THIS WALK HAS BEEN CANCELLED. THE PONDS ARE FULL TO THE BRIM, LEAVING NO SHORE AREA FOR EXPLORATION. We will try again next year!
The Matunuck Hills area of South Kingstown is part of the glacial moraine where the mounds and kettles form a scalloped landscape. Many of the kettles hold small ponds. These ponds are groundwater fed with water levels that fluctuate with the seasons. They typically fill up in the winter and drop considerably in the summer. The exposed sandy shoreline is a rare habitat that sprouts a unique assemblage of plants. Some years are better than others, depending on the water levels. We’ll spend 3-4 hours exploring Long Pond and Spectacle Pond on Nature Conservancy property.
This walk is a part of our Plants & Their Places Series. See our Botanizing Walks home page for important details about these walks and other types of walks that we offer.
Parking: Parking is limited so we will meet off site and car pool. Meet at side track on the north edge of RI-1 (Commodore Perry Hwy) beside the Robert Beverly Hale Library, 2601 Commodore Perry Hwy, South Kingstown, RI. This side track serves as a driveway to the library and is less than a ¼ of a mile long. Do not park in front of the library, but a little further east. (On your phone map, head to 41.39810, -71.54761)
(NOTE: If your route to this walk takes you over the Newport Bridge, please know that it is reduced to one lane each direction from August 12 until some time in December. Speed limit will be reduced. There may or may not be delays. Details at http://www.ritba.org)
Contact: Doug McGrady email@example.com, 401-935-5367