Celebrate summer and try something new outdoors with nature-based programs from the DEM Division of Fish and Wildlife


PROVIDENCE, RI – Long days, warm weather and outdoor fun are on the horizon. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Fish and Wildlife Division will be hosting many fun, nature-focused educational programs this summer. From days of clam fishing and fly tying to bird walks and bat counting, there’s something for everyone. Join the Aquatic Resource Education, Hunter Education, and Wildlife Awareness staff to learn more about Rhode Island’s fish and wildlife resources or try a new skill outdoors this summer!

Most of the programs offered are free and suitable for families. Visit our website for a complete list of up-to-date programs. A list of programs and registration information is listed below:


Freshwater Fly Fishing Program (Ages: 10+, parent/guardian required for participants under 18): Have you ever wanted to try fly fishing? Join us for a fun morning of teaching fly casting, fly tying, basic entomology and trout fishing in the freshly stocked Addieville Pond! Lunch will be provided. Date: Saturday, June 4 Location: Addieville East Farm, Mapleville Time: 9:00 a.m. Registration: Email [email protected] or call 401-539-0039 Cost: A $15 per person fee for lunch. Checks should be made payable to Roch’s Market

Come clam with me (All ages): The Aquatic Resources Education program invites you to “Come clam with me!” Learn how to dig for clams, the equipment you need, and the management strategies that have kept Rhode Island in the quahogging industry for so long. Jody King, a lifelong quahogger, will teach people of all ages the ins and outs of recreational clam fishing. Dates and places:

o Thursday June 16, 1-4pm – North Kingstown Town Beach

o Wednesday July 13, 12pm-3pm – Colt State Park

o Friday, July 15, 1-4 p.m. – Rocky Point State Park

o Thursday August 11, 12pm-3pm – Colt State Park

o Monday, August 29, 2:00-5:00 p.m. – Rocky Point State Park

o Saturday September 10, 12pm-3pm – North Kingstown Town Beach

Registration: Email [email protected] Cost: $5 per person for registrants 8 years and older.

Summer fly tying (ages: 10+, parent/guardian required for participants under 18): Cool off at the library and learn the art of fly tying! You will learn how to make fun and creative fly fishing lures to try out on the water. All equipment will be provided and beginners are welcome. For any questions, contact [email protected] Date: Tuesday, July 19 Location: Jesse M. Smith Library, Harrisville Time: 6-8 p.m. Registration: Register here. No cost

HUNTER EDUCATION PROGRAMS 2-Day Land Navigation Course (ages: 10+, parent/guardian required for participants under 18): Join the Hunter Education staff and learn about land navigation, from compasses to topographic maps, as well as basic survival tips. The first day will consist of classroom learning and the second day you will be tested as you attempt to solve several terrain navigation problems using your new skills in the wild woods of the Arcadia Management Area. Date: Saturday July 23 and Sunday July 24 (must be present both days) Venue: DEM Division of Fish and Wildlife Outdoor Education Office, 1B Camp E-Hun-Tee Place, Exeter Time: 9am-5pm Registration: Register here . No cost


Birdwatching on the bike path (Ages: varies by date, see details below. Parent/guardian required for participants under 18.): Come join the Fish and Wildlife Division. DEM wildlife this summer for an exciting outdoor summer activity: birdwatching! Explore your local bike path on a leisurely ride to search for birds, learn about the species you find, and the RI Breeding Bird Atlas 2.0. No previous experience is necessary and binoculars will be provided.

Dates and places:

o Saturday June 18, Ten Mile River Greenway, Slater Park, Pawtucket (“Hatchling Birders” – Children 7 and under)

o Saturday, August 6, South County Bike Trail, Kingston Amtrak Station, West Kingston (“Fledgling Birders” – Adults)

Time: 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Registration:

o June 18: Register here.

o August 6: Register here.

No cost

Wildlife Solutions: Plant Vandals (Ages: Adults): Rabbits, Groundhogs, and Deer: These three creatures are the bane of many gardeners’ existence. Although these creatures may seem unmanageable, there are steps you can take to defend your garden. As frustrating as these fuzzy criminals can be, they are important to Rhode Island’s ecosystem, acting as valuable natural resources in our state. Join us to learn how to protect your garden and know the rules and regulations for hunting and trapping on private property. We will also highlight the New England Cottontail Project and Deer Program. Date: Tuesday, July 12 Location: Blended, virtual and in-person program at Harmony Library Time: 6-7:30 p.m. Registration: Register here. No cost

Summer Bat Night (ages: all ages, parent/guardian required for participants under 18): Gather the whole family and join the DEM Fish and Wildlife Division to participate in a bat colony count. mouse ! Sit back, relax and learn about Rhode Island’s unique bat species and the conservation work done to help these often misunderstood mammals. All participants are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs and make themselves comfortable while they count the flying bats – you could even win a bat house for your own home! Date: Thursday, July 7 Location: Carolina Trout Hatchery Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Registration: Register here. Without cost?

Wildlife Solutions: Nocturnal Nuisances (Ages: Adults): Coyotes, Foxes, and Fishermen: Nocturnal mammals are very poorly understood. Most of their scary actions are simply part of their life story and survival strategy. Still, these creatures can definitely become a nuisance, especially when they start hiding under bridges and dining in chicken coops. Learning why these creatures behave the way they do is key to finding a solution. Come find out what attracts these animals to your yard and how to make your property less hospitable. You’ll also learn about the discoveries made by the Narragansett Bay Coyote Study and what we’ve learned so far from Project Fisher’s collaboration with URI. Date: Tuesday, August 2 Location: Brownell Library Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Cost: Free

Pollinator and Plant Walk (Ages: 10+, parent/guardian required for participants under 18): Join us for a leisurely walk in search of bees and learn about pollination, native flowers and how to help bees in your backyard! We’ll be joined by Fish and Wildlife Division’s Pollinator Atlas entomologist Katie Burns, who will share her insights into these insects that bees can’t believe and how you can help with the latest investigation of DEM bumblebees. Now that’s something to buzz about! Date: Saturday, September 17 Location: Arcadia Management Area Time: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Registration: Register here. Without cost?

For more information on DEM programs and initiatives, visit www.dem.ri.gov. Follow DEM on Facebook, Twitter (@RhodeIslandDEM) or Instagram (@rhodeisland.dem) for timely updates.


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