With many events and activities canceled this year due to Covid-19, this could be the perfect time to lose yourself in the natural wonder of Block Island through self-guided nature walks, scavenger hunts and virtual tours. But to be sure you don’t actually get lost, there are numerous resources at your disposal, provided by The Nature Conservancy and Block Island Conservancy.
Available anytime, the two groups have a number of self-guided nature walks, trail maps and guides, nature scavenger hunts for the kiddos, and even virtual tours of the island’s natural highlights.
Information for walking tours and their associated maps and guides can be found at conservancy kiosks near nature trails on the island or they can be downloaded online by visiting www.natureblockisland.org/trail-guides-maps. Kiosks are located at Rodman's Hollow, Clay Head, Nathan Mott Park, Mohegan Bluffs and Ocean View Pavilion.
Scavenger hunt information can also be found at the kiosks or by visiting www.natureblockisland.org/weekly-nature-scavenger-hunts. The hunts, which change weekly, challenge kids to get out into nature to see if they can spot a specific list of plants, animals and other natural items. They are then encouraged to upload photos of their finds to the Block Island Conservancy Scavenger Hunt Facebook group (www.facebook.com/groups/748329975707871/?source_id=166079953452353), or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org to earn a prize.
And finally, the organizations are hosting virtual tours of Block Island’s natural highlights. Every Monday at 9am, Nature Conservancy naturalist Kim Gaffett hosts a zoom call to showcase aspects of the island’s unique ecosystems, with locations changing weekly. You can find a link to and information on how to join the call by visiting
www.natureblockisland.org/virtual-tours-nature-highlights, where you can also find recordings of