Newport RI Ballard Park

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2016 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
January 20, 2016
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.
January 23
11 am to 12:30 pm
GIRL SCOUTS: Animal Tracking
Join us on an animal tracking adventure that is just for scouts! We’ll take to the trails in search of wildlife and the evidence they’ve left behind. Lear to identify tracks, scat and other clues on a fun hike around Ballard Park’s thirteen acres. Brownies and Junior Scouts. $5 per scout. Meet at the Hazard Road entrance. Callll 401.619.3377 or e-mail education@ballardpark.org to register. Drop-ins welcome. Rain date: 1/24.
January 23
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) and about the winter dwellers that live in Ballard Park. 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: 1/24.
February 10
1 to 2:30 pm
HOME SCHOOL CLASS: Orienteering
Take to the trails in search of adventure Participants will learn to read a trail map and basic compass skills. Then we’ll use these skills to seek out clues hidden on the trails of Ballard Park. Ages 7 to 12 years old. Fee $5 per child. Hazard Road entrance. Click here to register.

February 18, 19 & 20
6:00 to 9:00 pm
Ballard Exploration Company Inc. presents the
11th Annual Illuminated Garden
A Blooming Garden of Lights in the Quarry Meadow - FREE
March 16
1 to 2:30 pm
HOME SCHOOL CLASS: Ballard Rocks!
Participants will explore Ballard Park searching for samples of all three rock types: sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic. they will learn how these rocks were formed and sculpted by glaciers and erosion. Teams will work together to identify rock samples and classify soil profiles. Ages 7 to 12 years old. Fee $5 per child. Hazard Road entrance. Click here to register.
March 20
1 to 2:30 pm
Spring Equinox Hike
Celebrate the first day 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 16
11 am to 12:30 pm
GIRL SCOUTS: Tree Safari
There is so much to learn about trees! Examine the trees of Ballard Park and learn how to identify them by their leaves and bark. Complete your own tree guide to take home. Brownies and Junior Scouts. $5 per scout. Email education@ballardpark.org to register individually or as a troop. Rain date: April 17.
April 16
2 to 3 pm
Tree Hike
Newport Arboretum Week is a terrific time to learn more about the trees in Ballard Park. Maple trees are the most popular but you’ll see elm, oak, birch, cherry, autumn olive, and a nice grove of quaking aspen as our staff leads a hike through the park’s thirteen acres. Meet at the Hazard Road entrance. $5 suggested donation. Rain date: April 17th.
April 19
1 to 2:30 pm
AFTERNOON ADVENTURE: Charlie's Tree Safari
Charlie Ridolf, forester for the City of Newport, will lead an expedition through Ballard Park for children. He will point out various species of trees and ways kids can identify them. Meet at the Hazard Road entrance. Suggested donation $5. Register by e-mailing education@ballardpark.org.
April 20
1 to 2:30 pm
HOME SCHOOL CLASS: Tree Investigator
Trees go through incredible transformations as the seasons change, and children will learn when, why and how changes occur. They will learn tree anatomy, the purpose of leaf pigmentation and roots, and how to figure out a tree's age. Students will leave Ballard Park with the ability to identify some native and nonnative trees. Ages 7 to 12 years old. Fee $5 per child. Hazard Road entrance. Click here to register.
April 23
2 to 4 pm
Daffy Bouquet Bar
The public is invited to enjoy live music by Ted & Ed as they meander through Ballard Park's quarry meadow where 19,000 daffodils will be blooming. Spring flowers will be available for purchase at a 'Bouquet Bar' and photographer Jennifer Carter will be on site to take your picture. Or feel free to bring your own camera. A Newport Daffodil Days event. Hazard Road entrance. Rain date: April 24th.
April 30
9 to 11 am
Earth Day Clean Up & Tour
Volunteer to give Newport’s Only Nature Preserve a Spring cleaning! Clean up starts at 9 am. All are invited to partake in a free tour of the park at 11 am when staff of Friends of Ballard Park will share the site’s history and point out some of its unique features. Hazard Road entrance.
Come for one or both. Rain date: May 1st.
May 11
1 to 2:30 pm
HOME SCHOOL CLASS: Patterns in Nature
What do pinecones, seashells and flower petals have in common? They all share a number pattern that can be found almost everywhere in nature. Learn about the Fibonacci number sequence and discover the many places it can be spotted. Ages 7 to 12 years old. Fee $5 per child. Hazard Road entrance. Click here to register.
May 14
8 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. The moon will be one day past first quarter phase and Jupiter will be visible. $5 suggested donation; $15 suggested per group/family. Hazard Road entrance
May 21
2 to 3 pm
Spring Hike
Enjoy Ballard Park in bloom! FBP staff will point out blooming trees and flowers including our trail of Lily of the Valley. Meet at the Hazard Road entrance. $5 suggested donation. Rain date: May 22.
May 25
1 to 2:30 pm
HOME SCHOOL CLASS: Natural Builders
Learn about the amazing builders that live in Ballard Park and discover the functions and characteristics of their homes. After students learn about the special techniques animals use to make their habitats they will scour the trails in search of various examples and work in teams to try to recreate these animal dwellings. Ages 7 to 12 years old. Fee $5 per child. Hazard Road entrance. Click here to register.
May 28
8 to 9:30 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
June 4
6:00 to 8:00 pm

