Walk to Osamequin Nature Preserve

In order to celebrate Earth Day in April, the Barrington Land Preservation Trust offered a free guided walk at Osamequin Nature Preserve, a 42-acre conservation area along the western shore of Hundred Acre Cove in Barrington, RI, on April 20, 2023. The property is owned by the Town and co-managed by the Barrington Land Conservation Trust, the Barrington Garden Club, and the Town of Barrington. Click here for a 35-minute video of the event.

Osamequin Nature Preserve is rich with history as part of the ancestral homelands of the Pokanoket people who occupied these lands prior to colonization. Participants had a chance to read the history of Osamequin on a new marker at the site which is now home to a diversity of animals and native plant species that depend on this property for habitat and food.

Kathryn Beauchamp (above, right), co-chair of the Barrington Garden Club’s Osamequin Management Team, and Victor Lerish (below,center), Chair of the Barrington Land Conservation Trust’s Stewardship Team, led the walk. Nesting osprey were visible on a platform on Hundred Acre Cove.

The property’s extensive network of trails introduces visitors to fields, forests and salt marshes where one can see first-hand the effects of sea level rise as well as tree swallows (above, left) and a barrier (above, right) to keep diamondback terrapins from trying to cross the busy Wampanoag Trail.