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Program Update

Wednesday Morning Bird Walk for February 10th has been canceled due to weather

 Audubon Environmental Education Center

Winter Hours: Mon-Tue: Closed; Wed-Sat: Open 9:00am-5:00pm; Sun: Open 12:00pm-5:00pm  Except Holidays and Special Events




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holliser2.jpg The Audubon Environmental Education Center is a state-of-the-art natural history museum and aquarium offering many natural wonders to explore. See our habitat displays.  Look inside a 33-foot life size Right Whale, discover life in a tide pool, observe Narragansett Bay 's marine life, visit our rare blue lobster and orange lobster, or even explore a cornfield at night. The Center's interactive exhibits feature local habitats and offer many fun ways to enjoy nature.

Situated on the 28-acre McIntosh Wildlife Refuge, the Environmental Education Center has walking trails with a ¼ mile boardwalk that winds through fresh and saltwater marshes to a majestic view of Narragansett Bay. The refuge is along the East Bay Bike Path allowing bikers and walkers access to the refuge's natural beauty.

The Center offers guided tours, nature walks, special family programs and much more throughout the year. The facility and trails are handicapped accessible.

Winter Hours (starting October 18): Mon-Tue: Closed; Wed-Sat: Open 9:00am-5:00pm; Sun: Open 12:00pm-5:00pm Except Holidays and Special Events


Audubon offers a number of programs for pre-school and home-school children at the Environmental Education Center.

At our Environmental Education Center in Bristol, your party can explore and learn on an adventure through our 28-acre outdoor classroom that reaches the shores of the Narragansett Bay.

The 28 acres of land that is now the Claire D.
Nestled in open meadows on the shoreline of Narragansett Bay in scenic Bristol, Rhode Island the Audubon Society of Rhode Island's Environmental Education Center is a natural treasure.

One of Rhode Island 's most Unique Meeting Venues.

Discover why nature matters at the Audubon Society of Rhode Island Environmental Education Center! Summer 2016 will be filled with plenty of nature activities for both young and old alike.  Tidepool treks, wetland explorations, guided trail walks, buggy ice cream socials, and creature features are just some of the family activities offered throughout the summer.

Looking for something for adults?  Take part in our butterfly walk for seniors, learn how to band a bird, or relax one evening and enjoy a summer lecture. The breathtaking 28-acre wildlife refuge provides easy, winding walking trails to Narragansett Bay through fields, wetlands and marshes.

The fun does not stop after the summer is over! As September arrives, so do the owls, hawks, kestrels and falcons!  They’re coming to the Environmental Education Center for our famous Raptor Weekend event on September 10 & 11, 2016. Wildlife rehabilitators and experts from across the Northeast will be showcasing a wide variety of these extraordinary birds of prey at the largest raptor celebration in New England. Falcons, owls, vultures, and hawks will be featured in live flight demonstrations and educational programs for bird enthusiasts of all ages.  The day also includes games, lectures, and crafts for kids, food and more!

Watch our calendar for plenty of seasonal activities in October and November. When the snow arrives in December, it brings our special school break activities for kids, member double discount days in the gift shop and more!

Please refer to the events calendar for a list of activities, dates and times.  Please note many of the activities require registration. In fact, sometimes wonderful programs are cancelled because we all tend to wait until the last minute to register. Please register or call early to avoid disappointment that the program you wanted was canceled, perhaps unnecessarily. 

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