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 8
1 to 2:30 pm
HOME SCHOOL CLASS: Vernal Pond Ecology
What is a vernal pond and who lives there? Students will have a chance to investigate this unique ecosystem and its inhabitants up close! They will learn to identify large and microscopic organisms and discover how each plays an important role in the vernal pond. Students will leave with an understanding of how both living and nonliving things work together to create a healthy and vibrant ecosystem. Ages 7 to 12 years old. Fee $5 per child. Hazard Road entrance. Click here to register.
June 11
11 am to 12:30 pm
GIRL SCOUTS: Treasure Hunting on the Trails
Take to the trails in search of adventure! Learn to use a compass and a trail map to find the clues hidden around Ballard Park. Juniors, Cadettes, and Senior scouts. $5 per scout. Email education@ballardpark.org to register individually or as a troop. Rain date: June 12.
June 19
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.

Free to Newport Residents and Hospitality Employees as part of Newport Attractions Council Days.

June 20
11 am
Guided Tour of Ballard Park
Learn about the history of Ballard Park and explore the trails of the thirteen acre nature preserve. Meet at the Hazard Road entrance. $5 suggested donation.

Free to Newport Residents and Hospitality Employees as part of Newport Attractions Council Days.
June 22
1 to 2:30 pm
CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP: Pollination nation!
Plants need pollinators to produce fruits and seeds. Without them, we wouldn’t have fruits, vegetables, coffee, or even chocolate! Learn about the important role of bees, butterflies, birds and discover how flowers are designed to attract these animals.

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. Click here to register.
July 6
7 to 8:30 pm
Jenkins Construction presents:
A Concert by The Navy Band Northeast
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 7. FREE
July 7
1 to 2:30 pm
CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP: Bugs & Slugs
Children will flip over rocks, dig in the dirt and enjoy the natural setting of Ballard Park as they search for bugs and slugs. We’ll supply our special bug collecting tools so they can examine the creepy, crawly creatures up close and learn more about their habits and habitats.

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. Click here to register.

Rain date is the following Monday.
July 13
7 to 8:30 pm
Jenkins Construction presents:
A Concert by The Ubiquitones
“Johnny Cash to The Clash. George Jones to the Ramones” accurately captures the wide breadth of music this talented group of musicians -- Greg Burgess, Steve Burke, Dean Cassell, Klem Klimek and Mike Warner -- perform.

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 14. FREE
July 14
1 to 2:30 pm
CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP: Dragonflies & Butterflies
Butterflies and dragonflies are frequent park visitors. The two have many similar traits but each fills a unique niche in the world. Butterflies help to pollinate flowers and are food for dragonflies! Children will learn about them and make their own terrariums that mimic the meadow habitat

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. Click here to register.

Rain date is the following Monday.
July 16
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: July 17.
July 20
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 20
7 to 8:30 pm
Jenkins Construction presents:
A Concert by CHELLEY, BILL & DYL
Whether singing the blues, rock, reggae or pop, Chelley Smith always ties the melodies together with style and soul while Dylan Roy on bass and Bill Cote on guitar offer audiences a swinging good time.

