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Published March 13, 2020
Updated June 1, 2021

COVID-19 Updates

June 1, 2021 UPDATE:

  • The Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium is open daily from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm (trails and grounds are open from dawn to dusk.)
  • Audubon Society of RI members and guests who are over the age of 12 years old and fully vaccinated are not required to wear masks or maintain social distancing when participating in Audubon programming or visiting an Audubon facility. However, those who have not been fully vaccinated and children between 2-12 years old, are required to continue to wear masks indoors and when participating in Audubon programming. When visiting, you may see some staff members and volunteers choosing to wear a mask. This a personal decision made by each of them individually.

Actions We Are Taking in Response to COVID-19

A Message from Lawrence Taft

The Audubon Society of Rhode Island is actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation for the safety of our visitors, members, staff, volunteers, and community.

  • All Audubon nature trails are open for visitation. Because of the physical and mental benefits of nature, we encourage guests to spend time outdoors and welcome them to visit our wildlife refuges.
     
  • The Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium is open to the public daily, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Our Headquarters office in Smithfield is open by appointment only, Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm.
     
  • Our program calendar will be updated as needed to reflect any cancellations. If you have any questions about specific events or programs, please contact our office at (401) 949-5454. See below for safety guidelines for program participants.
     
  • Audubon Summer Camp and the Youth Conservation League (YCL) will return for the 2021 season.

Audubon has implemented the following procedures and protocols:

  • Public Nature Program safety guidelines: Audubon follows CDC guidelines for all programming. Register in advance as programs will have limited attendance capacity. Audubon Society of RI members and guests who are over the age of 12 years old and fully vaccinated are not required to wear masks or maintain social distancing when participating in Audubon programming or visiting an Audubon facility. However, those who have not been fully vaccinated and children between 2-12 years old, are required to continue to wear masks indoors and when participating in Audubon programming. You may see some staff members and volunteers choosing to wear a mask. This a personal decision made by each of them individually.
     
  • If you have signed up for a program that has been canceled, we can either issue you a gift card to use for future programs or refund your registration fee. You may also make the choice to convert your fee into a donation. Please contact Michelle Solis at (401) 949-5454 ext. 3014.
     
  • We ask that visitors to our wildlife refuges follow the guidelines set by the State of Rhode Island for the safe use of parks and open spaces during COVID-19.
     
  • All staff members have received recommendations on how to stay healthy and prevent the spread of infection.
     
  • We continue to evaluate all measures in response to available information from the Rhode Island Department of Health. We are ready to revise our response and protocols as needed. To stay up-to-date, please check back here (asri.org/covid19); follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; or join our email list.

Our thoughts are with all those affected by COVID-19.

In this time of uncertainty, walks in nature can provide a much needed source of stress relief. Audubon encourages the public to use the outdoor trails at the Nature Center and Aquarium, as well as trails on all of Audubon’s other public wildlife refuges across the state. For a listing of wildlife refuges and trail maps, visit www.asri.org/hike.

Stay Safe,

Lawrence J. F. Taft
Executive Director

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