The Land Trust Alliance is pleased to offer 10 field trips that will take place on Wednesday, September 17th and Thursday, September 18th. Local land conservation groups have planned these field trips specifically for Rally 2014 registrants to highlight Providence and the surrounding area.
Field trips fill up quickly, so register early
- All field trip participants must be 16 years or older
- All full-day trips include transportation, lunch and equipment rental (such as kayaks) if applicable
- All trips will take place rain or shine, although they will be canceled or significantly altered if weather conditions pose a safety risk
- Field trips are non-refundable if canceled or altered due to weather conditions
Wednesday, September 17th
FT01: Exploring the Heart of Aquidneck Island SOLD OUT
Hosted by Aquidneck Land Trust
7:30am – 5:45pm | $125
Discover Aquidneck Island while learning about community partnerships, sustainable agriculture, estate conservation and water quality. Enjoy a morning hike on the Sakonnet Greenway Trail followed by a visit to Sweet Berry Farm. We’ll explore the Sachuest Point Wildlife Refuge and enjoy more hiking with lunch on the beach. The day will end in Newport, RI with a guided historical tour of the estates of Bellevue Avenue followed by a wine and cheese reception at Ocean Cliff overlooking the bay.
FT02: Paddle and Hike the Borderlands SOLD OUT
Hosted by West Greenwich Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy – RI and the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association
8:00am – 4:00pm | $115
The Borderlands is a 200-square-mile area along the RI/CT border, comprising the largest unfragmented forest between Boston and Washington, DC. Learn about the coalition working to connect and buffer protected areas of the Borderlands. The cornerstone of this project is the 2,000-acre Tillinghast Pond Management Area, where we will embark on a two hour, 4.5-mile kayak trip on the upper Wood River followed by a two hour hike. During the hike, we will discuss hayfield management and timber harvesting. Participants should have some kayaking experience.
FT03: Natural Areas in a Cultural Capital SOLD OUT
Hosted by The Trust for Public Land, City of Providence and Providence Parks Partnership
8:30am – 3:30pm | $80
Take a tour of this little-known side of Providence- natural areas nestled side-by-side with a bustling renaissance city. Enjoy a morning bike ride along the Woonasquatucket River, highlighting the Woonasquatucket River Greenway and the benefits it provides to a predominantly immigrant neighborhood. Local leaders will tell the story behind the Greenway and will talk about the recovery of the river after years of neglect. Enjoy lunch in the botanical center at Roger Williams Park, where we will hear from the City of Providence on the history of the park and plans for the future. After lunch, naturalists will lead a walk on Neutaconkanut Hill with amazing views of the city.
FT04: Hike the Forests, Fields, and Shores of the Sakonnet SOLD OUT
Hosted by The Nature Conservancy - RI and Sakonnet Preservation Association
9:00am – 5:00pm | $85
The Sakonnet lies between two rivers and the ocean, and will provide a dramatic backdrop for two hikes. Learn about the partnership to protect and steward this landscape as well as trail building, habitat restoration, meadow management and educational programming as we visit Goosewing Beach and the Dundery Brook Trail. Pristine coastal pond, beach and dune environments await us at Goosewing Beach Preserve while Dundery Brook Trail connects meadow habitats and ponds with playing fields by means of a meandering boardwalk. Bring your bathing suit!
Thursday, September 18th
FT05: Kayak the Westport River SOLD OUT
Hosted by The Trustees of Reservations and Westport Land Conservation Trust
7:00am – 4:00pm | $160
The East and West Branches of the Westport River flow past farm fields and woodlands before joining and flowing into Buzzard’s Bay. Learn about the land protection efforts of The Trustees of Reservations and the Westport Land Conservation Trust while paddling the East Branch. This 4-8 mile trip is for all levels of paddlers. Explore Westport Town Farm and its colonial era farmstead and enjoy a picnic lunch at river’s edge at The Let Conservation Area. Finally, we’ll make landfall at the Westport Rivers Winery, where we’ll enjoy a wine tasting overlooking rolling vineyards.
FT06: Hiking, History and Local Cuisine of South County SOLD OUT
Hosted by South Kingstown Land Trust
7:30am – 4:45pm | $85
Start the day on the Jones Camp Trail while learning about the terminal moraine of the last ice age and the geological traces found throughout the Matunuck Hills. We’ll then visit an 18th century grist mill used to grind corn for the local settlers and taste jonnycakes made from the meal. Enjoy a Paella lunch at the South Kingstown Land Trust Barn. After lunch, choose between a stone wall restoration project or a self-guided geology hike, where the different stones in the walls are identified for you. Finally, enjoy wine and local oysters on the porch of the Barn.
FT07: From the Providential Ground Up – An Urban Renaissance!
Hosted by Burrillville Land Trust and Southside Community Land Trust
8:00am – 5:00pm | $90
Abandoned city land! Idle Industrial Revolution mills! Disconnected families struggling to create a sense of community. Providence is one bright star in this constellation of urban chaos. Learn about urban agriculture in your host city: from family gardens to distribution to a luncheon of local foods. Our tour includes an inner-city distribution facility with local food sales of $2.1million; an urban land trust converting abandoned land into 45 urban farms; and a housing authority promoting healthy food production. We will walk and use public transportation as we explore growing power from the ground up – an urban renaissance!
FT08: New Bedford: Revitalizing a Historic Harbor
Hosted by Buzzards Bay Coalition
8:30am – 5:00pm | $95
New Bedford, MA was once the center of the 19th-century whaling industry depicted in Moby Dick. Later, textile manufacturing thrived. Today it is America’s number one commercial fishing port. This trip will offer a guided exploration of efforts to restore nature and preserve the history of this city. Experts will introduce us to the environmental challenges of the harbor area and opportunities for cleanup and restoration. This will include a visit to the former Acushnet Sawmill where there has been a ten-fold increase in the river herring run. We’ll see a renovated textile mill, learn about efforts to develop a multiuse waterfront path and get a tour of the Buzzards Bay Center, site of a recent green renovation of a whaling era building. We’ll visit New Bedford’s National Historic Park where we will enjoy lunch and also explore the New Bedford Whaling Museum.
FT09: Get Shucked! An Edible Adventure in Aquaculture SOLD OUT
Hosted by Narrow River Land Trust and The Conservation Fund
9:00am – 4:00pm | $80
You’ve heard about farm-to-table but what about “pond-to-table? Learn about aquaculture and fisheries on a global scale and a local scale with a visit to the Matunuck Oyster Farm and Bar. This trip will include a boat ride to the seven acre shellfish farm in Potter’s Pond. Back on land, we will sit down to a delicious lunch of resident bivalves and locally sourced food most of which is gathered from a farm that is within sight of your table. The day will end with a walk on the beach.
FT10: Conserve Religious Lands and Forage for Wild Edibles
Hosted by Mass Audubon
1:00pm – 5:00pm | $25
In response to their Order’s commitment to “protect the integrity of creation,” The National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette conserved its 117 acres through a conservation collaborative. Learn about this religious lands conservation project, the Religious Lands Conservancy which facilitated it, and the creation of Mass Audubon’s Attleboro Springs Wildlife Sanctuary at La Salette. Next, tour the grounds and encounter edible wild plants and mushrooms with expert forager Russ Cohen and learn how to nibble on the landscape in a safe and environmentally responsible way. We’ll finish the trip with a stop at Bliss Bros. Ice Cream. This half-day trip does not include lunch.