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Audubon offers a broad array of programs, classes, camps, and special events throughout the year for people of all ages.  Families, retirees, school groups, scouts, garden clubs and many more enjoy discovering the natural world with Audubon.

Our Education Department works with schools and other groups-such as homeschoolers, scouts, seniors, garden clubs, and community centers, just to name a few-to cultivate awareness and stewardship of the natural environment.   We currently provide over 30,000 students and teachers a year with a comprehensive collection of environmental education programs and resources. These offerings include standard-based in-school programs, field explorations, nature stories, teacher workshops, a teacher resource library, and schoolyard habitat assistance.

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Do you have a nature trail or available green space in your schoolyard?  What better way for your students to learn nature and science than going outside and doing experiments first hand.  
The Audubon Society of Rhode Island's Teacher Resource Center offers a wide selection of services to help you incorporate environmental education into your classroom. 

There are many ways Audubon can enhance your student's learning experience while helping you meet the Rhode Island Grade Span Expectations as well as other state standards. 

The Audubon Society of Rhode Island has instituted a set of health guidelines for those attending our programs.
Scout leaders are you working on a badge or patch?  Need to fulfill a special requirement?  Let Audubon know your group’s particular needs and we can tailor a nature walk or program to meet your needs.

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.

The Audubon Society of Rhode Island provides a variety of nature programs around the state.  Bird walks, mushroom forays, lectures, wildflower identification, family friendly hikes, nature crafts, and so much more. 

CLICK HERE to see our calendar of events.

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The Maxwell Mays Wildlife Refuge contains over 295 acres of diverse wildlife habitat consisting of upland forests, wetlands, streams, ponds and open meadow. The 11-acre Carr Pond is at the center of the preserve. It is home to river otters as well as many types of birds, freshwater fish and aquatic invertebrates.  

Audubon has developed a self-guided interpretive nature trail with accompanying science lessons and activities for students, homeschoolers, and scouts in grades K-8. Teachers and scout leaders may download curriculum from the Audubon website at www.asri.org or simply scan the QR code below. The activities are designed to be hands-on, engaging, and inquiry based. They highlight specific natural features, flora and fauna found along the Carr Pond Trail. It is important to note that all of the outdoor classroom lessons have been developed to enhance and align with Rhode Island’s current science curriculum.  

The Maxwell Mays Interpretive Trail includes seven investigative sites, each clearly marked by a numbered post. The trailhead is located to the left of the parking area. Audubon encourages teachers, homeschoolers, scout leaders and others to use this free resource and actively engage in outdoor learning.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD INTERPRETIVE TRAIL GUIDE

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