Events

  • EarthDay2018
    Earth Day Spring Cleaning in Blackstone Park
    Meet us at the Parkside entrance to Blackstone Park for a spring renewal in our park to celebrate, from 1:30 to 3pm on Saturday, April 28th.  To spread mulch, fix fencing and signage,…
    More Saturday, Apr 28, 2018 @ 1:30 pm
  • A Mindful Ramble September 23 2018
    A Mindful Ramble
    Enjoy the first full day of fall with an unhurried, 90-minute stroll around the woods and waters of Blackstone Park. Hear, see and smell the forest, ridge and bay. Discover nature, while experiencing…
    More Sunday, Sep 23, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
  • Bird Walk 2019
    Birding Walk
    We will explore Blackstone Park under expert guidance in search of songbirds and other spring arrivals.  Possibilities include warblers, vireos, tanagers, grosbeaks and flycatchers. Bring your binoculars, comfortable shoes, and questions as we learn…
    More Sunday, Jun 2, 2019 @ 8:00 am
  • Moonrise Nov 2019
    MoonRise on the Seekonk
    Join us to watch the full moon rise majestically over the Seekonk River. See the moon and other visible planets through high-powered telescopes as we savor the fall evening.  Bring a blanket…
    More Monday, Nov 11, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
  • Art & Explor December
    Winter Birds
    Learn about winter bird migration and create a cardinal collage in the style of Charley Harper, make a bird feeder, and look for winter birds including ducks. At Blackstone Field, across from…
    More Saturday, Dec 7, 2019 @ 10:00 am
  • Ducks 2Feb2020
    Winter Duck Walk with Dan Berard
    You may have recently noticed lively black and white ducks diving into the Seekonk. They are just one of the many ducks that spend the winter in our home waters.  Dan Berard,…
    More Sunday, Feb 16, 2020 @ 2:00 pm
  • Aug 2020-Sounds of Summer
    Join the Insect Orchestra!
    Buzz, whir, click, chirp! It's summer, and the trees, fields, and warm nights are full of sounds! They sound like machinery, but they're actually insects! Learn how insects make sounds, then make…
    More Saturday, Aug 15, 2020 @ 10:00 am
  • BPC conifers 1-21
    Cones and Conifers
    They're not just pine trees?  Learn how to identify different types of conifers and draw cones and needles.  Many are essential to wildlife for food and habitat.  Use the online infographic to identify…
    More Saturday, Jan 9, 2021 @ 10:00 am
  • Birds of Blackstone Park - with Dan Berard
    Birds of Blackstone Park - with Dan Berard
    Birds of Blackstone Park - with Dan Berard
    Birds of Blackstone Park – with Dan Berard
    Join us for a guided walk with Dan Berard, expert naturalist and ornithologist.  We will explore the park in search of nesting birds and migrants and discover how the park benefits local…
    More Sunday, Aug 15, 2021 @ 7:00 am
  • Birds and Bugs of York Pond - with Dan Berard
    Birds and Bugs of York Pond - with Dan Berard
    Bird Bug Walk Aug 29 2021
    Birds and Bugs of York Pond – with Dan Berard
    York Pond is home to several species of birds, including those that nest here and some that visit to take advantage of the abundance of food. But birds aren’t the only flying…
    More Sunday, Aug 29, 2021 @ 8:00 am
  • Calling back the light
    Calling Back the Light
    If you’ve walked in Blackstone Park in the last year-plus, you may have noticed whimsical and eye-catching works created by nature/environmental artist Pam Steager with the Conservancy’s approval. Now Pam is planning…
    More Sunday, Dec 19, 2021 @ 2:00 pm
  • Ducks 2022
    Winter Duck Walk with Dan Berard
    Dan Berard, expert naturalist and ornithologist, will lead a walk along the river to spot and identify ducks. Children are welcome to walk with their parents. There will be hot chocolate and free coloring books at the Boat Club. Bring…
    More Sunday, Mar 13, 2022 @ 2:00 pm
  • Van Leer 18Jun22
    Emmett Van Leer Jazz Collective
    The Emmett Van Leer Jazz Collective is a group of college-age musicians attending some of the top music schools in the country. Started in Providence RI in 2019, the group plays a…
    More Saturday, Jun 18, 2022 @ 6:00 pm
  • Paula Clare 9Jul22
    Paula Clare – Special Edition
    Performing jazz standards and telling the stories that go with them. Featuring Joe Parillo - piano, Rick Couto - drums, Wendy Klein - flute, Joe Potenza - bass. At Blackstone Field, across from…
    More Saturday, Jul 9, 2022 @ 5:00 pm
  • Indian Music Flyer 2022
    Indian Music – with The Murky Clouds
    At Blackstone Field, across from the Narragansett Boat Club (2 River Drive, Providence, RI 02906). Bring a blanket! To register for the event please click here. The Murky Clouds is a three-piece Indian…
    More Sunday, Jul 10, 2022 @ 6:00 pm
  • Aug Butterflies and Moths 2022
    Butterflies and Moths
    Learn about pollination, migration, host plants, and the survival skills of local butterflies and moths. Make an origami moth or butterfly or design a caterpillar for our “caterpillar runway”.  Explore the native…
    More Saturday, Aug 13, 2022 @ 2:00 pm
  • Shoreline Walk 20Aug22
    A Shoreline Walk with Greg Gerritt
