Blacktone Parks Conservancy

Dedicated to the Preservation and Stewardship of Historic
Blackstone Park Conservation District and Boulevard.

Due to inclement weather, our Moss and Mushroom Walk has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 17th.

This year to complement our annual fungus search in Blackstone Park, we will also be looking at the different kinds of moss that grow in the park. Often overlooked or taken for granted, moss, like fungus,has a unique life story well worth leaning about. If it is too dry to find many mushrooms, we’ll focus our efforts on the modest moss! Nancy Nowak and Elena Riverstone, enthusiasts of these species, will lead the walk.

Mushroom walk Oct 17


Join us for Halloween activities, a woodland trail walk and sweet treats! We suggest wearing sturdy shoes and long pants or high socks as we may encounter mud, stairs, or poison ivy along the walk. Families are also encouraged to bring a flashlight. At Blackstone Field, across from the Narragansett Boat Club (2 River Road, […]

It’s Really About the Future

Sometimes a local college will send new freshmen to volunteer in the Blackstone parks. In September nearly 40 new RISD students arrived in two groups to figure out how to take materials found in the riverside park and build temporary enclosures that could be knocked down and later reassembled—sort of like stage sets. The Education […]

Green Team

The Green Team, organized by Groundwork Providence, was none the worse for wear after a wilting hot morning cutting back the invasive black swallowwort in the south section of the Blackstone Park Conservation District under the guidance of BPC volunteers Elena Riverstone and Martha Fraenkel.

How do you bring a little magic into a park? You invite creative, energetic students in, give them materials, direct them a little bit, and stand back! This recipe was at work this September 2nd and 3rd in Blackstone Park. Around 20 RISD students showed up, learned about the park and set to work creating […]

Enjoy a boat ride up the Seekonk River and learn about the fish, birds and other wildlife that live in, on, and near the river. This event is co-hosted by the Blackstone Parks Conservancy and Save the Bay. Board a boat at 10:00, 10:40 or 11:20. Seating is first come first serve so arrive early! Join us […]

The Department of Environmental Management, through a partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the RI Tree Council and the RI Nursery and Landscape Association, will be providing 1,000 free trees to Rhode Island homeowners this fall. The trees are part of a program to help Rhode Islanders save energy and reduce their […]

Late August, early September, last chance to savor the fruits of summer one more time before diving into autumn.    “No Mow” A few people have puzzled over three-foot-high stakes in the grassy areas by York Pond, and at Irving and Loring avenues, which say: “No Mow: Ecology Study.” In partnership with the Providence Parks Department, […]

We invite you to attend the family event “Moonrise on the Seekonk River.” This event is part of a series of free events offered by the Blackstone Parks Conservancy with support from the Partnership for Providence Parks and Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership. Join us on Saturday, August 29th, from 5 to 8pm: 5:00 – 6:30: […]

Mainly Good News

On the Boulevard By the end of June, after a dry spring, things were looking up on the Boulevard. A fresh mowing had left the grass looking greener and thicker than it had for some time. And trees that had been nearly stripped bare in May by winter moth caterpillars were sending out new leaves. […]