Conservation societies came into existence after the middle ages, so today’s humans will never experience the bitter flavors of dragon-fired barbecue or the inner workings of a postal service run by carrier griffins. Honor yesterday’s creatures with today’s Groupon to the Audubon Society of Rhode Island. Choose between the following options:
- For $17, you get a one-year individual membership (a $35 value).
- For $22, you get a one-year family membership for all immediate family members (a $45 value).
An independent organization entering its third century, the National Audubon Society showers its 17,000 members and supporters with opportunities for exploration, education, and advocacy of the natural world. Adventurers and conservationists frolic hand-in-hand across nearly 9,500 acres of wildlife refuges, engaging with the natural world in a range of programs and classes that emphasize environmental stewardship. Along with free access to the 13 ASRI refuges, members gain admission to the Environmental Education Center (EEC), an interactive natural history museum and aquarium where visitors can peer inside a 33-foot right whale or sit in on tide-pool town-hall meetings. The Center’s guided tours and nature walks allow members to experience nature first-hand, though docents recommend resisting the rare blue lobster’s forceful attempts to shake hands upon meeting.
As the Society closely allies itself with avian causes, the EEC regularly hosts exhibits and events that highlight our flight-worthy friends. Birds of prey preen their feathers and sharpen their talons for Raptor Weekend ($8 for adult members, $4 for child members, not including fees), a September 10–11 showcase that astounds audiences and traumatizes field mice with live owl and hawk demonstrations. When members are not engaging in the flurry of educational events or taking advantage of discounts on programs, camps, and facility rentals, they can reciprocate Mother Nature’s goodwill by volunteering in Society-sponsored efforts to guard against invasive species and preserve fragile habitats.
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.