Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 8068
Cumberland, RI 02864

Friends of the Blackstone River Environmental Center
100 New River Road
Lincoln, RI 02838

Preserve Elder Ballou Cemetery

Stuff the Truck- Clothing Drive June 16th & 23rd

Start saving your gently used clothing and accessories. The BRWC/FOB is holding another fundraiser, clothing drive. We will be collecting clothing, bedding, quilts, blankets, towels, curtains, throw pillows, hats, shoes, belts, scarves, handbags,  jewelry, stuffed animals, and small household items like dishes, picture frames, glassware. Please place soft items in large 33 gallon trash bags. We will be collecting the items at our building location on two Saturdays in June.  June 16th and June 23rd from 9 to 2:00 PM.  Bring your items to 100 New River Road, Lincoln, RI 02865. For more information contact Judy Hadley at: 401-633-2283.

Join us at Five Guys in Lincoln June 13th

Join us at the Five Guys Burger restaurant on Wednesday June 13th from 5 to 8 PM.  Your food and drink purchase will help support our river clean-up efforts. Come say hello to some of our board members and supporters. Five Guys burgers at the outer store  locations at the entrance to the Lincoln Mall. 622 George Washington Highway. For more information contact Bob Charpentier at:  401-688-4416. 

3 New Events- Natural History on the Blackstone Series

The BRWC/FOB is holding its first ever spring speaker series titled: Natural History on the Blackstone. There will be three different talks by three experts in their field. All talks are free and open to the public. All talks will be held rain or shine. Just the activity afterward will be cancelled if it is raining. To register, or for more information call Judy at: 401-724-5292.

The first will be:

Wild Flowers of the Blackstone Valley
Saturday, May 21, 2016 • 1:00 – 3:00 P.M.
Power point presentation followed by walk to view the wild
flowers growing around Sycamore landing.
Presenter: Kathy Barton

The second one is:

Bees and Beekeeping
Sunday, June 5, 2016 • 2:00 – 3:00 P.M.
Learn about the importance of honeybees in a natural
setting and how they pollinate flowers.
Presenters: Chris and Bonnie Combs.

The third is:

Astronomy and Summer Stargazing
Thursday, June 16, 2016 • 8:00 P.M.
Come learn about the Summer Solstice and constellations.
Telescopes will be available for viewing.
Presenter: Francine Jackson

New Report- 2015 River Rat Program- Updated with video

Check out the new report detailing the partnership between the BRWC / FOB and the local public school science departments.

Read the 2015 River Rat Report for more details

The River Rat Program is an ongoing and flexible program to engage students and teachers from local public schools with river preservation and environmental education programs. BRWC members and science teachers get students involved with active programs such as the Fish Ladders, River Stewardship, Volunteer clean-up opportunities, Water Quality, and real time visits to and in the rive! Students get a hands-on experience on the river and then continue in the classroom for a real-world application of what they learn, in the form of positive changes in how we use and view the river. Schools that we have partnered with in the past include: Cumberland High School, Central Falls High School, Woonsocket High School, Mount Saint Charles Academy, McCourt Middle School, Dr. Earl F. Calcutt Middle School.

Join us for a Geocaching Workshop- Sept 19

The program will be held Saturday September 19th from 12 to 3 PM at our environmental education center. Located at 100 New River Road, Manville, RI 02838.

Participants will learn what geocaching is and how to get started. You will also learn the basics of GPS and longitude and latitude coordinates and how to use them to find the hidden geocaches. You’ll learn how to set up an account on the website and learn what a travel bug is, and more!

Cost is $3/person and is suitable for ages 6 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. To register, or for more information, call 401-724-5292.

Join us for the Full Moon Paddle!

Join us on July 31st, August 29th and September 27th for the Full Moon Paddle.

Cost: $25 per boat- (limit per boat- 2 adults and 1 child seated in the middle of the boat). Includes- Boats, life-jackets and paddles.

If you have your own boat- You may bring your own boat but a $10 donation is requested to join the event.

Free 1-year membership- included with each boat rental.

To sign-up please contact:

John Marsland (401-644-3215) or Bob Charpentier (401-688-4416).

If unavailable, please leave a message with your Name, Contact Info and number of participants in your party.

You may also use our Contact Form to provide this information.