Published March 13, 2020
Updated May 15, 2020
Audubon Wildlife Refuges remain open (subject to change).
Please review our trail safety guidelines before your visit.
Actions We Are Taking in Response to COVID-19
The Audubon Society of Rhode Island is actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation for the safety of our visitors, members, staff, volunteers and community.
- As of this time, 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 in the weeks to come. Please review our trail safety guidelines before your visit.
- As of June 1st, we will be resuming public nature programming. If you have any questions about specific events or programs, please contact our office at (401) 949-5454. Our program calendar will be updated as needed to reflect notices or any cancellations. See below for safety guidelines for program participants.
- The 2020 Youth Conservation league (YCL) season has been cancelled. please stay tuned for 2021 information. Learn more about this program.
- The 2020 Summer Camp season has been cancelled.
- All Audubon facilities, including the Nature Center and Aquarium, are closed to the public until further notice. We look forward to welcoming you back when the Nature Center and Aquarium reopens. Please check back here before you plan a visit to our facilities.
Audubon has implemented the following procedures and protocols:
- If you have signed up for a program that has been cancelled, 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. This would help us to weather any economic fallout of the virus.
- Nature program safety guidelines (Programs to resume June 1st): We will be following CDC guidelines for all programming. We will be limiting attendance to a maximum of 9 people per program, plus the leader. For the courtesy and safety of others, all participants will be required to wear a face covering during both indoor and outdoor programs. Any registrant not in compliance will be asked to leave the program and will not receive a refund.
- 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 the COVID-19 public health crisis. Please review our trail guidelines before your visit.
- All staff members have received recommendations on how to stay healthy and prevent the spread of infection through proper handwashing and social distancing. Staff members will be working remotely as much as possible.
- We continue to evaluate all measures in response to available information from 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.
Lawrence J. F. Taft