Newport RI Ballard Park

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2014 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
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January 22
10:00 to 11:00 am
Winter Hike
Naturalist Charles Avenengo and a FBP educator will point out animal tracks and evidence of park dwellers as you hike the thirteen acre preserve. $5 suggested donation/$15 group. Hazard Road entrance. Rain date: February 1st).
February 20, 21 & 22
6:00 to 9:00 pm
Ballard Exploration Company Inc. presents the
9th Annual Illuminated Garden
A Blooming Garden of Lights in the Quarry Meadow - FREE
March 26
1:00 to 2:30 pm
Home School Discovery Class:
Trees
Ballard Park provides an outdoor learning laboratory for children. Hands-on lessons will be taught while walking the thirteen acre nature preserve. Best suited for children 6 to 12 years old. Younger and older siblings welcome. Drop in rate is $7 per student. Adults are free and encouraged to attend. Rain date is the following Monday. Pre-registration is required. Call 401.619.3377 or e-mail education@ballardpark.org to register or for more information.
March 29
10:00 to 11:00 am
Charlie's Tree Safari
Learn more about the trees of Ballard Park on a hike led by Charlie Ridolf, the City of Newport's forester and Jaclyn Lewandowski, Friends of Ballard Park's educator. Charlie and Jackie will explain how to identify a tree by examining its bark and leaves and share unique ways to figure out a tree's height and age. Meet at the Hazard Road gate. Suggested donation: $5/person, $15/group
April 26
9:00 to 11:00 am
moved to May 3rd due to weather
Earth Day Clean Up & Tour
9 am Clean Up followed by a free tour of Ballard Park at 11 am.
Come for one or both.
April 30
1:00 to 2:30 pm
Home School Discovery Class:
Geology
All three rock types (igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary) are found in Ballard Park. Learn how to identify them and what makes them different.
Ballard Park provides an outdoor learning laboratory for children. Hands-on lessons will be taught while walking the thirteen acre nature preserve. Best suited for children 6 to 12 years old. Younger and older siblings welcome. Drop in rate is $7 per student. Adults are free and encouraged to attend. Rain date is the following Monday. Pre-registration is required. Call 401.619.3377 or e-mail education@ballardpark.org to register or for more information.
May 3
8:00 to 10:00 pm
Star Gazing
Escape the Newport lights and take a look at the night skies. Settle down in the quarry meadow as expert Robert Horton and Scott MacNeill of Brown University guides you around the spring constellations. Bring a comfy chair, blankets, warm clothes, warm drinks and a flashlight. There will be some telescopes for up-close viewing. Suggested donation: $5/person, $15/group
May 10
8 to 9 am
Bird Walk
Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day with a guided hike through Ballard Park in search of our feathered friends. Dr. Jameson Chace, Associate Biology Professor and Director of Environmental Studies at Salve Regina University will guide attendees on the walk sharing his expertise while looking for feathered friends and migratory species

The bird walk is an opportunity for event goers to learn more about bird identification by sight and sound. All birding levels are welcome. Event goers should wear sturdy shoes and bring binoculars if they have them. Suggested donation of $5 per person and $15 per group

May 21
1:00 to 2:30 pm
Home School Discovery Class:
Animals and Habitats
Ballard Park is home to a plethora of animals. Learn about them and their habitats which include a vernal pond, meadow and forest. Ballard Park provides an outdoor learning laboratory for children. Hands-on lessons will be taught while walking the thirteen acre nature preserve. Best suited for children 6 to 12 years old. Younger and older siblings welcome. Drop in rate is $7 per student. Adults are free and encouraged to attend. Rain date is the following Monday. Pre-registration is required. Call 401.619.3377 or e-mail education@ballardpark.org to register or for more information.
June 7
6:00 to 8:00 pm