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 21. FREE
July 21
1 to 2:30 pm
CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP: Frogs and Friends
Ballard Park has a one acre vernal pond that is home to a variety of frogs and other amphibians. As they investigate the vernal pond, children will learn about the adaptations amphibians have to help them survive, like absorbing water through their skin so they don’t have to drink!

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. Click here to register.

Rain date is the following Monday.
July 28
1 to 2:30 pm
CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP: Habitat Hike
An assortment of animals call Ballard Park home. Children will learn why animals choose to live in certain areas of the park based on their food and shelter needs through a habitat scavenger hunt that takes them into a forest, along a vernal pond and through a meadow.

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. Click here to register.
Rain date is the following Monday.
August 3
dusk (8:15 to 8:30 pm)
MOVIES ON THE ROCKS: Hotel Transylvania
A free film at Ballard Park

Hotel Transylvania is an animated comedy featuring Dracula’s lavish “five-stake” resort where monsters and their families can live it up free from meddling humans. Over-protective of his teenage daughter, Mavis (Selena Gomez), Dracula (Adam Sandler) fabricates tales of elaborate dangers to dissuade her adventurous spirit. As a haven for Mavis, he opens the Hotel Transylvania, where his daughter and some of the world's most famous monsters can kick back in safety and peace. For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem but his world could come crashing down when one ordinary guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis.

Rated: PG-13; 91 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 4th.

August 4
1 to 2:30 pm
CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP: Colors and Patterns in Nature
How many different shades of green can we find in a forest? What do pinecones, seashells and flower petals have in common? Discover the colors and number patterns found everywhere in nature and create nature patterns of your own to take home!

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. Click here to register.

Rain date is the following Monday.
August 10
dusk (8:15 to 8:30 pm)
MOVIES ON THE ROCKS:
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
An art collector appeals to Jones (Harrison Ford) to embark on a search for the Holy Grail. He learns that another archaeologist has disappeared while searching for the precious goblet, and the missing man is his own father, Dr. Henry Jones (Sean Connery). The artifact is much harder to find than they expected, and its powers are too much for those impure in heart. Rated PG13; 127 minutes; 1989.

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 11th.
August 11
1 to 2:30 pm
CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP: Treasure Hunting on the Trails
Take to the trails in search of adventure! Participants will learn basic navigational skills using a compass and a trail map. Using these skills, teams will work together to find and solve the clues hidden around Ballard Park!

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. Click here to register.

Rain date is the following Monday.
August 17
dusk (8:00 to 8:15 pm)
MOVIES ON THE ROCKS: Dirty Dancing
In 1963, Frances "Baby" Houseman (Jennifer Grey), a sweet daddy's girl, goes with her family to a resort in upstate New York's Catskill Mountains. Unexpectedly, Baby becomes infatuated with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze), a man whose background is vastly different from her own. When Johnny's dance partner, Penny (Cynthia Rhodes), finds herself pregnant after a fling with one of the waiters, Baby volunteers to learn her steps and take her place; however, Baby's father, Dr. Jake Houseman (Jerry Orbach), will have none of it, convinced that Johnny is a low life and that his daughter is too young to understand her own feelings. Rated PG13, 100 minutes. 1987.

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 18th.
August 18
1 to 2:30 pm
CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP: Name That Nest!
Nests aren’t just for birds as children will learn as they hike the park examining trees to determine the birds and animals that live in them. After learning about the special techniques our animals, children will have the opportunity to build their own!

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. Click here to register.

Rain date is the following Monday.
August 20
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 21.
August 24
dusk (8:00 to 8:15 pm)
MOVIES ON THE ROCKS: The Karate Kid
Newly arrived in California from New Jersey, teenager Daniel (Ralph Macchio) almost immediately runs afoul of karate-trained high school bullies. He is rescued by Japanese janitor Miyagi (Noriyuki "Pat" Morita), who agrees to teach Daniel how to harness karate for good instead of brutality. The film culminates in a championship karate bout, pitting Daniel against his sworn enemy Johnny (William Zabka) -- the cruel and thuggish boyfriend of Ali (Elisabeth Shue), with whom Daniel has fallen in love (and vice versa). 126 minutes; PG; 1984.

