~ Autumn Day Retreat ~

Roger Williams Park Botanical Center
Sunday, November 10, 2013 

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM


Following our principles of lifelong learning, our autumn retreat is an immersive study in
ecological relationships through the lens of a naturalist. Throughout the day, you will experience the art of birding, learn how to transform your backyard into a haven for wildlife and see the beauty in taking time to appreciate nature's seasonal changes.

What We'll Do...
Hands-on Workshop: Native Roses
Did you know that there are roses native to Rhode Island? Hope Leeson will introduce us to a few species of these native beauties and teach us how to identify them in the wild. We'll also learn how to collect seeds for propagation on our own and make rose-hop tea from plants we find or grow at home!

Hope Leeson is a botanist for the RI Natural History Survey and the project manager for Rhody Native™, an initiative to preserve the biodiversity of RI's native plant communities, wildlife and pollinators through the propagation of genetically native plants. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University.

Educational Workshop: Creating Avian Backyard Habitat
What are the changing needs of birds throughout their lives? What plants provide the food sources birds needs for reproduction and fall migration? This interactive workshop will empower you to enhance the local ecosystem, starting in your yard! 

Vanessa Venturini 
is the State Coordinator of the URI Master Gardener Program and a Rhody Native™ partner, designing educational workshops on native plants for a variety of audiences through her work at the URI Outreach Center. She earned her Master of Environmental Science and Management degree from URI.
Bird Walk: Bird and Plant Interactions
Walk the grounds of the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center with Dan Berard in search of birds. Learn which species are residents of the Park, which are migrants, and how their destination relates to what they are feeding on in the Park.


Dan Berard is a lifelong birder and natural history enthusiast who has led birding tours across North America, in Hawaii, Trinidad, Tobago, Mexico, Panama, and open ocean on both coasts. Dan earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Worcester State College.
Wellness Activity: Yoga or Botanical Stroll
To round out the day, choose between a field walk highlighting the beautiful the winter architecture of the Park's trees and shrubs, or do yoga in the Botanical Center greenhouse. Experience the benefits of a yoga practice that incorporates stretching and twisting sequences and core poses to strengthen back, shoulders and neck. Beginners welcome!


Nan Quinlan is a URI Master Gardener Hall of Fame member with over 1,000 hours of volunteer service completed, who blends her yoga experience with her love of gardening and the outdoors to create a yoga experience that marries the two.

Registration, etc.
Registration: $70.00; register with a friend for $20.00 off your registration!


What to bring: Binoculars and a yoga mat.
Coffee and catered lunch will be provided.


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