Fundraiser at Edgehill!
Enjoy wine from Les Ballard's wine cellar, food from McGrath Clambakes, Inc., jazz by the Ben Shaw Quartet and great company. Terrific Silent Auction items too! $125 per person
June 15
10 am
Father's Day Hike
Kids, bring dad on a hike of Ballard Park for Father's Day! Meet at the Hazard Road entrance. Friends of Ballard Park staff will host a guided tour of the thirteen acre park providing information on its unique features and history. Hazard Road entrance. Suggested donation: $10/family. FREE for Newport County residents as part of the Newport Hospitality Days.
June 16
10 am
Attraction's Day Hike
Friends of Ballard Park staff will host a guided tour of the thirteen acre park providing information on its unique features and history. Hazard Road entrance. Suggested donation: $5. FREE for Newport County residents as part of the Newport Hospitality Days.
June 17
6 to 7 pm
Yoga in the Park
All levels welcome for class in the quarry with instructor Nicole Dieso - $10 per person
June 24
6 to 7 pm
Yoga in the Park
All levels welcome for class in the quarry with instructor Nicole Dieso - $10 per person
June 25
1:00 to 2:30 pm
Home School Discovery Class:
Insects & Butterflies
Ballard Park provides an outdoor learning laboratory for children. Hands-on lessons will be taught while walking the thirteen acre nature preserve. Best suited for children 6 to 12 years old. Younger and older siblings welcome. Drop in rate is $7 per student. Adults are free and encouraged to attend. Rain date is the following Monday. Pre-registration is required. Call 401.619.3377 or e-mail education@ballardpark.org to register or for more information.
June 28
10 to 11 am
Butterfly Count
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 40-years, volunteers have collected data from survey sites throughout North America - now you can be one of them!

The Newport County count has been conducted for nearly a decade. This includes data from Balllard Park. Despite poor weather in 2013, the Newport County count tallied 28-butterfly species with 993 individual butterflies. This year, for the first time, the public is invited, and participants will help to observe and record these amazing creatures.

Because butterflies represent the sunny side of life, and good weather is required, a potential rain date will be conducted the following day, Sunday, June 29. FREE

July 1
6 to 7 pm
Yoga in the Park
All levels welcome for class in the quarry with instructor Nicole Dieso - $10 per person
July 8
6 to 7 pm
Yoga in the Park
All levels welcome for class in the quarry with instructor Nicole Dieso- $10 per person. DUE TO LACK OF INTEREST, THIS SERIES HAS BEEN CANCELLED
July 9
7 to 8:30 pm
Jenkins Construction presents
MUSIC MONTH CONCERT by The Larry Brown Swinglane Orchestra
A concert in the quarry meadow - FREE
July 10
1:00 to 2:30 pm
Children's Workshop
Habitat Hike
Ballard Park provides an outdoor learning laboratory for children. Hands-on lessons will be taught while walking the thirteen acre nature preserve. Best suited for children 7 to 12 years old. $7 per person. Rain date is the next day. Pre-registration is required. Call 401.619.3377 or e-mail education@ballardpark.org to register or for more information.
July 16
7 to 8:30 pm
Jenkins Construction presents
MUSIC MONTH CONCERT by The Moldy Suitcases
A concert in the quarry meadow - FREE
July 16
9 to 10:30 pm
Apres Concert Sky Gazing
Great viewing of the summer Milky Way and Saturn and its moons and rings. Experts Robert Horton and Scott MacNeill of Brown University will bring their telescopes. Suggested Donation: $5 per person, $15 per group
July 17
1:00 to 2:30 pm
Children's Workshop
Vernal Pond Investigation
Children will investigate the one acre vernal pond and learn about the animals that live there. Ballard Park provides an outdoor learning laboratory for children. Best suited for children 7 to 12 years old. $7 per person. Rain date is the next day. Pre-registration is required. Call 401.619.3377 or e-mail education@ballardpark.org to register or for more information.
July 23
10:00 to 11:00 am
Jenkins Construction presents
MUSIC MONTH CONCERT by The Toe Jam Puppet Band
Children of all ages will enjoy this interactive and entertaining band. - FREE
July 23
7 to 8:30 pm
Jenkins Construction presents
MUSIC MONTH CONCERT by Chelley, Bill & Dyl
A concert in the quarry meadow - FREE
July 24
1:00 to 2:30 pm
Children's Workshop
Navigation & Exploration
Children will learn how to use a compass, tie knots and other outdoor safety skills. Best suited for children 7 to 12 years old. $7 per person. Rain date is the next day. Pre-registration is required. Call 401.619.3377 or e-mail education@ballardpark.org to register or for more information.
July 31
1:00 to 2:30 pm
Children's Workshop
Rocks Rock!
All three rock types (igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic) are found in Ballard Park. Kids will see all three types and learn what makes them different. Best suited for children 7 to 12 years old. $7 per person. Rain date is the next day. Pre-registration is required. Call 401.619.3377 or e-mail education@ballardpark.org to register or for more information.
August 4
4:00 to 6:00 pm
Mad Hatter Iced Tea Party
Enjoy tea sandwiches, desserts and an assortment of iced teas in between playing croquet making your own crazy hat and participating in the Alice in Wonderland-themed Scavenger Hunt along the trails of Ballard Park. Enter at Hazard Road. Tickets - adults $20; children $10.
August 6
dusk
American Realty Capital presents
MOVIES ON THE ROCKS: Jaws
An outdoor movie screening - FREE
August 7
1 to 2:30 pm
Children's Workshop
Dragonflies & Butterflies
An assortment of dragonflies and butterflies make their home in Ballard Park's quarry meadow. Children will learn about them and make their own terrariums that mimic a meadow habitat. Best suited for children 7 to 12 years old. $7 per person. Rain date is the next day. Pre-registration is required. Call 401.619.3377 or e-mail education@ballardpark.org to register or for more information.
August 13
dusk
American Realty Capital presents
MOVIES ON THE ROCKS: Harry Potter
An outdoor movie screening - FREE
August 14
1 to 2:30 pm
Children's Workshop
Natural Shelters

