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How Scientists Measure and Map Change on Napatree Point – a walk

September 23, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Watch Hill Conservancy and the Watch Hill Fire District invite you on an educational field trip at Napatree Point! At Napatree Point Conservation Area, change is part of the ecological and geological fabric. Our stewardship of Napatree is designed to allow natural changes to occur and to minimize the adverse effects of changes caused by human impacts. Join the scientists from the University of Rhode Island as they show us how they map changes in vegetation, wildlife, and the underwater habitats off the Napatree shore using on-the-ground monitoring systems, small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, and imagery from aircraft. This walk will be an interesting demonstration of how modern technology can be used to conserve and protect our plants, animals, and natural ecosystems.

Note: The terrains are uneven, and there will be beach sand. Reservations are not required. Rain date is scheduled for September 30, same time.

Send any additional questions to Janice Sassi at For more information on the event you may visit this link here, as for the organisation you can check out their Facebook here.

Napatree Point Conservation Area is located at 1 Fort Road (Watch Hill), Westerly, RI.
From Route 95 North: Take Exit 92 for Pawcatuck, Connecticut. Turn right turn onto Route 2 (Liberty Street). Merge onto Route 78 towards Westerly. Follow the directions below from the end of Route 78. From Route 95 South: Take Exit 1 for Westerly, Rhode Island. Turn right off the exit ramp. Travel approximately 5.5 miles on Route 3. Turn left onto Route 78 and follow until the end, approximately 2.6 miles. Cross Rt 1 through the traffic light which will put you on Airport Road. Travel 1.4 miles to the end. Turn left onto Watch Hill Road and proceed approximately 4 miles until you enter Watch Hill Village. This is Bay Street. Once parked, follow the harbor sea wall past the shops and the Watch Hill Yacht Club all the way out to the entrance to Napatree. The walk will begin at the entrance of Napatree Point Conservation Area by the Misquamicut Club Beach Club. There is no parking at the entrance to Napatree, but within easy walking distance. Parking along the street is free, and in the parking lot by the shops on Bay Street, both of which is limited to 2 hours. There are two fee based parking lots for all-day parking, one on Bay Street and the other on Larkin Road.



September 23, 2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Napatree Point Conservation Area
Fort Road
Westerly, RI 02891 United States
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