PROVIDENCE – The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is hosting a series of recreational clamming workshops this summer. The workshops, led by DEM’s Aquatic Resource Education (ARE) program, are opportunities for participants to learn how to dig for clams and the management strategies that have kept Rhode Island in the clamming industry for so long.

“Clamming has a rich history in Rhode Island as a beloved family pastime, a staple of local food traditions, and a significant contributor to the state’s commercial fishing industry,” said DEM Director Janet Coit. “DEM’s clamming workshops are among our most popular offerings to the public and we’re delighted to offer them in convenient locations in the East Bay, West Bay, and South County. Nothing could be more fun than spending a summer day on the water with a local quahogger learning to harvest and prepare quahogs!”

The following public workshops are scheduled:

Monday, June 17 | 12 PM-3 PM North Kingstown Town Beach, North Kingstown

Tuesday, July 2 | 12 PM-3 PM Colt State Park, Bristol

Tuesday, July 30 | 11 AM-2 PM Rocky Point State Park, Warwick

Thursday, August 1 |1 PM-4 PM Colt State Park, Bristol

Friday, August 30 | 12 PM-3 PM Rocky Point State Park, Warwick

Saturday, September 28 | 12 PM-3 PM North Kingstown Town Beach, North Kingstown

The workshops are perfect for families to spend time together. DEM encourages people of all ages to participate. Space is limited and registration is required. Fee is $5 per person for registrants 8 years of age and older. To register, fill out the registration form on DEM’s website and mail the form, along with a check made payable to ‘ARE Program’ to the Division of Fish & Wildlife, 1B Camp

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