Spring 2024

Invasive Plants in
Canonchet Farm

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Plans for the
Linear Park

Trail Work at Canonchet Farm

Guided Walks
this spring

Saturday, April 13
Bruce Fellman

April 20
Jim Crothers

Saturday, May 18
Lauren Parmlee

Saturday, May 25
Silvermoon LaRose


Posted March 13, 2024; Updated April 5, 2024

Four Guided Walks for Spring 2024

Saturday, April 13, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

The Naturalist Explores Amphibian Life
in Canonchet’s Vernal Pools

You won’t want to miss this afternoon talk and walk with noted science writer and environmental educator Bruce Fellman. We’ll start with an introductory talk inside South County Museum in Narragansett, followed by a walk to the vernal pools. While there are no guarantees as to what we’ll find, if you’ve explored with Bruce before, you know you can count on an entertaining and very informative experience.

Our walks are open to all ages, and school-age children (8 to 12 years) will especially enjoy this one!

Flashlights for looking into shaded pools and rubber boots might be a good idea. This guided walk is sponsored by Friends of Canonchet Farm and is free and open to the public. For more details and to register, click on this Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bruce-fellman-explores-amphibian-life-in-canonchets-vernal-pools-tickets-861146701967.

Saturday, April 20, 10:00 a.m.

Canonchet Farm: A Tale of Money, Power,
and the Public Good with Jim Crothers

Jim Crothers, former Executive Director of the South County Museum (and accomplished blacksmith!) brings a wealth of knowledge and interesting anecdotes to tell the story of Canonchet Farm. He’ll begin with the Narragansett Indians, colonial times, and take us through to the present day preservation of this woodlands treasure we have in the heart of Narragansett. Along the way, we’ll learn the changes made to the land by former users and owners.

Meet inside the South County Museum's Metz Building, 115 Strathmore Street in Narragansett. This is a rain or shine event and is sponsored by Friends of Canonchet Farm. It is free and open to the public. For more details and to register for this event, click on this Eventbrite link: 

Saturday, May 18, 10:00 a.m.

Avian Life at Canonchet Farm with
Lauren Parmelee

The Audubon Society of Rhode Island comes to Canonchet Farm! Meet us inside the South County Museum’s Metz Building for a brief introductory talk, followed by a birding hike on our trails. Lauren Parmelee, Audubon’s Senior Director of Education, will share her vast knowledge of local birds and tips for learning how to identify them.

Bring binoculars if you have them or borrow a pair from Audubon. This guided walk is sponsored by Friends of Canonchet Farm and is free and open to the public. For more details and to register for this event, click on this Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/avian-life-at-canonchet-farm-tickets-861797548667.

Saturday, May 25, 10:00 a.m.

Silvermoon LaRose: Native American Heritage and Sustainability in Canonchet

We are delighted to host Silvermoon LaRose, Assistant Director of the Tomaquag Museum. For thousands of years, the Narragansett Tribe hunted, fished, gathered and farmed this area. She will share history, culture and traditional ecological knowledge. Her particular focus on this walk will be the ways Narragansetts revered and still practice sustainable use of the land.

Silvermoon will meet us and begin our walk at the South County Museum parking lot. This guided walk is sponsored by Friends of Canonchet Farm and is free and open to the public. For more details and to register for this event, click on this Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/native-american-heritage-and-sustainability-in-canonchet-tickets-861813275707

Posted December 11, 2023; Updated January 3, February 1 and March 1, 2024

Mark your 2024 calendar for the eleventh season of On Pettaquamscutt, Presentations on the Environment and History of the Narrow River Watershed and join us for three great Sunday afternoon talks (all starting at 1:00) at the brand new Narragansett Library:

January 28: Dressed for Life and Leisure, 1870 to 1920

Rebecca Kelly, Deputy Director and Curator at the South County Museum, will discuss nineteenth-century clothing from the museum’s collection highlighting both high fashion and leisure ware, as in what does the fashionable Narragansett visitor wear to the beach in 1900.

February 25: Restoring Salt Marsh in the John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge

Nick Ernst, Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and Ben Gaspar, Restoration Ecologist at Save the Bay, will update us on the sediment placement projects in the Narrow River and other refuge locations to stave off the threats from sea level rise to salt marshes – and the salt marsh sparrow.

March 24: History of the Watershed in Maps and Aerial Photos

Peter Stetson, President of Education Mapping Service, will show us interactive GIS mapping centered on the South County Museum and the Narrow River Watershed, and their history through aerial photography.


Click the Register button to reserve a seat at the March 24 presentation.

On Pettaquamscutt is a collaboration between the Friends of Canonchet Farm, Narrow River Preservation Association, South County Museum, and the Maury Loontjens Memorial Library.

All talks are free and open to the public. You can register at OnPettaquamscutt.org or at the calendar page of the library website to reserve a seat. Registration will open at the beginning of the month for each presentation. For more information or to see presentations from the first ten seasons, visit OnPettaquamscutt.org.


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.

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