Volunteers are needed and don’t need to commit to the entire morning. Feel free to stop by for an hour or two.
Maintenance tasks include lawn raking, brush clearing, weeding flower gardens, and post-hole digging.
We have some tools on hand, but you may want to bring your own tools for whatever type of work you are interested in. More wheelbarrows would be helpful. Bring work gloves if you have them.
Journey back to colonial times, when the Barrows family lived off the land through farming and the manufacture of wood products. Leading the walk will be Bill Lewis, who will point out evidence of the various activities which once took place on the land. Rain date: July 20
This Ten Mile River Watershed Council event begins in East Providence at Freedom Green on North Broadway, which is close to the Roger Williams Spring, Roger’s first choice of a homestead. We will travel down river to Omega Dam and the Paul Bettencourt fish passage. Here is our only portage on this trip down a steep incline into the Seekonk River. We will continue down the Seekonk River around India Point through the hurricane barrier into the Providence River, ending our paddle at Market Square. From here we move to the Roger Williams National Memorial for a talk by one of the rangers and a bite to eat. This paddle is free to members, non members are charged 20 dollars, to cover transportation and food costs. The TMRWC does this paddle every other year and it is sure to sell out.
Chances are that a drop of rain falling in Attleboro will eventually find its way to the Ten Mile River, which runs through the center of the city, then flows into the Seekonk River, which eventually flows into Narragansett Bay. Ben Cote, of Friends of the Ten Mile, will host this introduction to the river. He will explain the importance of the river and its watershed to past, present, and future generations, as well as to the plants and animals that thrive in its habitat. Co-sponsored by Friends of the Ten Mile. Rain date: Sunday, August 11, 9:00 am.
Volunteers are needed on Saturday, August 17, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon to help clear brush along trails at the Anthony Lawrence Wildlife Preserve, located at the end of Hope Avenue off Newport Avenue. This gem of a preserve includes a pristine marsh along the Seven Mile River. Bring loppers and other brush cutting tools if you have them. Work gloves are recommended, along with long sleeve shirts, long pants, and socks for protection from poison ivy and insects. If you can bring a lawn mower or weed wacker, please let us know. Feel free to attend for just an hour or two as your schedule allows.
Proceeding on Route 123 west you will pass the South Attleboro American Legion on your right. Hope Avenue is the next left. Park on the right side of the street as you approach the end of Hope Avenue. Please try to avoid blocking any of the neighbors’ mailboxes. Rain date: Saturday, August 24.
Local naturalist Gary Krofta will lead a guided walk at the Anthony Lawrence Wildlife Preserve on Saturday, August 24. The preserve features a pristine freshwater marsh, on the Seven Mile River, that provides habitat for a variety of wildlife. Deer and wild turkeys frequently visit the preserve and red-winged blackbirds roost in the few trees dotting the marsh. Many colorful wildflowers and a variety of pollinating insects can be observed at this time of year. Krofta will also point out some invasive species, such as the purple loosestrife that could replace native cattails if left unchecked. The walk will begin at 9:00 am and last about an hour and a half.
The Anthony Lawrence Wildlife Preserve is located at the end of Hope Avenue off Newport Avenue. Directions: Coming from downtown Attleboro on Route 123 west, you will pass the South Attleboro American Legion on your right. Take the next left onto Hope Avenue. Park on the right side and walk to the end of the street. Please try to avoid blocking any of the neighbors’ mailboxes.
We sometimes take trees for granted, but they are part of the intricate web of life upon which we depend for our survival. Trees, in their infinite diversity and beauty also have the power to inspire. Join horticulturalist Phil Boucher on a walk through the Richardson Preserve, as he points out tree species that are native to the area, some invasive alien species, and some unique non-invasive species planted years ago by former resident Deborah Richardson.
Rain date: 1:00 pm, Sunday, September 15