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 25th.
September 10
8 to 9:30 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. Saturn and Mars will be visible. $5 suggested donation; $15 suggested per group/family. Hazard Road entrance
September 14
1 to 2:30 pm
HOME SCHOOL CLASS: A Bug's Life
Which creepy crawlies call Ballard Park Home? What makes an attractive insect habitat? How do insects play an important role in the environment? Students will learn the answers to these questions and more as they hunt for insects in the meadow and forest habitats. Special bug collecting tools will allow students to capture and observe these critters up close to learn about their special characteristics. Ages 7 to 12 years old. Fee is $5 per child. Hazard Road entrance.
September 17
2 to 3 pm
End of Summer Hike
Celebrate the last days of summer with a hike at Ballard Park. Learn about the site’s history as we explore the mile+ trails of Newport’s only Nature Preserve. Meet at the Hazard Road entrance. $5 suggested donation. Rain date: September 18.
September 28
1 to 2:30 pm
HOME SCHOOL CLASS: Decomposition Discovery
Ever wondered what is just below the soil, or under a pile of leaves? Discover what decomposers are and why they are vital to keeping our environment clean! Learn how energy flows through a food web and how decomposers break down organic material. Work in groups to come up with ways you can help the decomposers keep our environment clean! Fee $5 per child. Hazard Road entrance.
October 8
11 am to 12:30 pm
GIRL SCOUTS: Outdoor Adventure
Scouts will hike through the trails of Ballard Park using their senses to smell fall blossoms, feel textures of barks and listen to the birds chirping. They will learn a new camping skill: knot tying. For Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes.
$5 per scout. E-mail education@ballardpark.org to register individually or as a troop. Rain date: October 9th.
October 8
2 to 3 pm
Fall Hike
Enjoy the colors of fall on a guided 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: October 9.
October 10
1 to 3 pm
AFTERNOON ADVENTURES FOR KIDS!
In celebration of Christopher Columbus (and a day off of school), we'll hold our own discovery adventure for 7 to 12 year olds. They will explore Ballard Park on a hike, participate in a leaf hunt and create a fall craft. $5 per child. Meet at the Hazard Road entrance. E-mail education@ballardpark.org to register.
October 12
1 to 2:30 pm
HOME SCHOOL CLASS: Native vs. Invasive Species
Can you identify which species are native or invasive? Some invasive species have a big impact on our local ecosystems. Students will learn how to identify native and invasive species as they discover ways to prevent invasive species from spreading and help protect the local plants and animals from them. Ages 7 to 12 years old. Fee is $5 per child. Hazard Road entrance.
October 15
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 15th 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. Then we'll have a "Monster Mash Dance Off" and Halloween crafts for them to make.
Wonderful prizes from The Newport Sweet Shoppe!

October 26
1 to 2:30 pm
HOME SCHOOL CLASS: Bats at Ballard
Did you know that there are over a thousand bat species in the world, and only three of them suck blood? Bats may be a popular symbol for Halloween, but they also play a crucial role in the environment. Learn interesting facts about the only flying mammals and their importance in the world.
November 5
6 to 8:30 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. A crescent moon, stars, clusters, nebulae and galaxies should be visible. $5 suggested donation; $15 suggested per group/family. Hazard Road entrance
November 11
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 12
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.
November 16
1 to 2:30 pm
HOME SCHOOL CLASS: A fungus amoung us: Mushrooms
Is it a plant? Is it an animal? It’s more than just a great pizza topping. Fungi come in all shapes and sizes. Discover what a fungus really is and the important role fungi play in the ecosystem. Learn about the unique characteristics of mushrooms, molds, and more as we explore Ballard Park.

December 10
2 to 3 pm
WINTER 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 11.
December 14
1 to 2:30 pm
HOME SCHOOL CLASS: Animal Tracking
Who lives in Ballard Park, and how can we tell they were there? We’ll take to the trails in search of evidence and learn to identify the tracks, scat, and other clues wild life has left behind.