Events

  • Indian Music Flyer

    Sunday, Jul 14, 2019 @ 6:00 pm

    Indian Classical Music
    With Ajit Acharya, tabla, and Srinivas Reddy, sitar. At Blackstone Field, across from the Narragansett Boat Club (2 River Rd. aka River Dr., Providence, RI 02906). Bring a blanket! To register for the event please click here.   The classical music of India is an improvisatory art music tradition with roots in ancient philosophies and yogic practices.…
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  • Moonrise Nov 2019

    Monday, Nov 11, 2019 @ 4:00 pm

    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 or chairs, flashlights, and for the literary part of the program, please bring a copy of your favorite poem or short piece about…
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  • Art & Explor December

    Saturday, Dec 7, 2019 @ 10:00 am

    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 the Narragansett Boat Club (2 River Rd. aka River Dr., Providence, RI 02906). Part of the Art & Exploration at Blackstone Park series, with 15…
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  • Ducks 2Feb2020

    Sunday, Feb 16, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

    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, expert naturalist and ornithologist, will lead a walk along the river to spot and identify ducks. Children are welcome to walk with their parents.…
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  • BPC conifers 1-21

    Saturday, Jan 9, 2021 @ 10:00 am

    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 trees in your neighborhood. Join us for our next free family event, Cones and Conifers. Masks and registration required. Meet at Blackstone Field, across from the…
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  • Lichens BPC

    Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 @ 10:00 am

    I Like Lichen!
    In the distant past, an algae, a fungus, and a cyanobacteria (and rumor has it, a basidiomycetes) teamed up to form LICHEN!  Useful as wildlife food, habitat for micro-critters, industrial dyes, medicines, and more, you WANT these growing on your rocks and trees!  Brave the cold for our quick scavenger hunt. Masks and registration required. Meet…
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  • March of Frogs 2021

    Saturday, Mar 13, 2021 @ 10:00 am

    March of Frogs
    Make a frog or toad trading card while learning about RI's 11 species and how to protect them. Meet at Blackstone Field, across from the Narragansett Boat Club (2 River Drive, Providence, RI 02906). Masks, distancing and registration required. This event is part of our monthly “Art & Science in the Park” series with 15 Minute Field Trips, focusing…
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  • Looking Under Logs-page-001

    Saturday, Apr 10, 2021 @ 10:00 am

    Looking Under Logs
    Pill bugs, worms, salamanders, and more!  See who's hiding by the trails.  Make a compost "menu" for Blind Lemon Nightcrawler's "Compost Cafe”!  Meet at the Blackstone Park kiosk, by Parkside Road and East Orchard Avenue, Providence, RI 02906. Masks and registration required. This event is part of our monthly “Art & Science in the Park” series with 15 Minute Field Trips, focusing…
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  • BPC Seed Paper May 2021

    Saturday, May 8, 2021 @ 10:00 am

    Seed Paper
    Make your own flower seed paper to plant or to gift.  See what's in bloom for the pollinators!  Meet at Blackstone Field, across from the Narragansett Boat Club (2 River Drive, Providence, RI 02906). Masks and registration required. This event is part of our monthly “Art & Science in the Park” series with 15 Minute Field Trips, focusing on community…
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  • Animal Detectives 2021

    Saturday, Jun 12, 2021 @ 10:00 am

    Animal Detectives
    Look for animal homes, food remains, tracks, and scat with our fun scavenger hunt that helps you collect data you can then repeat at home. Meet at Blackstone Field, across from the Narragansett Boat Club (2 River Drive, Providence, RI 02906). Registration required. Masks and distancing strongly encouraged. This event is part of our monthly “Art &…
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  • Shoreline Walk 17Jul21

    Saturday, Jul 17, 2021 @ 9:00 am

    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 naturalist, environmental advocate, and wildlife videographer--see his work on the youtube channel Moshassuckcritters. Greg will discuss urban wildlife, the making of wildlife…
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  • Bug Hunt 2021

