September Nature Swap Quest

Sunday, September 17, 2017
2203 Boston Neck Road, North Kingstown, Rhode Island

The newest of The Nature Conservancy’s Rhode Island properties, King Preserve was opened to the public just last year. The site of a former Girl Scout Camp, the 161-acre property has hiking trails, a small beach by Narrow River, a grove of tall spruce trees, a small waterfall, and more. Join us for this 3.2 mile, moderately challenging hike. You can shorten your hike if necessary. Dogs are welcome, too, so long as they are leashed and you clean up after them. Archery hunting season starts September 15th, so please wear 200 inches of orange.

Also for this hike, an exciting opportunity!
You can earn 5,000 points at this hike 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. Find out more information here.

Click here for a map of the preserve.
Click here for a list of guidelines for hiking with kids.

Click here for directions or follow ours: From Route 1 North, take the exit for Route 138 East. Then, take your first exit for Route 1A. At the end of the exit ramp, turn right. Travel south to the parking lot on your right, about 0.8 miles across from Griffith Road. If you reach Casey Farm, you have gone too far. Please note: the parking lot is quite small so give yourself extra time to find a safe spot on the nearby roads. One option is to leave your car at the Park and Ride across from where you exit Route 138 onto Route 1A (next to Plum Point Bistro and Speedway Gas). This does entail a 0.8 mile walk to the parking lot.

Nature Play Grant:

For the fourth 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! If transportation support is needed, please contact Samantha Polon at (401) 785-3510 x353 for information about FREE RIPTA bus passes.

Each FNPD is also a Nature Swap “Quest” and allows participants to earn 5,000 bonus points in their accounts. Participants in the program bring in natural “found” items to collect points for swapping with items in their collection. To earn 5,000 points for this quest, bring a photo, drawing or natural item from your hike into the Nature Swap, located in Roger Williams Park Zoo’s Hasbro’s our Big Backyard, which is open 10-2, every day through September 31st, and 10-2 Friday to Monday starting October 1st.