Newport RI Ballard Park

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2017 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
January 14
2 to 3 pm
HIKE
Bundle up and enjoy some fresh air as you hear about the site’s unique history (a former working quarry) as you get some fresh air! Meet at the Hazard Road entrance. $5 suggested donation; $15 per group. Call 401.619.3377 or e-mail education@ballardpark.org to register. Drop-ins welcome. Rain date: 1/15.

January 18
1 to 2:30 pm

HOME SCHOOL CLASS: Winter Ecology
The change of seasons means big changes for the plants and animals of Ballard Park. Bundle up and joins us to learn about the different strategies plants and animals use to cope with the cold winter months. Hibernation, seed dispersal, migration and adaptation will be explained through hands-on activities and environmental games. Ages 7 to 12 years old. Fee $5 per child. Hazard Road entrance. Click here to register.

February 23, 24 & 25
6:00 to 9:00 pm

Ballard Exploration Company Inc.
presents
12th Annual Illuminated Garden
A Blooming Garden of Lights in the Quarry Meadow - FREE


March 25
2 to 3 pm

Spring Equinox Hike
Celebrate the first Saturday of spring with a hike at Ballard Park. Learn about the thirteen acre site’s history while exploring the mile+ of trails. Meet at the Hazard Road entrance. $5 suggested donation; $15 per group. Call 401.619.3377 or e-mail education@ballardpark.org to register. Drop-ins welcome. Rain date: 3/26


April 19
1 to 2:30 pm

CHILDREN'S NATURE WORKSHOP: Forest
Ages 7 to 12 years old. Fee $5 per child. Hazard Road entrance.


April 22
9 to 11 am

Earth Day Clean Up & Tour
Volunteer to give Newport’s Only Nature Preserve a Spring cleaning! We'll pick up trash, prune trails and remove invasives. Clean up starts at 9 am. All are invited to partake in a free tour of the park at 11 am. Hazard Road entrance.
Come for one or both. Rain date: April 23.


April 22
11 am to 12 noon

Earth Day Clean Tour
Celebrate Mother Earth and learn about the thirteen acre site’s history while exploring the mile+ of trails. Meet at the Hazard Road entrance Rain date: April 23.


May 6
8:30 to 10 pm

Sky Gazing with Robert Horton and Scott MacNeill
Robert Horton and Scott MacNeill from Brown University will bring their high powered telescopes to give a tour of the Spring skies. Bright gibbous moon will make for a nice viewing subject and Jupiter will be near the moon. $5 suggested donation; $15 suggested per group/family. Hazard Road entrance. Rain date: May 7th.


May 7
8 to 9 am

Bird Walk with Patty O’Neill
Join birder Patty O’Neill as she points out late migrant and breeding birds in Ballard Park. Wickham Road entrance directly across from Rogers High School. $5 suggested donation


May 20
2 to 3 pm

Spring Mushroom Hike
2 to 3 pm Join expert mushroom hunters, Ryan Bouchard and Emily Schmidt, for a guided hike through Ballard Park. Ryan and Emily will share foraging secrets as well as information about the unique roles fungi play in the ecosystem. There are many mushrooms that favor maple trees which are the most popular tree in Ballard Park. Meet at the Hazard Road entrance. $5 suggested donation.

June 3
6:00 to 8:00 pm

10th Anniversary Fundraiser at Edgehill!
Enjoy wine from Les Ballard's wine cellar, food from McGrath Clambakes, Inc., live music and great company. Terrific Silent Auction items too! $125 per person

June 18
11 am

Father’s Day Hike
Take Dad out for a hike to celebrate Father’s Day! Learn about the history of Ballard Park and explore the trails of the thirteen acre nature preserve. Held in association with RI Families in Nature. Meet at the Hazard Road entrance. $5 suggested donation.


June 24
11 am to 12 noon

Butterfly Count at Ballard Park
The public is welcome to come to Ballard Park on Saturday, June 24th from 11 am to 12 noon to learn about butterflies. Naturalist Charles Avenengo will share tips and tidbits about butterflies while participating in the North American Butterfly Association's annual Butterfly Count. The count represents the longest running citizen-scientist butterfly monitoring program in existence. For almost forty years volunteers have collected data from survey sites throughout North America. Meet at the Hazard Road entrance of Ballard Park (21 Hazard Road). Call 401.619.3377 or e-mail education@ballardpark.org for more information. FREE


July 6
1 to 2:30 pm

CHILDREN'S NATURE WORKSHOP
The class is best suited for children 6 to 12 years old. Younger and older siblings welcome. Fee is $5 per student. Adults are free and encouraged to attend. Ages 7 to 12 years old. Fee $5 per child. Hazard Road entrance. Rain date is the following Monday.