    Saturday, Aug 14, 2021 @ 10:00 am

    Bug Hunt
    Pollinators, decomposers, predators, and prey... See what you find!  We'll have bug catchers and hand lenses, guide books, and an "expert" to help you identify them.  Meet at Blackstone Field, across from the Narragansett Boat Club (2 River Drive, Providence, RI 02906). Registration required. Masks and distancing strongly encouraged. This event is part of our monthly…
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  • Birds of Blackstone Park - with Dan Berard
    Birds of Blackstone Park - with Dan Berard
    Birds of Blackstone Park - with Dan Berard

    Sunday, Aug 15, 2021 @ 7:00 am

    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 and visiting species. Meet at the Blackstone Park kiosk by Parkside Road. To register for the event please click here.
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  • Birds and Bugs of York Pond - with Dan Berard
    Birds and Bugs of York Pond - with Dan Berard
    Bird Bug Walk Aug 29 2021

    Sunday, Aug 29, 2021 @ 8:00 am

    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 creatures to visit the pond. Did you know that there are migrant butterflies and dragonflies that stop by York Pond during their travels?! We will…
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  • The Steampunk Seed Traveling Side Show
    The Steampunk Seed Traveling Side Show
    The Steampunk Seed Traveling Side Show
    The Steampunk Seed Traveling Side Show

    Saturday, Sep 11, 2021 @ 10:00 am

    The Steampunk Seed Traveling Side Show
    How do seeds get around?  Nature has come up with many ways!  Explore the pop up museum, make a seed spinner, and grab a packet to collect seeds from the wild.  Meet at Blackstone Field, across from the Narragansett Boat Club (2 River Drive, Providence, RI 02906). Registration required. Masks and distancing strongly encouraged. This event…
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  • A Shoreline Walk with Greg Gerritt
    Shoreline Walk 27Sep21

    Saturday, Sep 25, 2021 @ 10:00 am

    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 naturalist, environmental advocate, and wildlife videographer--see his work on the youtube channel Moshassuckcritters. Greg will discuss urban wildlife, the making of wildlife…
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  • Oct Mushrooms

    Saturday, Oct 9, 2021 @ 10:00 am

    Mysterious Mushrooms
    Learn about saprobes, parasites, and mycorrhizal mushrooms and search around the park.  Our "expert" will be available to i.d. text images.  Make your favorite find with clay!  (Do not collect any fungus from the park, please!)   Meet at the trail by Patterson Park, Patterson Street and Rhode Island Avenue, Providence, RI 02906. Registration required. Masks and distancing…
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  • Nov Leaf Creatures

    Saturday, Nov 13, 2021 @ 10:00 am

    Leaf Creatures
    Identify broadleaf trees and make a leaf rubbing or leaf creature!  Tour the pop up museum to learn how trees help us. Meet at Blackstone Field, across from the Narragansett Boat Club (2 River Drive, Providence, RI 02906). Registration required. Masks and distancing strongly encouraged. We will explore trees' role in mitigating the effects of climate change…
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  • RiverRide October 10 2021

    Sunday, Nov 14, 2021 @ 11:00 am

    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 wildlife living on, in and near it. Boat rides start at 11:00 am, 11:50 am , or 12:40 pm. Meet at the Narragansett Boat…
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  • Moonrise
    Moonrise Nov 2021

    Saturday, Nov 20, 2021 @ 5:00 pm

    Moonrise on the Seekonk
    Our popular annual event is back.  Join us to watch the full moon rise majestically over the Seekonk River with powerful binoculars. Look at the night sky and see the planets with R.I.’s amateur astronomers, the Skyscrapers.  Hear Joe’s Backyard Band play music that is out of this world! Bring picnics, blankets, family and friends. At Blackstone Field, across from the Narragansett Boat Club (2 River…
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  • Dec-winter-birds-e1625624937570

    Saturday, Dec 11, 2021 @ 10:00 am

    Winter Birds
    Learn about migrating and year-round woodland and water birds at the park and make a bird feeder and bird collage! Meet at Blackstone Field, across from the Narragansett Boat Club (2 River Drive, Providence, RI 02906). Registration required. Masks and distancing strongly encouraged. We will explore trees' role in mitigating the effects of climate change while identifying leaves…
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  • Calling back the light

    Sunday, Dec 19, 2021 @ 2:00 pm

    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 a family-friendly community event in collaboration with the Conservancy, local libraries, and schools, and with support from RI State Council of the Arts. …
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  • Animal Detectives Jan 2022

