Established under the will of Mabel Norman Cerio in 1950, the Norman Bird Sanctuary constitutes the largest area of preserved open space in Newport County. A wildlife refuge encompassing over 300 acres and 7 miles of trails hat wind through a diversity of habitats. Nearly 30 acres are maintained as hay fields. Woodlands are the most prominent plant community and four ridges provide spectacular views of the surrounding ocean and ponds. Visitors check in at the visitor center next to our 19th century barn. The Sanctuary’s barn offers educational trailside exhibits and a gift shop for browsing. The Sanctuary has quite an interesting history from Native American to modern times.
The Norman Bird Sanctuary’s Educational Department is dedicated to providing quality environmental education for children, adults and families. Each new season brings an exciting new offering of programs, with opportunities for school, community, and camp groups.