Link to registration for March 29, 2020 On Pettaquamscutt

Milestones, Bears, Coastal Defenses

Please join us for the ninth season of the winter speaker series On Pettaquamscutt: Presentations on the Environment and the History of the Narrow River Watershed.

The series is presented by Friends of Canonchet Farm, Narrow River Preservation Association, South County Museum and the Maury Loontjens Memorial Library with generous support from Trio Restaurant.

The presentations are on three Sunday afternoons, from 1:00 to 3:00, at the Maury Loontjens Memorial Library, 35 Kingstown Road, Narragansett. All events are FREE and open to the public. After each talk, continue the conversation next door at Trio Restaurant, 15 Kingstown Road.

See speakers and presentations in the first eight seasons.

Space is limited for each presentation, so make sure you to register here or at Maury Loontjens Memorial Library to reserve a seat, when online registration opens at the beginning of the month of the presentation. Registration is now open for the March 29th presentation.

The 2020 lineup includes:

January 26 - Fifty Years of Protecting and Preserving the Narrow River and its Watershed

A panel of Narrow River Preservation Association leaders shared the organization’s most significant challenges and accomplishments over the past 50 years with a look toward the next 50 years of caring for the watershed loved by so many.

View or download the presentation.
(2020_01_26_NRPA_50_Years.pdf, 14MB. Allow time for this file to load.)

February 23 - The Rhode Island Bear Story: From Colonial Persecution to Backyard Pest

This bear is not looking for a ride. In February we called on R.I. Department of Environmental Management Wildlife Specialist Mary Gannon to tell us what this bear and other wild animals are looking for in our shared environment. This talk was sponsored by the Friends of Canonchet Farm.

View Mary Gannon's presentation.

Read Phil Cozzolino's interview of Mary Gannon in The Narragansett Times.

March 29 - Camp Varnum and Rhode Island Coastal Defenses

Link to registration for March 29, 2020 On Pettaquamscutt

It was disguised to look like a traditional New England fishing village, but Master Sergeant James Loffler, recently retired from the R.I. National Guard, will explain how Camp Varnum near the mouth of Narrow River played an important role in the defense of the Rhode Island coast during World War II. Sgt. Loffler's presentation is sponsored by the South County Museum.

Revised February 24, 2020