Complete fall fun: DEM Division of Fish and Wildlife hosts nature-based programs for outdoor adventures

Fall is the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy the beauty of nature. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) will be hosting lots of fun, nature-based educational programs all fall long. From family bird watching and hunter education classes to wonderful guided outdoor walks, there is something for everyone. Join DEM’s Division of Fish and Wildlife Aquatic Resources Education, Hunter Education and Wildlife Enforcement to learn 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 list of the latest programs. A list of programs and registration information is provided below:

HUNTER EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
Firearm Familiarity (Age: 10+, parent/guardian required for participants under 18)
Interested in hunting or target shooting but don’t know where to start? In this beginner’s course, you’ll learn about six firearms, ammunition, storage, transportation, safety, and more. you will learn about!

Date: Saturday, September 17
Location: Hope Library, 374 North Road, Hope, RI
Time: 10:00 – 14:00
Registration: Register here.
Price: Free

Learn to Hunt ’22 (Age: 10+, parent/guardian required for participants under 18)
New to hunting? Need guidance? We are here to help you! Students will be divided into groups and an instructor will be assigned to facilitate the activities. Each group will be given coordinates to find their hunting camp, travel to their destination, and encounter some surprise wilderness first aid scenarios. Students will learn to safely carry training firearms in the woods and around obstacles while maintaining safe muzzle control. At camp, the group will work together to build a natural ground cover and build a secured tree stand. Everyone will sit on a simulated hunt as they discuss different aspects of what they have to observe. Finally, students will follow a blood trail to a 3-D animal that has been shot, where they will learn what to do after a shot, as well as field dressing techniques. All equipment provided, please do not bring firearms or ammunition. Students should be dressed for a day outdoors, walking on and off the trail and sitting for long periods of time. There is an indoor bathroom on site, as well as a refrigerator and microwave. Please bring bug spray, lunch and snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages. Class is rain or shine unless severe weather is forecast, which participants will be notified of.

Date: Saturday, October 15
Location: RIDEM Fish and Wildlife Outdoor Education Unit, 1B Camp E-Hun-Tee Place, Exeter Time: 10 AM- 5 PM
Registration: Register here.
Price: Free

BEST WILDLIFE SHOWS
Rhode Island Coverts Workshop (Ages: Adults)
Interested in creating wildlife habitat on your own land? The RI Coverts Workshop is a great place to start! This workshop will teach you about wildlife habitat, ecological concepts, and forest management practices that you can apply on a smaller scale. You’ll meet professionals from various organizations to learn how to help wildlife on your property and take a field trip to see past participants’ habitat projects! Staff from DEM’s Division of Fish and Wildlife and DEM’s Department of Agriculture and Forestry Environment will join the lineup of speakers for this great workshop, along with the RI Area Council for Resource Conservation and Development, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Rhode University. Island!

Date: Saturday, October 15
Location: Canonicus Campground and Conference Center, 54 Exeter Rd, Exeter, RI
Hours: 8 AM-4 PM
Registration: Call Paul Dolan at 401-500-0399 or email him at rircd2283@gmail.com.
Price: 20 AZN (materials and lunch included)

Nature on the North Branch (All Ages)
The Division of Fish and Wildlife is teaming up with the Pawtuxet River Authority and Watershed Council for a morning of fall nature 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 PRATAkeFiveChallenge@gmail.com.

Date: Saturday, October 22
Location: 2 Lincoln Ave, Coventry, RI 02816 (at the Phenix-Harris Riverwalk)
Time: 9:00 a.m. birding, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. craft or walk
Registration: Register here.
Price: Free

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