Visitor Activities

  • Hunting

    Hunters on a refuge at sunset - USFWS.

    Waterfowl hunting opportunities are available at Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge.

    Visit our hunting page to learn more.

  • Fishing


    Many fisherman come to the shoreline of our refuge to enjoy the tranquility and to catch striped-bass and other species.  Anglers may saltwater fish from the refuge shoreline from September 16 to March 31 in accordance with State and refuge regulations.

  • Wildlife Viewing

    Observation deck - Ashley Spratt/USFWS.

    The refuge has all of the amenities for our visitors’ enjoyment. A visitor contact station is located at the main parking lot, and is staffed by a group of dedicated volunteers who willingly share their knowledge and information about the refuge with our visitors. Over two miles of nature trails, four viewing platforms, and several interpretive panels create ideal conditions for visitors to view wildlife in a natural setting.

    Coastal Birding Trail (pdf)

  • Interpretation


    There are many interpretive panels along the trails and at the viewing platforms, offering visitors an “ah-ha” moment as they learn about what they are seeing. These panels also offer younger visitors an opportunity to practice their reading skills in front of their adult hiking partners. There are also knowledgeable volunteers, and some research materials at the contact station to answer those questions that aren’t explained by the interpretive panels.

    Trustom Pond Trail Map (pdf)
    Coastal Birding Trail (pdf)

  • Environmental Education

    Child learning on the refuge - USFWS.

    The Friends of the National Wildlife Refuges of Rhode Island conduct an award-winning environmental education program with participants from many elementary schools in Southern Rhode Island. The program seeks to educate schoolchildren, through classroom curricula combined with field-based tours and study, about the importance of barrier beaches and the natural environment. View the Barrier Beach Curriculum. In addition, there are year-round walks and talks conducted by both volunteers and staff who are eager to share their enjoyment of nature with you. Those public programs and many more are listed on our events calendar.

    An EarthCache involves using a GPS unit to go to a certain location. Before going to the location the user needs to research the EarthCache and perform the educational lesson at the site. Visitors to the refuge EarthCaches will discover unique land features, geological processes, and a treasured landscape.

    Approximately 20,000 years ago the last ice age ended. The geography and landscape of Rhode Island and New England is a direct outcome of glacial retreat. Go to the EarthCache page for more information and a quiz.

  • Photography


    Several photographs taken by local photographers are displayed at the contact station, and the Friends group holds an annual photography contest in the fall.