every month we like to feature a fellow local-non-profit or do-gooder that we love & that we think you will love too.

this month’s spotlight is one that you may know well but has something new to share. read below for the exciting news…

WHO: norman bird sanctuary

WHAT: established in 1949 at the bequest of mabel norman cerio’s will to maintain the 235 acres of land “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.” 

WHERE: 583 3rd beach road, middletown, rhode island

WHY we love them: there are too many reasons to count, but for starters the scenic hiking trails make for the perfect on-island weekend adventure (make your way out to hanging rock to see what we mean).

the sanctuary has a number of annual events that have become seasoned favorites for families & friends such as the harvest fair, bake on the beach, 5k run/walk, camps & more.

newportFILM has had the privilege of enjoying a couple fabulous outdoor film events on the property including last september’s outdoor white party in mabel’s garden film screening of diner en blanc. photos: http://on.fb.me/17Oo8tE

the newest & most exciting addition to the property, however, is the newly renovated 6,000 square foot, 18th century paradise farmhouse.

this space will serve as an overnight retreat space or rendezvous “for eco conscious travelers, health and wellness groups, birders, naturalists, artists and educators who are participating in multi-day programs or just seeking a place to enjoy nature,” says lisel woods, director of sales & marketing.

if you’d like a sneak-peek, the farmhouse is holding friday lunch tours where you can dine in the new space as well as take a look around. this experience only runs through the end of march & they are booking up quick. we just booked ours & can’t wait to check it out! sign up here: http://bit.ly/1hLPbKb

HOW you can get involved: the sanctuary is always looking for volunteers to work in their gardens, assist with trail maintenance, as well as for all their special events year-round.

find more information, book your paradise farmhouse stay or get involved at http://www.normanbirdsanctuary.org.