Facility Activities

National wildlife refuges offer us all a chance to unplug from the stressful daily life and reconnect with our natural surroundings. 

The hiking trails at both the headquarters unit and Salt Pond unit of the refuge are open to the public from sunrise to sunset. There are special extended hours for fishing the cinder worm hatch during the month of May.

The Ocean View Trail, accessible from the Kettle Pond Visitor Center, is a 1/2 mile trail marked by 15,000 year-old ridges and depressions shaped by the great ice sheet. At the end of the trail is a tower where visitors are treated to views of Ninigret Pond, coastal shrublands, barrier beaches, and Block Island.  This view ties into the exhibit theme of Kettle Pond Visitor Center, where habitats are "Individually Unique....Ecologically Connected.  Same as our partners, programs, and wildlife!

See flyers of free and fun public programs offered.  Come join us for Mindful Mondays, and family guided walks and crafts. 

 

Hunting is an important wildlife management tool that we recognize as a healthy traditional outdoor pastime, deeply rooted in America's heritage.  Hunting can instill a unique understanding and appreciation of wildlife, their behavior, and their habitat needs.

Ninigret National...

Fishing at Ninigret Pond, the largest coastal salt pond in Rhode Island, is a spectacular treat – not only because of the fish available, but also because of the expansive vistas and gorgeous sunsets. Anglers may saltwater-fish from the refuge shoreline in accordance with state regulations. At...

Wildlife Observation

Spring and fall are favorite viewing times, although something will be seen at any time of year. Over 3 miles of nature trails, interpretive panels, kiosks, and viewing platforms combine to provide a unique and rewarding experience for the refuge...

Environmental Education

Many unique and enjoyable educational opportunities await the visitor to the Salt Pond Unit of Ninigret. Each of the five trails provides a fun and safe way to see and actually be in nature. With assistance from refuge staff, some groups have...

Wildlife Photography

All of the refuges of the Coastal Birding Trail have special species you may encounter. However, there are many northeast bird species that occur anywhere and everywhere in this region. Among the species you will almost certainly see, most of the...