Welcome to our NEW walk series. We love our RIWPS walks, which are usually led by some expert botanist or ecologist, but this year are inviting RIWPS MEMBERS to “meet up” with us at a few selected places, to just enjoy a ramble with no leader at all. There’s a sense of camaraderie that comes of just sharing our observations. There is no registration, just come and enjoy.
Bring your hand lens and field guide, maybe a notebook for jotting down questions or a sketch or two. Bring a camera or mobile device to snap a few pictures and send them on, if you like, to email@example.com so we can post some of them. Our goal is to encourage sharing of photos via Instagram. We are looking for a volunteer who would enjoy setting up and managing a RIWPS Instagram. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our first walk takes us to Ben Utter Trail, in Exeter, RI. One of the gems of Arcadia, the trail starts at Plain Road, beneath towering white pines and red maples, and heads northwest along the Falls River. Spring ephemerals abound, including marsh marigold, wood anemone, dwarf ginseng, rue anemone, downy yellow violets, along with maidenhair and long beech ferns. In late May, we hope to see pink lady slippers, downy rattlesnake plantain, even checkered rattlesnake plantain and azaleas. The trail continues through sugar maple and beech, yellow birch, oaks and hickories all the way to the picturesque Stepstone Falls.
NOT YET A MEMBER? See our Membership page.
NOT SURE IF YOUR MEMBERSHIP IS CURRENT? Contact office@RIWPS.org
See our Botanizing Walks home page for important details about our walks.
Directions: From Ten Rod Road (Route 165) in Exeter, turn north onto Escoheag Hill Rd. Go 0 .9 miles and turn right (east) onto Plain Road at the park entrance. Bear left at the fork continuing on Plain Rd. Go 1.1 miles to the parking area at the Wood River Bridge.
SAVE THESE DATES FOR MORE BOTANIZING AFIELD:
JUNE 19, 10 a.m., Fort Nature Refuge, North Smithfield, RI. A rare chance to see native chestnut trees, and many wetland plants around the ponds.
AUG 14, 11 a.m., Myles Standish State Forest, Carver, MA. Miles of Pitch Pine/Scrub Oak forest, and dozens of coastal plain ponds, also known as kettle ponds.
SEPTEMBER 19, 10 a.m., Succotash Marsh/Potter Pond, in East Manunuck, RI. We’ll explore mostly the high marsh with its salt meadow grass, black rush and salt grass, as well saltmarsh aster, seaside goldenrod and groundsel tree.