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Local Lands Among 'Land Trust Days'

Veterans Memorial Park and Johannis Farm in Barrington are among the preserved natural areas that are part of the RI Land Trust Council's six-week celebration.

Two of the natural areas preserved by the land trust in Barrington are part of the first-ever Rhode Island Land Trust Days that run from Saturday, Aug. 11, to Saturday, Sept. 29.

The Land Trust Days, sponsored by the RI Land Trust Council, include six weeks of outdoor activities to celebrate natural areas like Veterans Memorial Park in Barrington and Johannis Farm that are just a short walk away.

You can take guided hikes of these natural areas and many more throughout the state, many of which have historic and cultural value above and beyond their natural beauty, according to the Land Trust Council.

Veterans Memorial Park adjacent to the Bayside YMCA is the location for a “day” on Wednesday, Aug. 15, that starts at 4:30 pm. The Barrington Land Conservation Trust and the YMCA are hosting an “All Around Summer Family Night” that includes a guided walk and swim and other family activities.

Numerous other “days” at nature trails and open spaces around the state are involved in “getting the public outdoors to appreciate Rhode Island’s protected lands statewide,” according to the Land Trust Council.

You can explore with your family all of these conservation areas at no charge.

The event at Johannis Farm in Barrington is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 8. The Barrington Land Trust's second activity is a "back to school" event at the farm off of Sowams Road.

Helen Tjader of the Barrington Land Trust and the Land Trust Council, has been an active member in planning the event, as she does for most local Land Trust activities.

“The land trusts across the state were looking for more publicity to bring in more members and volunteers and to let people know about these properties,” said Tjader in a Barrington Times story. “We came up with this idea. I checked online. I don’t think anyone else has done anything like it.

Other natural areas in the East Bay that will host events on Saturday, Aug. 11, include the Sakonnet Greenway in Middletown and the Farnham Farm on Prudence Island.

The former event starts at 9 am; the latter starts at 11 am and includes a hike, silent auction and ice cream social to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of Prudence Island.

Bridgham Farm and the Turner Loop Reservoir Trail in East Providence host the final Land Trust Day on Sept 29.

For the complete schedule of Land Trust Days, go to the RI Land Trust website.

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