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  three different botanizing walk series. The Botanizers Afield Series is for RIWPS Members only as it is a benefit of membership.

• Specific details of each walk in all three series are posted 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!

We walk in the rain and snow. Should there be a rare cancellation, we will post this info on the page of the specific walk and will try to notify you if you are on the mailing list for that walk series.

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

Dundery Brook Trail, Little Compton RI

Boardwalk at Dundery Brook Trail, Little Compton, RI

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

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

Please also note: NOTE:  In State Management areas, during hunting season (the second Saturday in September to the last day of February and the third Saturday in April to the last day in May) hikers are required to wear 200 square inches of solid daylight fluorescent orange. Typically a hat is 200 square inches.  

Sign up for any of the walks series that are of interest to you so that in case of cancellation or changes in the walk we can notify you by e-mail (as well as post this information on the walk itself).  To receive e-mail notification of upcoming walks in any of these series also add your name to the General Interest mailing list.

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

• Three 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.


• Four walks (and maybe more!), May to September

• RIWPS members are invited to “meet up” with us at a few selected places to just enjoy a ramble with each other.

• There is no designated leader, rather the focus is on the camaraderie that comes from just sharing our observations.

• Walks are typically two hours.

• Bring your hand lens and field guide, maybe a notebook for jotting down questions or a sketch or two.

Botanizing Walks

There are no upcoming events at this time.

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