Norman Bird Sanctuary

583 Third Beach Road | Middletown, RI 02842

The URI Master Gardener Program and the Norman Bird Sanctuary (NBS) have partnered for exciting and important volunteer opportunities and all who participate are on the ground floor of our efforts.

Norman Bird Sanctuary, encompassing more than 325 acres on Aquidneck Island on the cliff above Newport’s famed 3rd Beach and the Sachuest National Wildlife Refuge, was begun in 1949 by the bequest of Mabel Norman Ciero. She left her property for the propagation, preservation, and protection of birds, and where birds and bird life may be observed, studied, taught, and enjoyed by lovers of nature and by the public generally so interested in a spirit of humanity and mercy.
29BAB913-1E8A-4010-8007-24648D85BD5B (1)The URI Master Gardener Program is fortunate to have become the latest partner with NBS to actively and creatively do a number of important projects. Keeping in mind the needs of wildlife habitat, we are active in the planning, design, implementation and development of a large native plant garden, “Mabel’s Garden” located outside of the founder’s former residence as well as a rain garden outside of the visitors center.   Future projects include a pollinator meadow and an organic garden complete with high tunnel and composting area.
We will also be actively engaged with NBS to co-host community projects to do further outreach to train future naturalists and enhance adult appreciation and respect for nature and its wonders.
To learn more about the Sanctuary, go to their link: