Botanizing Walks & Hikes

Christmas fern, GGardner

Let’s go for a walk …

Walk with a group of people interested in learning and sharing their botanical knowledge of native plants and their habitats.

• For the 2019 season we are offering two different botanizing walk series.

• Specific details of each walk in all three series are posted on this page and our All Programs page about four to six weeks in advance.

• Walks are offered at no charge. A donation of $5.00 to $10.00 to support our programs would be appreciated.  Donate here.

There is no registration. Just come and enjoy as many of these experiences as you can!

(Sturdy footwear, clothing appropriate for the weather and for protection against sun exposure, tics and other insects as well as a sufficient supply of water and nourishment are a must for waking in nature!)

 To receive updated information, including weather related cancellations about walks in a particular walk series, sign up below for the mailing list associated with that series.  

(See article and images about the October 2018 First Thursday Walk)

Walk participants will be asked to sign a waiver at the beginning of each walk. To review this document go to RIWPS waiver


Dundery Brook Trail, Little Compton RI

Boardwalk at Dundery Brook Trail, Little Compton, RI

First Thursday Botanizing

• Eight walks, April through November

• On the first Thursday of each month a different expert guides participants in identifying plants.  Consideration is given to issues related to the plant communities at the site, especially those of particular interest to the guide and participants.

• Beginners to experts welcome.

• Walks are two hours, usually on easy to moderate terrain.

Plants & Their Places

• Four walks, May to August

• Doug McGrady, devotee of exploring the wilds of New England, seeking and documenting populations of rare plants, guides participants in identifying a wide the variety of plants at the site, with a particular focus on the rare and unusual.

• Some prior knowledge of plants is very helpful.

• Walks are typically four hours, usually on moderate terrain.  Forays during the walk searching for specific plants tend to be on more difficult terrain.

See our All Programs Page for a listing of all our programs including our botanizing walks.