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Botanizers Afield, Fort Nature Refuge (for RIWPS Members)

June 19, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Hay scented fern, photo GPlunkett

For our second members-only meet-up, we will explore the Fort Nature Refuge,  a 235-acre Audubon property in North Smithfield featuring three ponds and loop trails that wind through a typical southern New England landscape of deciduous forest and wetlands. The refuge is home to a rich variety of wildlife, including beaver, otter, turtles, barred owls, pine warblers and scarlet tanagers. We can look forward to sharpening our skills at ID-ing club mosses, ferns, understory shrubs and wetland plants.

Bring a hand lens and your favorite reference books and  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 communications@riwps.org so we can post some of them. Our long term 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 communications@riwps.org.

Check out what happened on the first walk in May!

Directions to the Refuge, 1445 Providence Pike (RI Route 5) below. Downloadable Fort Refuge Trail Map

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 this walk series and our other walks.

From I-95 N, exit left onto I-295 N towards Woonsocket.
• After 15.2 miles, take Exit 15 B to merge onto RI-7 N towards North Smithfield.
• After 2.2 miles, bear right onto RI-5 (Providence Pike).
• Continue on Route 5 for 2.3 miles. 
• The entrance to the refuge will be on your left shortly after you pass through the intersection with RI-104. Look for the fire station; the refuge entrance is almost immediately across from it.
• Proceed straight ahead on the dirt road to the parking area, which will be on your right. 
• If heavy rain has flooded the parking area, you may have to park along the entrance road. Try to pull off to the side as much as possible.
• We will meet at the parking area.
Directions from RI-146 N
• Take the RI-104  exit (Downtown Woonsocket).
• Turn right onto RI-104 S (Greenville Road)
• After 1.9 miles, turn right onto RI-5 N (Providence Pike).
• The entrance to the refuge will be on your left almost immediately after you pass the fire station.
• Proceed straight ahead on the dirt road to the parking area, which will be on your right. 
• If heavy rain has flooded the parking area, you may have to park along the entrance road. Try to pull off to the side as much as possible.•
We will meet at the parking area.

Details

Date:
June 19, 2019
Time:
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Details

Date:
June 19, 2019
Time:
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Event Categories:
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