After almost seven months of construction, the will open its doors again this week.
An afternoon of fun events and an opening ceremony will help unveil the new exhibits Friday, August 24th from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 pm.
All events are free and the public is welcome. The Visitor Center is located at 769 Sachuest Point Road in Middletown, RI.
"Our efforts to create and install high quality exhibits at Sachuest Point have been a long time coming, over several years actually,” said Janis Nepshinsky, Visitor Services Manager for the National Wildlife Refuges in Rhode Island. “We are excited that we are ready to open our doors and let the public enjoy the exhibits.”
She said the exhibits will help tell the story of Sachuest Point, from use by Native Americans, sheep farming, steeple chases, as a communications center by the U.S. Navy, and now as a National Wildlife Refuge.
As part of the re-opening, several family events are planned for the afternoon, including demonstrations with live birds of prey from Horizon Wings, a touch tank with marine creatures provided by Save the Bay, and fish painting and other activities for younger children including animal Olympics.. Wildlife Refuge staff will be leading tours of habitat management activities, fire management and law enforcement, seining, and a newly installed photo blind. The activities and events will begin at noon and run until 5:00 pm.
The exhibits were made possible thanks to funding provided by the non-profit Friends of the National Wildlife Refuges of Rhode Island and federal transportation funds secured by our congressional delegation.
“We sincerely thank the Friends group, our delegation, and the many local people who donated their expertise, photos, and time to make these exhibits possible and available to the public to enjoy,” Charlie Vandemoer, Refuge Manager for the Fish and Wildlife Service said. “Without their help, the new exhibits just would not have been possible.”
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