July 12
7 to 8:30 pm

Jenkins Construction presents:
A Concert by FOLSOM
Aquidneck Island’s Johnny Cash tribute band pays homage to Johnny Cash’s music as well as the influence his music has made on modern country music. Up tempo songs and contagious enthusiasm will get you up and dancing!

Seating is on the grass- bring a blanket or lawn chair and arrive 15 minutes prior to the performance to ensure a place to park and time to make your way down to the quarry meadow. Use Hazard Road entrance. In the event of rain, the concert will be held Thursday, July 13. FREE


July 13
1 to 2:30 pm

CHILDREN'S NATURE WORKSHOP
The class is best suited for children 6 to 12 years old. Younger and older siblings welcome. Fee is $5 per student. Adults are free and encouraged to attend. Ages 7 to 12 years old. Fee $5 per child. Hazard Road entrance.
Rain date is the following Monday.


July 19
7 to 8:30 pm

Jenkins Construction presents:
A Concert by The Larry Brown Swinglane Orchestra

The popular seventeen piece Swingland Orchestra is a group of professional musicians playing jazz, swing and big band music that is wonderful to dance to and easy on the ears. Bandleader Don Chilton.

Seating is on the grass- bring a blanket or lawn chair and arrive 15 minutes prior to the performance to ensure a place to park and time to make your way down to the quarry meadow. Use Hazard Road entrance. In the event of rain, the concert will be held Thursday, July 20. FREE


July 20
1 to 2:30 pm

CHILDREN'S NATURE WORKSHOP
The class is best suited for children 6 to 12 years old. Younger and older siblings welcome. Fee is $5 per student. Adults are free and encouraged to attend. Ages 7 to 12 years old. Fee $5 per child. Hazard Road entrance.

Rain date is the following Monday.


July 26
10 to 11 am

Jenkins Construction presents:
A Concert by The Toe Jam Puppet Band
Bubbles, hula hoops, squirt guns and costumes will get kids movin’ and groovin’. Offering a special brand of hands-on children’s entertainment, the Toe Jam Puppet Band encourages kids and parents to sing and dance along with the band as they entertain with a unique combination of original songs and storytelling.

Seating is on the grass- bring a blanket or lawn chair and arrive 15 minutes prior to the performance to ensure a place to park and time to make your way down to the quarry meadow. Use Hazard Road entrance. FREE


July 26
7 to 8:30 pm

Jenkins Construction presents:
A Concert by The Ravers

They’ve been rocking Rhode Island for 29 years! Newport’s favorite reggae band: The Ravers! Carey Bowman will be rocking the vocals with Adam Alechio on guitar, Ray Gennari on bass, Doug Ernest on drums, Mike Dansereau on keys, Dan Moretti on sax and Doug Woolverton on trumpet.

Seating is on the grass- bring a blanket or lawn chair and arrive 15 minutes prior to the performance to ensure a place to park and time to make your way down to the quarry meadow. Use Hazard Road entrance. In the event of rain, the concert will be held Thursday, July 27. FREE


July 27
1 to 2:30 pm

CHILDREN'S NATURE WORKSHOP
The class is best suited for children 6 to 12 years old. Younger and older siblings welcome. Fee is $5 per student. Adults are free and encouraged to attend. Ages 7 to 12 years old. Fee $5 per child. Hazard Road entrance.
Rain date is the following Monday.


August 2
dusk (8:15 to 8:30 pm)

MOVIES ON THE ROCKS: Finding Dory
Plus a short provided by FLICKERS Rhode Island International Film Festival
Amnesiac blue tang Dory searches for her long-lost parents with the help of pals Nemo and Marlin. She eventually heads for California and the Monterey Marine Life Institute, evading predators along the way as she hopes to find a place she can call home. Featuring the voices of Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks. Rated PG; 103 minutes; 2016

Seating is on the grass- bring a blanket or lawn chair and arrive 15 minutes prior to the screening to ensure a place to park and time to make your way down to the quarry meadow. Use Hazard Road entrance. Rain date is August 3rd.


August 3
1 to 2:30 pm

CHILDREN'S NATURE WORKSHOP
The class is best suited for children 6 to 12 years old. Younger and older siblings welcome. Fee is $5 per student. Adults are free and encouraged to attend. Ages 7 to 12 years old. Fee $5 per child. Hazard Road entrance.

Rain date is the following Monday.


