includes an opportunity to fly fish a trout stocked pond. All supplies and lunch included. Families with children 10 and up welcome. Registration is required! $15.00/person made payable to Roch’s Market. For more information, please contact Kimberly Sullivan at 401-539-0019 or kimberly.sullivan@dem.ri.gov.
Saturday, June 18
All Ages Hike, Wahaneeta Preserve
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
All Ages Hike, Wahaneeta Preserve, Westerly
Join the Westerly Land Trust for a Father’s Day hike. This walk is a moderate level on trails that traverse streams, forests and a scenic pond with many bird nesting boxes. The Preserve is located on Moorehouse Road in Westerly. The Westerly Land Trust guide will stamp your card at the end of the hike. Call, email or visit the WLT website for more information: (401) 315-2610, www.WesterlyLandTrust.org, or Education@WesterlyLandTrust.org.
Saturday, June 24
Come Clam With Me
12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Come Clam With Me, Rocky Point State Park, Warwick
Local quahogger Jody King will teach 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. A pre-registration link will be sent to members and slots will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Participants must be registered for the 2016 Rhode Island Great Outdoors Pursuit. See a member of the Great Outdoors Pursuit team to collect your sticker.
Saturday, July 1
Rx Hike, Browning Woods Trail
10:00 a.m.
Browning Woods Trail, South Kingstown
Join the South Kingstown Land Trust for an all ages hike in their largest land holding through 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 a new 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. Your guide will give you your sticker at the end of the hike. Visit South Kingstown Land Trust's website for more details. Directions: GPS coordinates are 41° 24.788' N - 71° 36.362' W.
Saturday, July 1
Park Rx Healthy Hike
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Park Rx Healthy Hike, Dr. John Champlin Glacier Park Trail, Westerly
Hit the trails for your health! Join the Westerly Land Trust for a family-friendly hike. The Park, also known as the Kettle Close Trailhead, is located at the intersection of Kettle Close & Newbury Drive in Westerly. The Westerly Land Trust guide will stamp your card at the end of the hike. Call, email or visit the WLT website for more information: (401) 315-2610, www.WesterlyLandTrust.org, or Education@WesterlyLandTrust.org.
Saturday, July 22
Families In Nature Hike
11:00 a.m.
Families In Nature Hike, Pulaski State Park, 151 Pulaski Road, Glocester
Family friendly hike to explore the landscape and learn about the beavers that live in and around Peck Pond. Participants are encouraged to pack a picnic lunch and bring bathing suits. Your guide will give you your sticker at the end of the hike. Meet in the parking area near the beach.
Sunday, July 30
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 for more info.
Friday, August 4
5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Bioluminescence Night, Beavertail State Park, Jamestown
Join RI State Parks staff for a relaxing evening at one of Rhode Island’s most scenic state parks. The event will feature Beavertail Lighthouse Tower Tours (5-7 p.m.), an outdoor movie, stargazing and illumination jelly fish and sea creatures. See a member of the RI State Parks staff to collect your stamp.
Saturday, August 5
Come Birding With Me
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Come Birding With Me, Great Swamp Management Area, West Kingston
Join DEM’s Fish and Wildlife staff to explore the birds of Rhode Island and learn about habitat management. Space is limited and pre-registration will be required. A pre-registration link will be sent to members and slots will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Your guide will give you your sticker at the end of the hike. Meet at Great Swamp Management Area Headquarters, 277 Great Neck Road, West Kingston. Continue past the buildings on a dirt road until you see a large dirt parking lot near the red metal gate and kiosk.
Saturday, August 5
Rx Hike, Browning Woods Trail
10:00 a.m.
Browning Woods Trail, South Kingstown
Join the South Kingstown Land Trust for an all ages hike in their largest land holding through 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 a new 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. Your guide will give you your sticker at the end of the hike. Visit South Kingstown Land Trust's website for more details. Directions: GPS coordinates are 41° 24.788' N - 71° 36.362' W.
Saturday, August 12
RI Great Outdoors Pursuit Grand Finale, Rocky Point State Park, Warwick
Bring your passport to the grand finale and earn your rewards. You could also win some great prizes. Free overnight camping option for Great Outdoors Pursuit families. More details coming soon!

Places to visit on your own to earn passport stickers:

Save the Bay Shoreline Cleanups Join Save the Bay and help cleanup Rhode Island’s shoreline this summer! Volunteer in a cleanup between May 20th and August 12th. See the on-site coordinator at the end of the cleanup to collect your sticker. Visit the Save the Bay website for dates, locations, and registration.
Captain Wilbur Kelly House Museum Lincoln, RI – See the Park Ranger for your sticker
Beavertail State Park Aquarium Beavertail State Park, Jamestown – see the Park Naturalist for your sticker
Coggeshell Farm Colt State Park, Bristol – See the farm staff for your sticker. (Standard admission fees apply).
Fort Adams Tour Fort Adams State Park, Newport – Visit the Fort Adams Trust gift shop to receive 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.

Note: Events and schedules are subject to change. Please like us on Facebook and be the first to hear about updates.

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