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Full of Fall Fun: DEM Division of Fish and Wildlife Hosts Nature-Based Outdoor Adventure Programs – What’sUpNewp | Gmx Pharm

Fall is the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy the beauty of nature. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) hosts many fun, nature-based educational programs throughout the fall. From family bird watching courses and hunter education to a lovely guided outdoor walk, there is something for everyone. Join the staff at DEM’s Aquatic Resource Education, Hunter Education and Wildlife Outreach Division of Fish and Wildlife to learn more about Rhode Island’s fish and wildlife resources or try a new outdoor skill this fall!

Most of the programs offered are free and family-friendly. Visit our website for a complete listing of current programs. A list of programs and registration information are provided below:

Firearms Instruction (Age: 10+, Parents/Guardians must be present for participants under 18)
Interested in hunting or target shooting but don’t know where to start? In this course designed for beginners, you will learn the six actions of firearms, ammunition, storage, transport, security and more!

Date: Saturday 17 September
Location: Hope Library, 374 North Road, Hope, RI
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m
Registration: Register here.
For free

Learn to Hunt ’22 (Age: 10+, parents/guardians must be present for participants under 18)
New to the hunt? Need a guide? We’re here to help! Students are divided into groups and assigned a teacher who assists them with the activities. Each party is given coordinates to find their own hunting camp, trek to the destination, and encounter some surprising first aid scenarios in the wilderness along the way. Students learn to safely carry training firearms through the woods and around obstacles while maintaining confident muzzle control. At camp, the group will work together to build a natural ground screen and set up a provided tree stand. Everyone will witness a simulated hunt while discussing various aspects of what to watch. Finally, students follow a trail of blood to a slain 3D animal, where they learn what to do after the shot and techniques for dressing in the field. All equipment is provided, please do not bring your own firearms or ammunition. Students should come dressed for a day of outdoor walking and long sitting. Indoor bathrooms are provided, as well as a refrigerator and a microwave. Please bring bug spray, lunch and snacks, and soft drinks. Classes will take place rain or shine, unless severe weather is forecast in which case participants will be notified.

Date: Saturday 15 October
Venue: RIDEM Division of Fish and Wildlife Outdoor Education Office, 1B Camp E-Hun-Tee Place, Exeter Time: 10am-5pm
Registration: Register here.
For free

Rhode Island Coverts Workshop (Age: Adults)
Are you interested in creating a wildlife habitat on your own land? The RI Coverts Workshop is a great place to start! This workshop will give you background information on wildlife habitats, ecological concepts and forest management practices that you can apply on a smaller scale. You’ll meet professionals from various organizations to learn how you can help wildlife on your property, and you’ll go on a field trip to see past participants’ habitat projects! Staff from DEM’s Fish and Wildlife Division and DEM’s Agriculture and Forest Environment Division, in partnership with the RI Resource Conservation & Development Area Council, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the University of Rhode, will join the speakers for this amazing workshop Island!

Date: Saturday 15 October
Location: Canonicus Camp and Conference Center, 54 Exeter Rd, Exeter, RI
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m
Registration: Call Paul Dolan at 401-500-0399 or email
Cost: $20 (including materials and lunch)

Nature on the North Branch (all ages)
The Department of Fish and Wildlife joins forces with the Pawtuxet River Authority and Watershed Council for a morning of autumn outdoor fun! Our RIDEM Wildlife Outreach staff will lead a family bird walk and share information about the RI Breeding Bird Atlas 2.0. There will also be nature crafts and other fun activities for the whole family. Questions? Contact

Date: Saturday 22 October
Location: 2 Lincoln Ave, Coventry, RI 02816 (on the Phoenix-Harris Riverwalk)
Time: Birdwatching at 9:00 AM, Artisan Drop-in or Walk from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Registration: Register here.
For free

Updated: September 17, 2022 — 12:32 am

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