February Nature Swap Quest: Exploring Rhode Island

February Nature Swap Quest: Exploring Rhode Island

For this month's quest, swappers will explore Rhode Island by visiting sites around the state during February School Vacation Week.

  1. Visit Roger Williams Park Zoo! We are open 10am-4pm every day during vacation week. Stop by in the Big Backyard for bonus quest points.
  2. Join Westerly Land Trust for a family-friendly walk through Dr. John Champlin Glacier Park, February 26th from 2-3pm. The preserve’s terrain was created by the last ice age as enormous glaciers carved the landscape, leaving kettle ponds, kettle holes and huge boulders along the way. Visit http://westerlylandtrust.org/?tribe_events=all-ages-hike-through-the-ice-age-2 for more information.
  3. Join Audubon Society of Rhode Island’s February Vacation Nature Explorations at the Environmental Education Center, located at 1401 Hope Street in Bristol.  Meet up with cool critters, dissect a squid, go on a swamp stomp and more!  Activities are free with admission.  Topics and times are listed at www.asri.org.
  4. On Tuesday, February 21st at 12:30 p.m., join Glocester DEM's Divisions of Forest Environment and Law Enforcement at The George Washington Management Area, 2185 Putnam Pike, for a guided hike. The  hike will depart from the campground cabin located within the George Washington Campground on Putnam Pike. The cabin is located ¼ mile beyond the Campground entrance on the left, overlooking Bowdish Reservoir. For more information, visit www.dem.ri.gov.
  5. From 10am-4pm, February 21-26, learn about tapping maple trees at Coggeshall Farm. Maple Sugaring is a decade-long tradition at Coggeshall and the first major event of the year.  This event is included in normal admission prices and is free for Coggeshall Members. For more information about Maple Sugaring, please contact Eleanor at e.langham@coggeshallfarm.org.
  6. Spend time outside anywhere! Whether you live in Rhode island, or somewhere else in New England, take a hike, have a picnic, or just explore!

To earn 5,000 points, bring a photo or drawing of your experience at any of the listed activities, and write a few sentences on what you learned from being outside during the week.

As a reminder, quests can be submitted anytime-not just during the month they are sent out.

Happy exploring!