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BIG moments in the woods

Celebrating 50 Years of the W. Alton Jones Campus

If you've ever been to URI's W. Alton Jones Campus in West Greenwich, you've no doubt had a big moment in the woods. Whether it was the first time you laid eyes on a cow or touched a pig's nose, your first smell of an evergreen forest, the victory of solving a challenge with a team of co-workers, or the culmination of romance in the exchange of wedding vows, chances are it was an unforgettable, life-changing experience.

Throughout the month of September 2012, we celebrate the W. Alton Jones Campus' 50 years of creating big moments in the woods.


Share Your Memories

Whatever your memories of Alton Jones, we want to hear them. Tell us about YOUR big moments in the woods.

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50th Anniversary Book

At times, our history's been stranger than fiction. We've published a book - Rhode Island's Natural Laboratory: A History of URI's W. Alton Jones Campus - about the storied history of the site - from visits by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958 and 1960, to its role as a "safe house" for a mob crime witness and a Hollywood movie production site, to the day in 1976 when the helicopter carrying former Gov. Philip Noel crashed on campus, and much more.

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Photo Gallery

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upcoming events

First Light at Night

Join us for the official first lighting and dedication of our two new telescopes and observatory.

First Light invitation

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
7-9 pm, rain or shine
Free and open to the public

Nettie Marie Jones Nature Preserve at the W. Alton Jones Campus in West Greenwich, RI

Learn more about our telescopes, or register by November 9. Space is limited.

Weather permitting, additional activities include night sky viewing, astronomy chat and constellation folklore by the campfire, nighttime adventure hike and more. Dress for the outdoors and bring a flashlight.

If you have a disability and need an accommodation, please call 401.874.9455 at least three business days in advance. For TTY assistance, please call the R.I. Relay Service at 1.800.745.5555.

Alton Jones Campus In the News

You're not the only one who's had some big moments at the W. Alton Jones campus. See what others are saying about the impact this unexpected campus has made in their lives.

The Naturalist revisits, pays homage to URI's W. Alton Jones campus.

Here's a story about the bat colony that's helping identify a disease that is wiping out bats in the Eastern U.S.

And another bat story.

Here's a fun history story we published in our alumni magazine, QuadAngles.

The Westerly Sun wrote a great piece about our summer camps.