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Block Island

One of the Last Great Places


2014 Nature Walks & Programs

Check out this season's summer series of fun and exploration held on weekdays from June 16 - August 22.

 

The Diversity of Block Island.
Formed by glaciers nearly 10,000 years ago, Block Island is made up of a diverse array of geographical features and habitats such as beaches, sand dunes, coastal bluffs, morainal grasslands, maritime scrubland, salt ponds, kettle hole ponds, and various other freshwater wetland ecosystems.

These habitats support a unique assortment of wildlife, including over 40 species classified as rare or endangered. It is thus one of the most ecologically significant areas in the state and in the entire northeast. Thousands of migratory shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors, and songbirds also depend on the Island as a stopover point on their journey north and south along the Atlantic Flyway.

Block Island is more than just home to rare and endangered plants and animals. It also supports a vibrant, active human community with a strong sense of its cultural and natural heritage.

The overwhelming local commitment to conservation inspired The Nature Conservancy to name Block Island one of the original “Last Great Places” in the Western Hemisphere. With the hard work of many individuals and an assembly of conservation organizations, over 43% of the Island is protected. Protected for plants, animals, and people.

Block Island's Greenway Trails:  Enjoy the "unspoiled meadows and vistas" on 28 miles of trail.  Yankee Magazine.  

New England's Island of Hope: A community unites to turn back the tide of developmentTake a glance back and become inspired into action now!


Places to Visit

There are approximately 25 miles of walking trails on Block Island open to the public, free of charge.

We hope you enjoy visiting our preserves in any season.


 

Check the new season's schedule for our 2014 Nature Walks & Programs series. 

Join us for this summer series of fun and exploration held on weekdays from June 16 to August 22.

Also, check out the Special Events schedule on the second page for special one-time events held on Block Island.

...or just visit one of our preserves!

 

There are approximately 25 miles of walking trails on Block Island open to the public, free of charge.

  • Please do not bike on trails. The Island's many dirt roads offer excellent off-road biking opportunities. 
  • Please respect all signs marked "private" and keep noise to a minimum while enjoying these natural areas.

 

We hope you enjoy visiting our preserves in any season. We ask that you please observe the following guidelines:

Stay on the walking trails, using marked trails wherever they exist.
Respect preserve open hours (one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset). Overnight camping is not allowed.
Do not ride horses, bikes or any motorized vehicle through preserves or on the trails.
Do not disturb bird nesting areas. Between April 15 and September 1, nesting areas may be off-limits to visitors. People or dogs can easily destroy a nest with one misstep.
Leave your pets at home, for the safety of the fragile ecology of preserves and as a courtesy to other visitors.
Contact our office in Providence to visit those preserves that have restricted public access because of their very sensitive flora and fauna. These places deserve special respect and are best visited only on guided field trips.
Do not remove any living materials from a preserve or disturb any vegetation.
Remove any trash you create and, if possible, any garbage that you see left by someone else.
When visiting Block Island or Prudence Island in the spring, summer and fall, dress in long pants and socks to avoid deer ticks. After any walk on a preserve, it is a good idea to check for ticks when you return home.
Be careful! Your safety is your responsibility.
Thank you for your help.

 

 

Block Island Trails & Information: Full color map showing all 28 miles of walking trails. Available at our office on High Street and at the Tourist Information Building in Old Harbor. Price $2 

On This Island: The Block Island Trail and Nature Guide (2nd edition): Co-written by Keith Lang and Scott Comings, the book describes in detail the walking trails on the Island. The second edition features new maps, trail updates and spectacular photos. Learn about each trail’s length, degree of difficulty, and what you might see when you walk. Available at our office on High Street, Island Bound Bookstore, and other Island shops. Price $15.99 

Block Island Wildlife: An Introduction to Familiar Species: This is a laminated 12-panel full-color guide featuring 150 of Block Island’s plants and animals. Available at our office on High Street, Island Bound Bookstore, and other Island shops. Price $5.95

If you would like us to ship any of these items to you, please contact our office at 401-466-2129. Shipping charges will apply.

Block Island's Greenway Trails:  Enjoy the "unspoiled meadows and vistas" on 28 miles of trail.  Yankee Magazine.

Directions

Visit Places We Protect for directions to each preserve.

Discussion

Have you been to this preserve? Are you thinking of visiting? See what others are saying about their experiences and add your comments below.

Add Your Comments

Time for you to join the discussion. Tell us about your experience at this preserve. What plants and animals did you see? When did you go? You can help others plan their visit when you share your thoughts. And thank you for visiting one of our nature preserves!

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