Members of the  public are invited to join the staff of Norman Bird Sanctuary on Monday, November 23rd to celebrate the completion of upgrades to the Universal Trail and the new trailhead entryway.

The ADA-compliant Universal Trail offers an opportunity for individuals with disabilities to establish a connection to the natural world, and helps fulfill a core NBS mission priority to inspire diverse audiences to learn from, enjoy, and care about the environment,

The trail begins at the NBS Welcome Center, where all visitors enter the campus. It will provide individuals using mobility aids with access to self-guided trail exploration as well as participation in education programs on the Universal Trail.

The trailhead entryway has also gone through a series of upgrades designed to protect the local watershed by filtering runoff and reducing erosion, as well as create a vibrant habitat for native species.

This project was made possible through funding from the RI Department of Environmental Management, the US Fish & Wildlife Service, and the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities.

  • When: Monday, November 23rd at 2:00 p.m.
  • Where: Norman Bird Sanctuary – 583 Third Beach Road, Middletown, RI 02842
  • No R.S.V.P. necessary

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).