Participants will learn how natural shelters are used and built by animals and humans then build their own. Children will learn about them and make their own terrariums that mimic a meadow habitat. Best suited for children 7 to 12 years old. $7 per person. Rain date is the next day. Pre-registration is required. Call 401.619.3377 or e-mail education@ballardpark.org to register or for more information.
August 20
dusk
American Realty Capital presents
MOVIES ON THE ROCKS: Happy Feet
An outdoor movie screening - FREE
August 21
1 to 2:30 pm
Children's Workshop
Orienteering

Utilizing orienteering skills, children will create their own map of Ballard Park then use it to hike through the park. Best suited for children 7 to 12 years old. $7 per person. Rain date is the next day. Pre-registration is required. Call 401.619.3377 or e-mail education@ballardpark.org to register or for more information.
August 23
10 to 11 am
Summer Hike
Learn about the history of Ballard Park and its unique features on a guided walk through the thirteen acre nature preserve. Meet at the Hazard Road entrance. Suggested donation $5 per person; $15 per group.
August 27
dusk
American Realty Capital presents
MOVIES ON THE ROCKS: The Jungle Book
An outdoor movie screening - FREE
September 20
8:00 to 9:30 pm
Sky Gazing in the Quarry Meadow with Robert Horton and Scott MacNeill
Robert Horton and Scott MacNeill at Brown University will give event goers an up close look at the moon and guide them around the constellations. Bring a comfy chair, blankets and a flashlight. There will be telescopes for up-close viewing. Quarry meadow - use Hazard Road entrance.

Suggested donation of $5 per person and $15 per group. Rain date: September 27th
October 24th
8 am to 12 noon
Daffodil Planting
Celebrate Newport's 375th Anniversary by helping us to plant 18,000 (!!) daffodil bulbs in the quarry meadow of Ballard Park.
October 25th
5:00 pm
People's Credit Union presents
HALLOWEEN MOVIE NIGHT
Two outdoor movies plus a children's costume parade and contest - FREE
October 30th
Ballard Park's 24th Birthday