Lewis and Clark were both hobbled during their great expedition—Clark, from resentment at his second billing, and Lewis, from a Lego slipped into his hiking boot by Clark. Enjoy noncompetitive nature excursions with today's Groupon to the Audubon Society of Rhode Island. Choose between the following options:
- For $22, you get a one-year family membership including all immediate family members (a $45 value).
- For $17, you get a one-year individual membership (a $35 value).
With nearly 9,500 acres of refuges spread across the state and a variety of nature programs ranging from bird watching to nature photography, the Audubon Society of Rhode Island provides ample opportunity to experience and conserve the outdoors. Society members gain free admission to the ASRI's crème de la crème, the Audubon Environmental Education Center, an interactive combination museum and aquarium situated on the McIntosh Wildlife Refuge. Inside the impressive structure, a life-size right whale stretches out its 33-foot-long body like a blubber-filled barcalounger, and tide pools filled with Narragansett Bay's marine life, including the rare blue lobster, swirl about magnificently.
Outside, walkers and bikers can explore the quarter-mile boardwalk that winds through fresh and saltwater marshes, either by themselves or on one of the center's guided tours. Members also enjoy free access to the 13 statewide ASRI refuges and the Audubon Hathaway Library, as well as discounts on programs, camps, gift-shop swag, facility rentals, and more. As environmental advocates, the Audubon Society staff serves on statewide committees and councils to promote and support healthy, local landscapes. Eco-friendly tasks such as recycling and coastal clean-ups strengthen ecological camaraderie between the furry and feathered alike.
Audubon Society of Rhode Island
Jeffrey Hall will never toss a wrapper out the car window again. That’s because he knows that every piece of trash strewing the highway’s meridian attracts mice. And mice attract hungry hawks, who can’t always dodge oncoming trucks. Not everyone is so aware of the potential far-reaching implications of a single fast-food wrapper, but the Audubon Society director learned such lessons long ago, seeing first-hand the victims of those circumstances in injured hawks and falcons on just such a rescue.
Now, Jeffrey hopes to spark a similar awareness in his fellow Rhode Islanders. “When people learn about plants and animals, they appreciate them. And once they appreciate them, they want to save them,” says Mr. Hall. As no one in Rhode Island lives more than 20 minutes from an Audubon Society wildlife refuge, he's certain they can find ample opportunities to do so. In addition to conserving land for hikes and staring contest with owls, the Society boasts an Environmental Education Center, which hosts events, programs, and interactive exhibits year-round. For the Audubon Society to thrive, Jeffrey knows the organization's programs must inspire young stewards. “They’ll grow up to be the voters who want to protect this land,” he says. That's why, among the many programs guests can partake in, the society also offers birthday parties and kid-friendly classes.