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
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 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 tree 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
Jazzy Bouquet Bar
The public is invited to enjoy jazz music by Ted & Ed as they meander through Ballard Parkxs quarry meadow where 19,000 daffodils will be blooming. Spring flowers will be available for purchase at a xBouquet Barx and photographer Jennifer Carter will be on site to take your picturex. 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
7:30 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 6
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 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 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. Meet at the Hazard Road entrance. $5 suggested donation.

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.
July 6
7 to 8:30 pm
Jenkins Construction presents:
MUSIC MONTH AT BALLARD PARK
Free Concert

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 13
7 to 8:30 pm
Jenkins Construction presents:
MUSIC MONTH AT BALLARD PARK
Free Concert

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 16
2 to 3 pm
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:
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 21
7 to 8:30 pm
Jenkins Construction presents:

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

MUSIC MONTH AT BALLARD PARK
Free Concert
August 3
dusk (8:15 to 8:30 pm)
MOVIES ON THE ROCKS
A free film at Ballard Park

Rain date is August 4th.
August 10
dusk (8:15 to 8:30 pm)
MOVIES ON THE ROCKS
A free film at Ballard Park

Rain date is August 11th.
August 17
dusk (8:00 to 8:15 pm)
MOVIES ON THE ROCKS
A free film at Ballard Park

Rain date is August 18th.
August 20
dusk (8:00 to 8:15 pm)
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
A free film at Ballard Park

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
3:30 to 5:00 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
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 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 12
1 to 3 pm
HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY AND PARADE
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 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.