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Get In Touch With Nature

Explore the natural wonder of the Ocean State


All Summer

Daily: Butterflies in Bloom is back at the Roger Williams Park Zoo for its final season. Step inside the zoo’s dazzling greenhouse and view hundreds of free-flying butterflies. Visit the exhibit for a fun and visual experience for the entire family. You can also experience the extraordinary two-humped creatures by partaking in the Camel Rides at Roger Williams Park Zoo. Ride them in a safe environment with experts to lead you around a track. Roger Williams Park, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence. 401-785-3510, rwpzoo.org


June 2: Appreciate the magic and wonder of nature as you watch horseshoe crabs coast along sandy shallows using moonlight and headlamps at the Horseshoe Crab Spawning Adventure. 25 Spray Rock Road, Westerly. 888-813-7862, weekapauginnevents.com

June 4, 11 & 18: Children ages 18 to 36 months can partake in hands-on crafts, songs and stories pertaining to nature at li’l Peeps from 9:45-10:45am. 1401 Hope Street, Bristol. 401-245-7500, asri.org.

June 5-7: Embark on a two-day, 44-mile journey that celebrates life while raising money for the Gloria Gemma Foundation at gloriDays. Walk by day, sleep under the stars in pink tents by night. Bristol. gloridays.kintera.org

June 6: Show off your paddling experience at the six-mile Great Swamp Paddle. Paddle through rushing waters from downtown Westerly to Pawcatuck. Take in the scenery of the river while participating in this rigorous race. 203 Arcadia Road, Hope Valley. 401-539-9017, wpwa.org

June 16: Get your feet wet while you go for a long walk on the beach, in search of horseshoe crabs. Discover and learn about horseshoe crabs with the whole family at the Family Horseshoe Crab Walk. Napatree Point, Westerly. 860-572-5955, mysticaquarium.org

June 19-21: Celebrate the art and beauty of flowers at the Preservation Society’s Annual Newport Flower Show. Colorful floral designs, garden displays, horticulture exhibits and a champagne and jazz brunch are just a few of this weekend’s highlights. Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. newportmansions.org

June 20: Spend the day touring over 35 gardens including the herb and kitchen gardens at Prescott Farm. Tour alongside Master Gardeners who provide gardening insight and knowledge while sampling authentic Rhode Island Johnnycakes. Prescott Farm, 2009 West Main Road, Middletown. 401-849-7300, newportrestoration.org

June 21: Witness Bird Banding where experts capture, band, measure and release songbirds to study their movements. 1401 Hope Street, Bristol. 401-245-7500, asri.org

June 23: Delve into the art of fly fishing with the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association at the learn to Fly Fish class. 203 Arcadia Road, 401-539-9017, wpwa.org


July 10-12: Gaze at beautiful winged wonders at the Wings & Wishes Butterfly exhibit, an extravagant event where over 700 exotic butterflies will be on exhibit for the public. Bring a camera for fabulous photo opportunities. Pleasant Acres Nursery, 130 Franklin Street, Westerly. 401-596-7761, westerlychamber.org

July 18: A day designed to raise awareness towards ocean and sun safety, the fifth annual Waterman Eco Challenge, is a family fun event filled with open paddle races, interactive lifesaving and sun awareness activities. Narragansett Town Beach, 39 Boston Neck Road, Narragansett. 401-789-1044, narragansett.gov


August 12-13: There is no better place than the Frosty Drew Observatory to view the Perseid Meteor Shower. Join astronomers and star-gazers to watch 60 meteors blaze across the sky every hour. Frosty Drew Observatory, 61 Park Lane, Charlestown. 401-364-9508, frostydrew.org

August 16: Witness Bird Banding where experts capture, band, measure and release songbirds to study their movements. 1401 Hope Street, Bristol. 401-245-7500, asri.org

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