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Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium Switching to Capacity-based Entry as of July 30, 2020

Open Thursday – Sunday, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

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Audubon can’t wait to welcome you back! As of July 30, 2020, the Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium will greet visitors with a capacity-based entrance. Guests will no longer need to register for a time ticketed entry. In addition, new outdoor summer programs for small groups have been carefully planned with safety in mind. For program details, visit the events calendar.

What You Need to Know Before You Go:

On July 30, 2020 the Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium will be changing to capacity based entrance – allowing 35 visitors in the Center at any one time. Advance registration for entry is no longer required. However, there may be a wait if the Center has reached capacity.

Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium is open Thursday – Sunday, 9:30 to 3:30 pm. (Center is closed Monday – Wednesday.)

The guidelines listed below will be followed to allow for social distancing and the safety of staff and visitors:

  • Visitor contact information, including name and phone number, will be collected upon entry.
     
  • Masks are required at the Nature Center and Aquarium as well as on the grounds, when social distancing is not possible. Children under 2 and those with medical issues or disabilities will be exempt from mask wearing as regulated by the State of Rhode Island. Masks will be provided to those visitors who may arrive without a mask.
     
  • There will no longer be temperature checks upon entering.
     
  • The Nature Shop will be open from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Safety guidelines and limited shopper capacity will apply.
     
  • Trails and Pollinator Garden remain open from dawn to dusk free of charge, safety guidelines apply.

New! Small Group Nature Explorations

Perfect for Outdoor Summer Fun!

Audubon is offering small group nature explorations designed with safety in mind. Get up close with some cool critters, learn all about pollinators or take a walk to the shore. Audubon knows how to keep it cool - and safe - in August when the weather gets hot and muggy!

Note: Rhode Island Covid-19 safety guidelines will be followed for all programs, small groups will be led Audubon naturalists. Family units are encouraged to participate together. Masks and social distancing are required. Participants must bring their own masks. Advance registration is required, and a parent or guardian must accompany children. Visit the events calendar at www.asri.org for safety guidelines and to register.

Perfect Pollinators
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
August 3, 2020; 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
August 25, 2020; 2:00 – 4:00 pm

The Audubon gardens and fields are a BUZZ with activity! The beautiful flowers attract all sorts of butterflies, beetles and birds. Come discover pollinators and the plants that they love. Learn what you can do to attract them to your yard. Nets, bug boxes, field guides and magnifiers will be available for families to use, or bring your own! For safety guidelines and advance registration, visit the events calendar.

Bugliest Bugs – Tales & Trails!
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
August 4, 2020; 10:00 - 11:00 am
August 18, 2020; 10:00 - 11:00 am
August 19, 2020; 10:00 - 11:00 am

Enjoy an engaging story all about bugs then go investigate field, forest and garden to look for wiggly, squiggly, wormy, squirmy insects and other critters. Nets, bug boxes, field guides and magnifiers will be available. Families will go home with an activity. For safety guidelines and advance registration, visit the events calendar.

Bird Scavenger Hunt with Audubon
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
August 11, 2020; 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
August 12, 2020; 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Audubon loves birds! Join an expert for an all-about-birds scavenger hunt! Look and listen for birds in a variety of habitats, and learn about all kinds of bird nests, behaviors, foods, songs and calls. Binoculars and field guides will be available or bring your own. Families will go home with an activity. For safety guidelines and advance registration, visit the events calendar.

Raptor Meet & Greet
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
August 10, 2020, 2:00 – 2:30 pm
August 11, 2020, 2:00 – 2:30 pm

Come meet Audubon birds of prey! Observe a hawk or owl up close and learn more about their amazing adaptations for survival. Ask questions, take photos and share your own encounters with wildlife. Learn what you can do to help protect these species. Hands-on activities are part of the fun! Explore the wildlife refuge before or after the program. For safety guidelines and advance registration, visit the events calendar.

Down by the Bay
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
August 20, 2020: 2:00 – 4:00 pm
August 21, 2020: 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Join an Audubon naturalist to explore the rocky shore along Narragansett Bay. Can you find crabs, snails, clams and fish? Buckets, nets, and field guides will be available. The round trip walk down to the bay and back is approximately 1.5 miles. Families will go home with an activity. For safety guidelines and advance registration, visit the events calendar.

Bugs & Bubbly: An Adult Evening Adventure
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
August 22, 2020: 7:30 – 9:30 pm

Join biologist and author Ginger Brown for a unique summer evening with the six-legged creatures that are active at night. Brown will lead a walk to the boardwalk, where an ultraviolet light will be set up. This light attracts fascinating nocturnal insects, including beetles and moths. As you watch this live buggy event unfold before your eyes, wine and light snacks will be available. Bats and other nighttime creatures may show up as well! This program is just for adults. For safety guidelines and advance registration, visit the events calendar.

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