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Environmental Education Center

The Audubon Environmental Education Center is a state-of-the-art natural history museum and aquarium offering many natural wonders to explore. Look inside a 33-foot life size Right Whale, discover life in a tide pool, observe Narragansett Bay 's marine life, visit a rare blue 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.


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.

Eleven years and still going strong!  Having celebrated its 10 year anniversary last summer, the Audubon Society of RI Environmental Education is not done exploring why nature matters.  This summer will be filled with activities for both young and old alike.  Crafts, creature features, discovery tables and sandy adventures are all just some of the activities offered throughout the summer that are free with admission and require no registration.  

Looking for something more?  Register for one of our family hikes to the wetland or shore, learn how to band a bird, hear a story under the stars or “cook” up a meal for the birds.

Looking for something for just the adults?  Take part in our “This Way to the Beach” lecture series, learn how to make chocolates or investigate the amazing world of bats.

The fun does to 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 10th and 11th. 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!

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