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The Benjamin Family Environmental Center

Situated on a hill at Goosewing Beach Preserve, the Environmental Center promotes awareness of the natural world and encourages beach goers to become better stewards of their environment. The Benjamin Family Environmental Center is ideally situated to offer visitors a stunning view of the barrier beach and dune, coastal salt pond and historic meadowland. Through expanded programs, walks and rotating educational exhibits, visitors will learn about important natural features and local flora and fauna.  Come on in and discover the Environmental Center during your summer visit to Goosewing Beach.

Look for seasonal nature walks and special events at Field Trips & Events.

The Nature Conservancy in Rhode Island is not alone in acknowledging Goosewing Beach as a 21st century preserve and one of the most awesome beaches on the planet.  On July 19, 2010, CNN listed its picks for the most eco-friendly beaches around the world and guess what, Goosewing Beach Preserve in Rhode Island, along with beaches in Hawaii, Australia, Brazil and Costa Rica, were chosen for having not only spectacular shorelines but for being on protected land with conservation in mind.

Purchased in 1989 by The Nature Conservancy, the 75-acre Goosewing Beach Preserve is an historic landmark.  The Benjamin Family Environmental Center will help protect this legacy by educating the next generation of conservation supporters.  Not only does the Preserve include a mile of barrier beach and shoreline, along with ecologically significant coastal shrubland and meadow, but it borders two of the most pristine coastal ponds in the state, and, Conservancy staff have been actively managing breeding populations of globally-rare Piping Plovers and state threatened Least Terns for a decade. 

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