Spring 2021

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2020 Events

On Pettaquamscutt 2020

Annual Meeting, May 10
Guest Speaker: Jim Crothers

Trail Work at Canonchet Farm

Guided Walks
this spring

Nancy Karaker,
April 5

Scott Turner,
May 17

Jay Waller,
June 7

Posted September 22, 2020

In Person or Online, On Pettaquamscutt 2021 is a GO!

The Friends of Canonchet Farm, Narrow River Preservation Association, South County Museum and the Maury Loontjens Memorial Library along with generous support from Trio Restaurant, are collaborating for the tenth year to sponsor the Winter Speaker Series On Pettaquamscutt: Presentations on the Environment and the History of the Narrow River Watershed.

The presentations will take place on selected Sundays at 1:00 either at the Maury Loontjens Memorial Library, 35 Kingstown Road, Narragansett where there is a possibility of hosting the gathering in the library with a reduced number of attendees or the library has the possibility of using Zoom which could reach a larger audience.

A great line-up for 2021

On Pettaquamscutt

The 2021 season dates, presenters, topics and sponsoring organizations are:

January 31: Kathie Kelleher and David Smith will give a virtual tour of the Narragansett Coastal Defenses. This presentation is sponsored by the Friends of Canonchet Farm.

February 28: South County Museum Assistant Director Heather Kisilywicz will present Stories of the South County Fisherman.

March 28: Craig Wood of the Narrow River Preservation Association will use footage from the live osprey webcam at Garrison House Acres to tell us about The Ospreys of Narrow River.

These events are free and open to the public. Participants must register at OnPettaquamscutt.org or at the calendar page of the library website to reserve a seat or to receive a Zoom invite. Registration will open at the beginning of the month for each presentation. For more information, call 401-783-5344 or e-mail info@onpettaquamscutt.org.

Posted March 16, 2020, Revised September 22, 2020

On Pettaquamscutt March 29 Presentation Canceled

The ninth season of the winter speaker series On Pettaquamscutt: Presentations on the Environment and the History of the Narrow River Watershed was cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic, but but you can view the January and February 2020 presentations at the On Pettaquamscutt website.

Spring Events Posted February 28, 2020

Every Saturday is Trail Improvement Saturday

Now through April 26

Become a member of the volunteer team at Canonchet by signing up via email (events@canonchet.org).

We work any Saturday morning when the temperature is above 20 and it is not raining. Please join us at 9 a.m. at our trailer which is located on the grounds of South County Museum.

Event Canceled

On Pettaquamscutt, March 29
Camp Varnum and Rhode Island Coastal Defenses

It was disguised to look like a traditional New England fishing village, but Master Sergeant James Loffler, recently retired from the R.I. National Guard, will explain how Camp Varnum near the mouth of Narrow River played an important role in the defense of the Rhode Island coast during World War II. Sgt. Loffler's presentation is sponsored by the South County Museum. (More about On Pettaquamscutt)

Guided Walk with Nancy Karraker, April 5

Join amphibian expert and URI professor Nancy Karraker as we explore the wonders of frogs and other amphibians on Sunday afternoon, April 5. This program is geared toward children and the child in each adult.

The size of the group is limited to 40 and advanced registration by email is required. Click this link to sign up: Registration for April 5 walk with Nancy Karraker. Please include your phone number. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please meet Nancy at 1:00 p.m. at the South County Museum, 115 Strathmore Street, Narragansett.

Annual Meeting, May 10

Join us on Sunday, May 10, 1 p.m. for the Friends of Canonchet Farm Annual Meeting (open to the public) at South County Museum, 115 Strathmore Street, Narragansett.

Following a short meeting, Jim Crothers, Director, South County Museum, will make a presentation on the History of Canonchet Farm. Jim can always be counted on to teach and entertain.

Scott Turner Returns, May 17

Take a walk with the ever-popular Scott Turner, former nature writer for The Providence Journal, on Sunday, May 17 as he shares his wealth of knowledge about the natural world and causes us to chuckle at his wonderful stories.

Meet Scott at 1:00 p.m. in the Anne Hoxsie Lane parking lot directly across Boston Neck Road from the Narragansett Town Beach South Pavilion (39 Boston Neck Road), Narragansett.

Archaeologist Jay Waller, June 7

Don't miss a walk with Jay Waller on Sunday afternoon, June 7, Jay is the lead archaeologist for the Native American site at Salt Pond in Narragansett (RI 110). He will discuss how Native Americans would have used the natural resources found at Canonchet Farm as well as how an archaeologist surveys an area to determine the possibility of cultural remains.

Meet Jay at 1:00 p.m. at the South County Museum, 115 Strathmore Street, Narraganset.

Updated December 17, 2019

Improving the Canonchet Farm Trail

In October, Friends of Canonchet Farm volunteers returned to working along the Canonchet Farm Trail, removing invasive vegetation and making the trail safer and more enjoyable. The work continues every Saturday (whether permitting through the spring, when work shifts back to restoration of the area along Lake Canonchet and Little Neck Pond.

Please meet at the Friends of Canonchet Farm trailer located on the grounds of the South County Museum at the end of Strathmore Street, which is off Kingstown Road in Narragansett. We will gather at 9 a.m. and walk to the area of the trail where we will be removing privet, multiflora rose, bittersweet and other invasive plants. As always, we provide tools, snacks, drinks, gloves, instruction and fun. You'll meet wonderful people who share your concern for the preservation and improvement of Canonchet Farm. For more information, contact Kathie Kelleher at events@canonchet.org.

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