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May 20, 2013 - Centreville Bank Supports Local Wildlife Refuge

Audubon Society of Rhode Island

Audubon Opens Maxwell Mays Wildlife Refuge

Interpretive Trail

2082 Victory Highway (Route 102), Coventry, Rhode Island

The Audubon Society of Rhode Island has opened a new interpretive nature trail to help teachers and home schoolers engage their students in outdoor learning. This self –led trail, located on the historic Maxwell Mays Wildlife Refuge in Coventry, may be hiked with curriculum and activities found on Audubon’s website (www.asri.org). Teachers simply download the background information, trail map, and suggested educational activities then bring the students to the refuge at any time to start exploring.  This new interpretive trail will be FREE of charge thanks to a generous donation of $7,500 from Centreville Bank.

“Centreville Bank has had a long and proud history of supporting the Audubon Society and projects that encourage a greater appreciation for the outdoors and our environment,” said Centreville Bank CEO and President Raymond J. Bolster, II.  “We also enjoyed a long and treasured relationship,both personally and professionally, with the late Maxwell Mays.  This relationship makes providing financial support to the Audubon Society’s interpretive trail at the Maxwell Mays Wildlife Refuge even more significant to Centreville Bank.”

 “This is another step in fulfilling Maxwell Mays’ vision of encouraging people to enjoy the natural world, to learn about it, and protect it," explained Audubon Society of Rhode Island Executive Director Lawrence Taft.  “Audubon is grateful to Centreville Bank for helping us achieve this milestone at the Maxwell Mays Wildlife Refuge. We are confident it will be an important resource for teachers, home school groups, scouts and others who wish to engage with nature in a meaningful way."

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