Gansett Days
Open House
September 16
Lake Canonchet

Restoring Habitat
Summer Schedule
June 6, 20, 27
July 11, 25
August 8, 22

Summer 2017 Events

Habitat Restoration
Lake Canonchet & Little Neck Pond
June 6, June 20 and June 27
July 11, July 25
August 8, August 22

Fall 2017 Events

Fall Comes to Canonchet with Tom Fortier
Saturday, October 14

Salt Pond Preserve Update
Sunday, November 19

Walk with Friends
Sunday, November

Looking back at On Pettaquamscutt, February 26

View Nancy Karraker's presentation on amphibians and reptiles in the Narrow River Watershed.


Gansett Days at Lake Canonchet

Park Designs, Tool Tips and
a Scoop of Brickley's

Come celebrate Gansett Days with us on Saturday, September 16, from 9:00 to 2:00 with our "open house" at Lake Canonchet directly across from the Narragansett Town Beach South Pavilion. Join Friends of Canonchet Farm volunteers as we wrap up our habitat restoration work on the coastal ponds for the year. See how well our two-year-old plants are doing and learn how this project prepares the way for a linear park.

Design a Park. We will have five concept drawings on display with suggestions from URI landscape architecture students on how to transform the Lake Canonchet and Little Neck Pond into a linear park. Tell us which of the many ideas you would like to see in the final design, and we will say thank you with ice cream.

Tool Time is 10:00 to 11:00. URI Master Gardeners and garden tool experts Pat Davis and Mary Mason will demonstrate how to sharpen your garden tools, and how to use and maintain loppers, pruners and other tools to get the gardening jobs done with the least effort. And they can suggest tools that will make your gardening tasks easier and more productive.

Get the Scoop from Noon to 2:00. Oh, did we say ice cream? Brickley's Ice Cream to be exact. When you give us your suggestions about the five linear park concepts, your reward will be a scope of delicious Brickley's Ice Cream.

So put Lake Canonchet on your list of stops for Gansett Days. We will be there from 9:00 to 2:00 on Saturday, September 16. We will be right across from the Narragansett Beach south parking lot and just a short walk from the Gansett Days headquarters at the Gazebo.

Gansett Days is two-day family event to showcase the historical, cultural and natural beauty of Narragansett with a diverse menu of educational and fun activities for all ages. Enjoy trolley tours, kayaking, demonstrations, scavenger hunt, concert at the Gazebo and more. Events and locations will be on display at the Gazebo and online at Narragansett Parks and Recreation events page.

Habitat Restoration at Lake Canonchet and Little Neck Pond

Tuesday Evening Work Sessions
Start June 6

In seven scheduled work sessions on Tuesday evenings, we will be clearing invasive vegetation from the edge of Lake Canonchet and Little Neck Pond and promoting the re-growth of native species in this wonderfully diverse habitat. New and returning volunteers are always welcome. We meet at the end of Anne Hoxsie Lane across Boston Neck Road from the Narragansett Town Beach at 4:00 p.m. and work until about 7:00, when we enjoy some pizza and other refreshments. We provide gloves, tools, instructions and plenty of encouragement. The work dates are:

June 6, June 20 and June 27
July 11 and July 25
August 8 and August 22

The Tuesday works session run from 4:00 to 7:00. Parking is available in the West Parking Lot on Anne Hoxsie Lane. Stop at the Friends of Canonchet tent for a parking pass.

Note: A great deal of progress was made last season with suppression of the phragmites at Lake Canonchet and we are now removing the dead plants from the water's edge. Please bring waterproof boots or shoes if you want to join in that task. If not, there are plenty of dry feet jobs to be done.

Starting in September, the work sessions will be on Saturday mornings.

Talks and Walks

Mark your calendar for our Fall 2017 events including guided walks at Canonchet Farm and a talk at the Narragansett Library:

Fall Comes to Canonchet

On Saturday, October 14, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. see the arrival of fall at Canonchet Farm through the eyes of Tom Fortier. Tom will lead a walk starting in the Anne Hoxsie Lane parking lot across from the Narragansett Town Beach South Pavilion. Whether it is the reflected color of leaves at Little Neck Pond or the golden grasses of the marsh on the edge of Pettaquamscutt Cove, We are sure you will agree that you have to go no further to enjoy fall vistas. Tom is a poet and a naturalist who will bring a special way of seeing as he walks with us.

Salt Pond Preserve Update

Join us on Sunday afternoon, November 19, from 1:00 to 3:00 at the Maury Loontjens Memorial Library when archaeologist Jay Waller presents a Salt Pond Preserve Update about new information on an archaeological site of great importance right here in Narragansett. He will explain to us why it is important and what it tells us about the Native American use of the natural resources at Canonchet Farm.This presentation is cosponsored by the Friends of Canonchet Farm and Narragansett Historical Society. The library is located at 15 Kingston Road in Narragansett.

A Walk with Friends

Nobody loves walks at Canonchet Farm more than Friends of Canonchet Farm President Kathie Kelleher, who will lead "Just a walk with My Friends" at Canonchet Farm on Sunday afternoon November 26 from 1:00 to 3:00. Here's how Kathie describes the event: "It is an opportunity to recharge our batteries at a hectic time of year. Bring a friend, make a friend, and enjoy the serenity of this special place. We will walk to all the unique places that I would like to share with you." Please meet in the Anne Hoxsie Lane parking lot directly across Boston Neck Road (Scenic 1A) across from the Narragansett Town Beach South Pavilion.


There's more to come. Look for announcements here for dates and times, and for additional walks throughout the year. Or better yet, send us an e-mail so we can place your e-mail on our events address.

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