Audubon Environmental Education Center

Audubon Environmental Education Center

The Audubon Environmental Education Center is a state-of-the-art natural history museum and aquarium offering many natural wonders to explore. See our habitat displays.  Look inside a 33-foot life size Right Whale, discover life in a tide pool, observe Narragansett Bay's marine life, visit our rare orange lobster, or even explore a cornfield at night. The Center's interactive exhibits feature local habitats and offer many fun ways to enjoy nature.

Situated on the 28-acre Claire D. McIntosh Wildlife Refuge, the Environmental Education Center has walking trails with a ¼ mile boardwalk that winds through fresh and saltwater marshes to a majestic view of Narragansett Bay. The refuge is along the East Bay Bike Path allowing bikers and walkers access to the refuge's natural beauty.

The Center offers guided tours, nature walks, special family programs and much more throughout the year. The facility and trails are handicapped accessible.

NOTICE: The exhibit hall at the Audubon Environmental Education Center will be closed until further notice while its roof is under repair. Although the exhibits will be closed during the repair, all programs currently scheduled at the Audubon Environmental Education Center will take place as planned. Admission to the Center will be free to the public and the walking trails and gift shop will remain open during the repair. We hope to reopen the exhibit hall as quickly as possible. We are sorry for this inconvenience.


Many of Audubon's public programs and events take place at the Environmental Education Center.  Be sure to check our calendar frequently for program descriptions and registration.  The Center can also host your school group or other community group privately.

Birthday Parties

At our Environmental Education Center in Bristol, your party can discover, learn, and explore on an adventure through our 28-acre outdoor classroom that reaches the shores of the Narragansett Bay.

Facility Rental

Centrally located just 30 minutes from both Newport and Providence, the Center offers gathering space for 10 to 300 guests and has won awards for both design and architecture...a "building not to be missed" says the Providence Journal Newspaper.  Have your next corporate function, special event, or meeting at one of Rhode island's most unique meeting venues.

Nature Shop

All purchases made at our Nature Shop directly benefits Audubon Society of Rhode Island.  We offer bird feeders and accessories, field guides, children's books and toys, games, eco-friendly jewelry, and much more!


1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI 02809

Phone: (401) 949-5454 ex. 3118
Fax: (401) 245-9339

Mid-April through Mid-October
  9 am - 5 pm daily

Mid-October through Mid-April
(open holidays and school vacations)
  Wednesday - Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
  Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm

  Adult $6.00
  Senior $5.00
  Child (ages 4-12) $4.00
  Child (under 4) free
  Audubon Society of RI Members FREE
  Call us for information on groups of more than 10 people