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Claire D. McIntosh Wildlife Refuge

Claire D. McIntosh Wildlife Refuge

at the Environmental Education Center, Bristol, RI

McIntosh Wildlife Refuge Trail Map

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A Brief History

Image The 25 acres of land that is now the Claire D. McIntosh Wildlife Refuge once belonged to the DesLauriers family, who were well known in Bristol in the early 1900s. At that time, most of the property was a family farm where corn and other crops were grown. Claire was the second of two children, born in 1915. She grew up in the family home at 1389 Hope Street, and also spent most of her adult life there (the house is still in its original location, but does not belong to ASRI). Claire's husband died long before she did and they had no children. A licensed practical nurse and a private duty nurse, Claire had a very strong love of animals and nature and at her death in 1992 left the 25 acres of family land to ASRI, hoping that others would enjoy its wildlife and natural beauty as much as she did during her lifetime. Her will also created the Norman A. DesLauriers memorial fund to endow the property. Norman, her only brother, was killed in action in WWII.

The property now is home to the award-winning Environmental Education Center, where educational and refuge programs are offered year-round. The fields, woods, wetlands and the boardwalk to the shore of Narragansett Bay present the visitor with a wide variety of habitats for nature study and observation.

Directions to McIntosh Wildlife Refuge at the Environmental Education Center


  • From Newport: Take the Mt. Hope Bridge to Rte. 114 North. Travel north on Hope Street (Rte. 114 north). Entrance is approximately 5 miles from the bridge, on the left, just before the Bristol/Warren town line.
  • From Providence: Take I-195 East to Exit 7 in East Providence. Go South on Rte. 114, through East Providence, Barrington, and Warren, to the Bristol town line. Entrance is on right, immediately after the Bristol/Warren town line.
  • From Fall River: Route 195 West to Exit 4 in Swansea. Go west on Rte. 103 to Rte. 136 south. Turn left onto Rte. 136 south to the stop light at tupel;o Street in Bristol. Bristol Toyota will be on your left. Turn right onto Tupelo. Follow to end, turn right onto Hope Street (Rte. 114 North). Entrance is approximately 0.5 mile on the left just before the Bristol/Warren line.
Using the Trails

Permitted (and encouraged!):

  • Hiking on the trails
  • Observing & learning about wildlife
  • Photography
  • Bird watching
  • Enjoying the area's natural ambience and solitude


Not permitted are:

  • Motorized vehicles
  • Horses or bicycles
  • Dogs and other pets
  • Hunting, fishing, trapping
  • Picnicking or camping
  • Littering
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Collecting plants or other natural objects
  • Geo-caching or Letterboxing

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