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2023 Land Trust Learning Series

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Join us for a special evening with John Kostrzewa, author of the new book, Walking Rhode Island: 40 Hikes for Nature and History Lovers with GPS Coordinates, Photos and Trail Maps.

John Kostrzewa writes the “Walking Rhode Island” column for The Providence Journal and has been hiking across the state for decades.

His talk and slide show will include how he started, where he has hiked and what he has learned. He’ll share his observations about the history, geological features, vegetation and wildlife he has found along the trails.

John will also explain what makes Rhode Island’s trails unique and outline some of the challenges Rhode Islanders face to maintain the state’s public preserves.

The book has drawn praise from environmental and historical leaders in Rhode Island. Terry Gray, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, writes “Along with being gracefully written and packed with precise details, John Kostrzewa’s hiking columns are an antidote to our high-speed, screen-centered lives. They not only guide you on some of the most beautiful trails in Rhode Island, but also give you a sense of history and what you are seeing along the way.”

Casual walkers, families and experienced hikers can pick from easy, moderate and challenging hikes. Each trail has a description of the geological features, wildlife, vegetation,  historical landmarks, directions to the trail head and tips for navigating the trail.

“John Kostrzewa’s stories show us that walks are not merely a chance to enjoy the natural world, but to see that during every walk, in every wood, along every stream, we are awash in the history of this land and it’s people since time immemorial,” said C. Morgan Grefe, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Historical Society. “These walks are more than a meditation or recreation, they are Rhode Island history in a deep and meaningful way. They should not just be read, they should be experienced.”

About John Kostrzewa

Kostrzewa worked for 42 years in the newspaper industry, including the last 29 at The Providence Journal as a business reporter, columnist, business editor, and assistant managing editor. He retired from the Journal in 2017 and spent the three years as an adjunct professor at Bryant University.A College of the Holy Cross graduate, Kostrzewa resides in Cranston with his wife Carol.

Since launching “Walking Rhode Island” in 2021, he has written more than 100 columns. He has compiled 40 of the hikes into a book that is set for release in September, 2023. Copies of the book will be available for sale before and after the presentation.

This event would not be possible without our sponsors. For information on how you can sponsor the 2023 Land Trust Learning Series, email Cindy Elder or call 508-733-2443. Thank you!



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Leadership Sponsors

The Cicione Family and Brickyard Wine


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Community Sponsors

East Bay Oyster Bar

Jaffe Orthodontics

Steve Primiano’s Custom Window Treatments

Charles E. Millard, Inc. General Contractors


We are grateful to the Barrington Pubic Library for hosting this event

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