Nature & Outdoors

Cranston Explored Again

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by Josh Wood Monday July 27, 2009

Explore Cranston 09The woods were scoured, the waters were trolled and everyone is OK. (And nobody got lost for more than two hours). Most of the Explorers seemed to enjoy themselves, and the second event of the Explore Cranston series, Nature Close Up, was a success.
The day began with downpours at dawn, ratcheting up the mud and mosquito factor. But by mid-morning the sun had remerged, filling the trails with steam and hikers.
Fishing on the Pawtuxet was slow – zero fish exactly, but plenty of water weeds, tree limbs and a baby snapping turtle. The cormorants were trying their best to mock us by insisting that fish could only be caught with webbed feet and stellar diving skills.
A big thanks to Lenny and his infinite patience the Rhode Island DEM’s Aquatic Resource Education program.

The third and final event, Take Yourself To Sea, falls on Saturday, August 8. US Sailing Certified Instructors will get you sailing in a comfortable classic Rhodes19 keelboat. No experience is required. Sign up at

Pictured above: Explore Cranston event organizer Steve Stycos and crew of young Explorers

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Tuesday August 28, 2012

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Friday September 24, 2010

Open Space Up For Grabs

Hey, Floating Deer Head here. I just wanted to let you know that there’s an opportunity for Cranston to protect 50 acres of farmlands and forest on Natick Avenue. The proposal is up for review at this Monday’s city council meeting at 7pm in City Hall. Details on the click.


Friday August 27, 2010

The Season of Bugs

So if you live anywhere near a tree, a garden or a patch of grass, you probably hear what reminds you of a soundtrack to a jungle movie outside your window. They're bugs, and they're great. They really get rolling in the humid August weather and then crescendo towards the end of the month. You possibly also hear your neighbors. They're not in this guide. Re-posted from last year. more

Sunday June 6, 2010

Rough Weather Later Today

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, says the weather could get all Wizard of Oz this afternoon. If you’re lounging in the kiddie pool or making divots on the links – respect the thunder and head to shelter. Along with the threat of wind and hail, Rhode Island is also... more

Thursday June 3, 2010

This Weekend: Kill Plants

Most nature walks demand a reverence for plants. A special nature walk this Saturday encourages you to smash them. More from Steve Stycos: Unusual Hike A little known pond full of spadderdock, Cranston’s finest graffiti, signs of the flood and a chance to smash invasive species will all be part of a... more