Rhode Island Chapter

Explore, enjoy, and protect the planet.

Outings & Events

From the White Mountains to Ninigret Pond, Sierra Club Outings raise awareness, connect environmentalists, and remind us what it is we're fighting to save. Please join us.



Woonsocket Bikeway Walk
When: Saturday, October 26, 10 am - 12 pm, carpool from Sierra Club office (42 Rice Street, Providence) parking lot (fenced in on the side of the building) at 9:30 (please arrive by 9:25)
Where: Davison Avenue, Woonsocket RI (at the current northern terminus of the Blackstone River Bikeway)
Googlemaps link: http://goo.gl/maps/dOfbj
Join the Rhode Island Sierra Club on a walk to explore the newly laid on-road extension of the Blackstone River Bikeway.  While this isn't the final alignment of the bikeway, it is a significant step to connecting the Rhode Island and Massachusetts segments of the bikeway together.  
We will meet at the Davison Avenue parking lot in Woonsocket and will trace the on-road alignment to the Woonsocket Falls Dam.  We can explore further northwards up River Street depending on the consensus of the group.  We will then walk down Main Street, past City Hall, stop on the Court Street Bridge (you have to see this view!), walk down Clinton Street through the Social Flatlands, turn right onto Cumberland Hill Road, and complete our circular journey back at the bikeway parking lot. 
Check out Woonsocket, the Blackstone River, Thundermist Falls, Native American and Industrial Revolution period history, and learn about where things, "use-tah-be"!  
Some points of interest we can explore:  French-Canadian mill worker migration, Social Mills (where the largest textile mills used to be), the French Worsted Mills (just torn down; was the largest foreign-owned mill operation in the US), cleanup progress of the Blackstone River, wildlife spottings in this urban center, visit to the city's largest community garden, industrial architecture, remnants of a robust public transit system peeking through the pavement, and more.
We hope you can join us for this walk.


Committee Meetings

Executive Committee Meeting
Meets: Second Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm.
Location: Sierra Club Office, 42 Rice Street, Providence
Chairman: Steve Sheeky, chair@risierraclub.org
Purpose: These monthly meetings are the best way to learn about the Club and find out how to get involved as a volunteer. All welcome.
Communications Committee Meeting
Meets: Generally happens one hour before executive committee meeting. Conact Kevin Proft for more information.
Location: Sierra Club Office, 42 Rice Street, Providence
Leader: Kevin Proft, outings@risierraclub.org
Purpose: Help the Club get its message out through newsletters, social media outlets, youtube, and the website.
Outings Committee Meeting
Meets: Monthly. Usually in a Providence bar or restaurant. Contact Kevin and Coy for specific dates and locations.
Leaders: Kevin Proft and Coy Pemberton, outings@risierraclub.org
Purpose: Brainstorms and plans future Club Outings. We're always looking for fresh ideas; please come and share your thoughts. All welcome.
Development Committee Meeting
Meets: As needed. Contact Nicholas Oliver for specific dates. 
Location: Sierra Club Office, 42 Rice Street, Providence
Leader: Nicholas Oliver, giving@risierraclub.org
Purpose: Leads the Club's fundraising activities including house parties, club materials sales, memorial and commemorative gifts, and canvassing. All Welcome.
Conservation Committee Meeting
Meets: As needed. Contact Michael Roles for specific dates.
Location: Sierra Club Office, 42 Rice Street, Providence
Leader: Michael Roles, conservation@risierraclub.org
Purpose: Determine what issues the Club focuses on and what strategies the Club uses to reach its issue goals. All welcome.
Political Committee Meeting
Coming soon! Contact Abel Collins, abel.collins@risierraclub.org, for more information.