    Saturday, Jan 8, 2022 @ 2:00 pm

    Animal Detectives
    Learn how to track animals.  Look at skulls and skins and other animal evidence.  Then grab a clipboard with animal tracks and a scavenger hunt to look for clues around the park. Meet at Blackstone Field, across from the Narragansett Boat Club (2 River Drive, Providence, RI 02906). Masks, distancing and registration required. This event is part…
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  • Feb Winter Animals 2022

    Saturday, Feb 12, 2022 @ 2:00 pm

    Winter Animals
    The temperature is dropping and there might even be snow. What's an animal to do? Learn how animals adapt by changing color, building shelters, burrowing, hibernating, or even migrating. See if you can spot squirrel dreys, tree hollows, and more around the park. Meet at Blackstone Field, across from the Narragansett Boat Club (2 River…
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  • Ducks 2022

    Sunday, Mar 13, 2022 @ 2:00 pm

    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 your binoculars, spotting scopes, camera.  Dress warmly. To register please click here. The entire event is outdoors.  Masks are optional. Meet at Blackstone Field, across…
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  • March of Frogs 2022

    Sunday, Mar 20, 2022 @ 2:00 pm

    March of Frogs
    Update: due to expected inclement weather, March of Frogs is rescheduled for Sunday, March 20. Make a frog or toad trading card while learning about RI's 11 species and how to protect them.  Find out more ways you can protect water and the ecosystem while having fun and enjoying the park! Meet at Blackstone Field,…
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  • Apr Looking Under Logs 2022

    Saturday, Apr 9, 2022 @ 2:00 pm

    Looking Under Logs
    Learn about the "dirty jobs" of detritivores and how to compost at home, with Blind Lemon Nightcrawler, the deep underground jazz worm.  Make a compost menu and take a guided hike. Meet at the Blackstone Park kiosk, by Parkside Road and East Orchard Avenue, Providence, RI 02906. Masks, distancing and registration required. This event is part of our monthly…
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  • May 2022 BPC Seed Paper

    Saturday, May 14, 2022 @ 2:00 pm

    Seed Paper
    Spring is in the air!  Share the joy by making a special gift of recycled paper containing wildflower seeds that can be planted for pollinators! Meet at Blackstone Field, across from the Narragansett Boat Club (2 River Drive, Providence, RI 02906). Masks, distancing and registration required. This event is part of our monthly “Art & Science in…
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  • Shoreline Walk 5June22

    Sunday, Jun 5, 2022 @ 9:00 am

    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 naturalist, environmental advocate, and wildlife videographer--see his work on the youtube channel Moshassuckcritters. Greg will discuss urban wildlife, the making of wildlife videos, and…
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  • June Totally Turtles 2022

    Saturday, Jun 11, 2022 @ 2:00 pm

    Totally Turtles
    Create fun turtle art and learn how to prevent or mitigate water pollution with a quick game!  Check the ponds for painted and snapping turtles!  Meet at Blackstone Field, across from the Narragansett Boat Club (2 River Drive, Providence, RI 02906). Masks, distancing and registration required. This event is part of our monthly “Art & Science in…
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  • Van Leer 18Jun22

    Saturday, Jun 18, 2022 @ 6:00 pm

    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 variety of genres from funk to Avant Garde to straight-ahead swing. Whether at a banquet, farmer's market, or crowded restaurant, the Emmett Van…
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  • Jul Daring Dragonflies 2022

    Saturday, Jul 9, 2022 @ 2:00 pm

    Daring Dragonflies
    What can dragonflies and other macro invertebrates tell us about water quality? Find out and make a dragonfly from natural materials. Explore the park and look for dragonflies, ducks, turtles, and more. Watch out for poison ivy, ticks, and mosquitoes and maintain 6 ft. of space with your group and others. Meet at York Pond,…
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  • Paula Clare 9Jul22

    Saturday, Jul 9, 2022 @ 5:00 pm

    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 the Narragansett Boat Club (2 River Drive, Providence, RI 02906). To register for this event please click here.
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  • Indian Music Flyer 2022

    Sunday, Jul 10, 2022 @ 6:00 pm

    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 Classical fusion trio, featuring Vikaasa Ramdas—electric mandolin, Hirak Modi—harmonium and Ajit Acharya—tabla. Their pieces and performances showcase the meeting point of two rich…
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  • Aug Butterflies and Moths 2022

    Saturday, Aug 13, 2022 @ 2:00 pm

    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 pollinators along the “pollinator pathway”. At Blackstone Field, across from the Narragansett Boat Club (2 River Drive, Providence, RI 02906). Masks, distancing and registration strongly…
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  • Shoreline Walk 20Aug22

    Saturday, Aug 20, 2022 @ 9:00 am

    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 naturalist, environmental advocate, and wildlife videographer--see his work on the youtube channel Moshassuckcritters. Greg will discuss urban wildlife, the making of wildlife videos, and…
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  • Sept Seed Show 2022

    Saturday, Sep 10, 2022 @ 2:00 pm

    The Steampunk Seed Traveling Show
    Join us for a seed hunt and sort by travel ability.  See the amazing time-traveling seeds! New activity: we'll be making "seed mandalas" while learning how YOU can promote plant biodiversity. Meet at Blackstone Field, across from the Narragansett Boat Club (2 River Drive, Providence, RI 02906). Masks, distancing and registration strongly recommended. This event is part…
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    Saturday, Oct 1, 2022 @ 3:30 pm

    Park-Keeping
    Help remove invasive plants near York Pond. The work ranges from light to moderate intensity (no shoveling gravel this time!). Meet at the turnaround near the concrete dissipator. Please bring your own water, and wear closed-toe shoes. Long sleeves recommended. Tools needed: pointed shovel, hand weeder, clippers/loppers. We have gloves and tools available if you…
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  • Oct Mushrooms 2022

    Saturday, Oct 8, 2022 @ 2:00 pm

    Mysterious Mushrooms
    What's this fungus?  Learn about decomposers, parasites, and those that work with tree roots, helping them communicate and get more nutrition.  Mushroom collecting is not allowed, but but stay on the trails to see what you find!  We'll have laminated guides to borrow and Melissa on hand to identify photos sent by text.  Kids (and…
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  • Classical Indian Music Flyer 2022

    Saturday, Oct 8, 2022 @ 5:00 pm

    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 here. The classical music of India is an improvisatory art music tradition with roots in ancient philosophies and yogic practices. Today there are two…
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  • Moonrise Oct 2022

    Sunday, Oct 9, 2022 @ 5:30 pm

    Moonrise on the Seekonk
    Join us to watch the full moon rise majestically over the Seekonk River. Look at the night sky and see the planets with R.I.’s amateur astronomers, the Skyscrapers.  Hear Joe’s Backyard Band play music that is out of this world! Bring picnics, blankets, family and friends. To register please click here.  
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    Friday, Oct 14, 2022 @ 3:30 pm

    Daffodil Planting
    Last fall's pilot project was a resounding success, and Boulevard walkers enjoyed hundreds of cheerful daffodil blooms this spring.  With support from a generous donor, we are expanding the daffodil project and are again looking for volunteers to help plant bulbs this fall. Meet at the Blackstone Boulevard Trolley Shelter, near the intersection of Blackstone Boulevard…
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  • RiverRide 16Oct22

    Sunday, Oct 16, 2022 @ 11:00 am

    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 wildlife living on, in and near it. Boat rides start at 11:00 am, 11:50 am , or 12:40 pm. Meet at the Narragansett Boat…
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  • Nov leaves 2022

    Saturday, Nov 12, 2022 @ 2:00 pm

    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 nonperishable food for the RI Food Bank. Meet at Blackstone Field, across from the Narragansett Boat Club (2 River Drive, Providence, RI 02906)…
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  • RiverRide 13Nov22

    Sunday, Nov 13, 2022 @ 11:00 am

    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 wildlife living on, in and near it. Boat rides start at 11:00 am, 11:50 am , or 12:40 pm. Meet at the Narragansett Boat…
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    Saturday, Dec 10, 2022 @ 2:00 pm

    Winter Birds
    Bundle up and join us for a winter bird scavenger hunt!  Make a pine cone bird feeder and bird collage for some family fun! Meet at Blackstone Field, across from the Narragansett Boat Club (2 River Drive, Providence, RI 02906). Masks, distancing and registration strongly recommended. This event is part of our monthly “Art & Science in…
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