    Come for a walk along the Seekonk shoreline, beginning at the Blackstone Park kiosk on Parkside Road proceeding through the park, along the Seekonk shore and returning to the kiosk. Greg is a noted urban…
    More Saturday, Aug 20, 2022 @ 9:00 am
  • Classical Indian Music Flyer 2022
    Classical Indian Music
    With Ajit Acharya, tabla, and Srinivas Reddy, sitar. At Blackstone Field, across from the Narragansett Boat Club (2 River Drive, Providence, RI 02906). Bring a blanket! To register for the event please click…
    More Saturday, Oct 8, 2022 @ 5:00 pm
  • Moonrise Oct 2022
    Moonrise on the Seekonk
    Watch the Hunter's Moon rise majestically over the Seekonk River. Observe the night sky with powerful binoculars. Gaze at the planets through telescopes with R.I.’s amateur astronomers, the Skyscrapers. Hear music that…
    More Sunday, Oct 9, 2022 @ 5:30 pm
  • Daffodils Oct 2022
    Daffodil Planting
    Last fall’s daffodil planting pilot project was a resounding success. Boulevard walkers hundreds of cheerful daffodil blooms this spring.  With support from a generous donor, we are expanding the daffodil project and are…
    More Friday, Oct 14, 2022 @ 3:30 pm
  • RiverRide 16Oct22
    RiverRide on the Seekonk
    Board a boat for a guided boat tour of the Seekonk River and shore. See Providence and East Providence from a different point of view and learn about the river and the…
    More Sunday, Oct 16, 2022 @ 11:00 am
  • 1-Jan Lichens BPC 2023
    Lichens and Likable Creatures
    Did you know lichens are a pioneer species and can teach us about air quality and climate change?  Go on a scavenger hunt for shrubby, leafy, and crusty lichens, see how some…
    More Saturday, Jan 14, 2023 @ 2:00 pm
  • 2-Feb Winter Animals 2023
    Winter Animals: Animal Adaptations
    Rhode Island has some clever animals, from hibernating groundhogs, ptarmigan "snowshoe" feet and burrows, migrating snowy owls, and more.  Match animals with their adaptations and look for evidence of animals around the…
    More Saturday, Feb 11, 2023 @ 2:00 pm
  • 3-March-March of Frogs 2023
    March of Frogs
    Learn to identify frogs and toads by their call and get involved with FrogWatch while making clay frogs and slime! Meet at Blackstone Field, across from the Narragansett Boat Club (2 River…
    More Saturday, Mar 11, 2023 @ 2:00 pm
  • 4-Apr Looking Under Logs 2023
    Looking Under Logs/Compost Critters
    Follow Blind-Lemon Nightcrawler, the deep underground jazz worm, as we look for worms, pill bugs, and more and learn about compost options around Providence.  Special guests and a life-size Candyland game for…
    More Saturday, Apr 8, 2023 @ 2:00 pm
  • 5-May Pollinator Pathways 2023
    Pollinator Pathways and Guerilla Gardening
    Make simple origami moths, butterflies, and bees while learning about native host and nectar plants.  Make seed bombs to spread at the base of trees, along roads, or plant at home! Meet…
    More Saturday, May 13, 2023 @ 2:00 pm
  • 6-June Baby Birds 2023
    Baby Birds and Bunnies
    What does it take to raise young birds and bunnies?  Build a nest for your "eggs" and play a food relay game to feed them.  Learn how to help birds get more…
    More Saturday, Jun 10, 2023 @ 2:00 pm
  • 7-Jul Totally Turtles 2023
    Terrific Turtles
    Do you know about "Plastic-Free July"?  Plastic harms many aquatic animals and only 5-6% gets recycled in the U.S.  Learn how to reduce your plastic use and about wetland ecosystems while making…
    More Saturday, Jul 8, 2023 @ 2:00 pm
  • 8-Aug Daring Dragonflies 2023
    Daring Dragonflies
    Look for dragonflies near York Pond and make a dragonfly from natural materials.  Learn how to reduce pollution and storm-water runoff as we play a game following "Bob" making mistakes all over…
    More Saturday, Aug 12, 2023 @ 2:00 pm
  • 9-Sep Animal Detectives 2023
    Animal Detectives
    Look for tracks, scat, homes, and food remains with a fun scavenger hunt.  Learn about RI's six squirrel species and how each is adapted to this area.  Explore our table of furs,…
    More Saturday, Sep 9, 2023 @ 2:00 pm
  • 10-Mushrooms Oct 2023
    Mysterious Mushrooms
    Our best-attended program!  Learn how fun fungi are and their roles in the environment.  We will make mushrooms out of clay and take a short guided hike. Meet at Patterson Park, Patterson St.…
    More Saturday, Oct 14, 2023 @ 2:00 pm
  • Moonrise Oct 2023
    Moonrise on the Seekonk
    THIS IS A 2023 EVENT! Watch the Hunter's Moon rise majestically over the Seekonk River. Observe the night sky with powerful binoculars. Gaze at the planets through telescopes with R.I.’s amateur astronomers,…
    More Saturday, Oct 28, 2023 @ 5:00 pm
  • 11- Leaf Nov 2023
    Leaf Creatures
    Take a magical journey collecting leaves and identifying broadleaf trees and their role in mitigating climate change! Make leaf rubbings and leaf creatures and have great outdoor fun! We’ll also be collecting…
    More Saturday, Nov 11, 2023 @ 2:00 pm
  • 12-Winter Birds Dec 2023
    Winter Birds
    Make a bird collage and cone feeder.  Learn to identify different seed-eating birds and Project FeederWatch.  Look for seedeaters, raptors, and ducks along the Seekonk River. Meet at Blackstone Field, across from…
    More Saturday, Dec 9, 2023 @ 2:00 pm

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