August 9
dusk (8:15 to 8:30 pm)

MOVIES ON THE ROCKS: Beetlejuice
Plus a short provided by FLICKERS Rhode Island International Film Festival
Tim Burton’s comedy-fantasy revolves around a recently deceased young couple (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) who become ghosts haunting their former home, and an obnoxious, devious ghost named Betelgeuse (pronounced "Beetlejuice", portrayed by Michael Keaton) from the Netherworld who tries to scare away the new inhabitants permanently. Rated PG; 92 minutes; 1988

Seating is on the grass- bring a blanket or lawn chair and arrive 15 minutes prior to the screening to ensure a place to park and time to make your way down to the quarry meadow. Use Hazard Road entrance. Rain date is August 10th.


August 10
1 to 2:30 pm

CHILDREN'S NATURE WORKSHOP
The class is best suited for children 6 to 12 years old. Younger and older siblings welcome. Fee is $5 per student. Adults are free and encouraged to attend. Ages 7 to 12 years old. Fee $5 per child. Hazard Road entrance.

Rain date is the following Monday.


August 16
dusk (8:00 to 8:15 pm)

MOVIES ON THE ROCKS: The Birds
Plus a short provided by FLICKERS Rhode Island International Film Festival
Alfred Hitchcock’s horror-thriller about a wealthy San Francisco socialite (Tippi Hedren) who pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people. Rated PG-13; 120 minutes; 1963

Seating is on the grass- bring a blanket or lawn chair and arrive 15 minutes prior to the screening to ensure a place to park and time to make your way down to the quarry meadow. Use Hazard Road entrance.Rain date is August 17th.


August 19
10 to 11 am

Summer Hike
Enjoy a summer hike at Ballard Park. FBP staff will discuss the history and habitats of Ballard Park as we hike the mile+ of trails. Meet at the Hazard Road entrance. $5 suggested donation. Rain date: August 20.


August 23
dusk (8:00 to 8:15 pm)

MOVIES ON THE ROCKS: Star Wars Rogue One
Plus a short provided by FLICKERS Rhode Island International Film Festival
The 2016 epic space opera is the first installment of the Star Wars Anthology series set immediately before the events of the original Star Wars. Rogue One follows a group of rebels on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star, the Galactic Empire’s superweapon. Rated PG-13; 133 minutes

Seating is on the grass- bring a blanket or lawn chair and arrive 15 minutes prior to the screening to ensure a place to park and time to make your way down to the quarry meadow. Use Hazard Road entrance. Rain date is August 24th.


September 23
7:30 to 9:00 pm

Sky Gazing with Robert Horton and Scott MacNeill
Robert Horton and Scott MacNeill from Brown University will bring their high powered telescopes to give a tour of the fall skies. The crescent moon and plenty of bright deep sky objects (nebulae, star clusters and galaxies) will be visible. $5 suggested donation; $15 suggested per group/family. Hazard Road entrance. Rain date: September 24th.


October 14
1 to 3 pm

People's Credit Union presents
HALLOWEEN DANCE PARTY & COSTUME CONTEST
People's Credit Union presents a FREE Halloween Dance Party & Costume Contest on Saturday, October 14th from 1 to 3 pm in the quarry meadow of Ballard Park.

DJ Butch will play spooky tunes and Halloween favorites. At 2 pm, we'll invite children to line up for a costume parade. Celebrity judges will be on hand to select winners in three categories: cutest, scariest and most original.

November 10
10 am to 12 pm

MORNING MEANDER FOR KIDS
Start your three day weekend with an adventure for the kids at Ballard Park! They’ll learn how talons help hawk to hunt, why bird beaks differ in size and traits a skunk uses to survive as they hike the habitats of Ballard Park. Children aged 7 to 12. $5 per child. Meet at the Hazard Road entrance. Call 401.619.3377 or e-mail education@ballardpark.org to register.


November tbd
1 to 3 pm

MUSHROOM HIKE
Join expert ‘schroom hunters, Ryan Bouchard and Emily Schmidt, for a guided hike through Ballard Park. Ryan and Emily will share foraging secrets as well as information about the unique roles fungi play in the ecosystem. Meet at the Hazard Road entrance. $5 suggested donation. Rain date: Nov 13. Call 401.619.3377 or e-mail education@ballardpark.org to register.

December 16
2 to 3 pm

WINTER EQUINOX HIKE
Explore Ballard Park and learn about the winter dwellers that call it home during the snowy winter months. Meet at the Hazard Road entrance. $5 suggested donation. Rain date: December 17.