Land Trust Days kickoff is Friday at Nockum Hill

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A sunset walk at Barrington’s scenic Nockum Hill in the Douglas Rayner Wildlife refuge on August 11 will officially kick off the 2017 Land Trust Days, special outdoor events to be held across Rhode Island until October 1.

Land Trust Days’ activities encourage individuals and families to “Discover Your True Nature” by "unplugging" and getting outside to relax and enjoy the state’s special green open spaces, and is led by the RI Land Trust Council. (Rain date is August 12.)

Barrington Land Conservation Trust will provide guides on a two-to-three mile walk, easy for all ages, to see the largest regional nesting ground for the diamondback terrapin. Terrapins are aquatic turtles that live in marshes. Participants can learn about the Land Trust's terrapin research project that began in 1990, while enjoying the gentle coastal walking trails along Hundred Acre Cove. Summer sunsets across the water can be spectacular.

"Rhode Island's land trusts are protecting some of the best places to ‘unplug,’ get outdoors and relax in nature. During Land Trust Days, land trusts around the state are sharing these special places so that everyone knows where they are and enjoys them," said Rupert Friday, executive director of the RI Land Trust Council.

Land Trust Days are the public’s opportunity to discover some of Rhode Island's best trails, including some new trails that traverse spectacular preserves. Over the next six weeks, there is a calendar full of activities and special events with something that appeals to everyone. During Land Trust Days there are opportunities to go on a full moon walk. Enjoy the view from the highest points in Newport and Providence, and take in a four-mile vista in Glocester. To tour farms and have fun at family festivals. To learn about insects, champion trees and edible wild plants, and learn the history of stone walls built in colonial times. To watch migrating birds being banded for research. To join a Salt Pond "safari" in Westerly, or go paddling in Warren.  

The Nockum Hill walk is sponsored by the Barrington Land Conservation Trust and the RI Land Trust Council, the coordinator of Land Trust Days. It is also co-sponsored by Barrington 300 and the Barrington Recreation Department.

For more information on the Barrington Land Conservation Trust, please visit the BLCT website and BLCT Facebook. For more Land Trust Day activities statewide, visit the Land Trust Days website, www.landtrustdays.org; the RI Land Trust website, www.rilandtrusts.org or on Meetup.

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