Smartphone-Enhanced Outdoor Classroom

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Multigenerational scout outing to identify plants and botanize on the causeway

Now that the new playground and causeway repair are nearly completed, FoSG will focus on conservation of Salter Grove by increasing its educational value.

After hundreds of hours of fieldwork and data analysis, we are well along with the identification of birds (116 species) and flowering plants (114 species), and know when and where they appear in the park. We have also mapped out several nature trails to showcase the variety of habitats at Salter Grove.

People who visit the park regularly are excited about the labeled plants resulting from the fieldwork and are amazed when shown how to use their smartphones on site to get images and songs of breeding birds. Continue reading

Warwick Rep. McNamara Seeks to Restore Salter Grove Bridge

The eastern causeway bridge at Salter Grove during low tide, Feb. 2016. (Credit: Jason Major)

The eastern causeway bridge at Salter Grove during low tide, Feb. 2016. (Credit: Jason Major)

One of the key proponents of improvements to Salter Grove and the efforts of FoSG is Warwick Representative Joseph McNamara, who for safety and access concerns ” is pressing to find the funds to repair a foot bridge that has been impassable since Super Storm Sandy.”

The bridge in question once spanned a gap in the eastern end of the causeway that leads from the parking area of the park to a rock breakwater that runs along upper Narragansett Bay/Providence River and connects Rock Island at the south with Marsh Island to the north.

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