March Quest This Weekend!!

March Nature Swap Quest!

Attend and Earn 5,000 Quest Points!!


Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 10am
OR Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 11am (notice the time is different)

Boston Neck Road (Route 1A), North Kingstown


Known to many simply as Rome Point, the Chafee Nature Preserve is one of the few natural spaces in RI that may be more popular in the colder months than any other season. Harbor seals migrate into this area in October and stay through the winter and spring.


This hike is 2.5 miles (round trip) and is moderately challenging for children. Hopefully we’ll catch a glimpse of some seals!


We will meet in the parking lot and start our hike at 10:00am (Saturday) or 11:00am (Sunday) sharp. Please give yourself plenty of time to find a parking spot and ready yourself for our hike. Usually I am not so strict about the time we start. However, the best time to view the seals is during low tide so we’ll want to start hiking and get to Rome Point as quickly as possible.


There may still be snow on the trails, so please dress appropriately! Bring plenty of snacks and water, as well as a picnic lunch and plan to stay awhile as Rome Point, where we’ll watch the seals, is a great place to explore and play. Also, if you have binoculars or a spotting scope, be sure to bring them along.


You can earn 5,000 points through the Zoo’s Nature Swap. Participants in the program bring in natural “found” items to collect points for swapping with items in their collection.


To earn 5,000 Nature Swap Quest Points you must:

  • Attend the FNPD at Rome Point in North Kingstown on either Saturday, March 5th at 10am or Sunday, March 6th at 11am
  • Bring some sort of photographic/journal book evidence that you attended the FNPD to the Nature Swap in the RWP Zoo’s Big Backyard children’s space. (Nature Swap hours are Friday through Monday, 10:00am–2:00pm).



Nature Play Grant

For the second year in a row, the Roger Williams Park Zoo was one of the recipients of a Nature Play grant, which was developed by the Children & Nature Network (C&NN) and the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) through a special gift from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund. This grant allows us to offer free nature based play experiences in various parks, playgrounds, preserves, and other properties that are off zoo grounds–but easy to get to! Each FNPD includes a series of structured and unstructured activities focused on a particular wildlife theme and you’ll have tons of family fun–outside–for an hour or so. Each FNPD is also a Nature Swap “Quest” and allows participants to earn 5,000 bonus points in their accounts. Learn more about the Zoo’s Nature Swap here.