Providence Community Walking Tours

The best way to get to know any city is by walking its streets and meeting its people.

Back by popular demand, the Swearer Center for Public Service has organized a menu of walking tours at the start of the academic year on Saturday, September 7 to introduce you to the neighborhoods, community organizations, culture, politics, and history of Providence. Many tours will emphasize the relationship between Brown and the community of Providence, showing the myriad ways in which the two have, and indeed still do, influence one another.

Click here to sign up for a tour.

Please note:

  • Space is limited in each tour so you may not get your first choice.  However, every effort will be made to fit you into your desired tour or one leaving within the same time block.
  •  Walk-ins will be accepted; though people with a reservation will have priority.
  • Resident Counselors may reserve a block of 10 spaces for their Unit without designating the names or participants.
  • All tours will begin and end at the Swearer Center for Public Service, 25 George Street.  Please arrive 10 minutes before departure time. Tours will run approximately 90 minutes
  • Please bring your Brown ID – some tours will include bus riding as well as walking.
  • In case of rain, call 863-3638 for status of the tours.

Tour Schedule


Encountering Nature in Providence – led by Scott Turner

Scott Turner is Director of Web Communications at Brown, and he also writes a weekly nature commentary for the Providence Journal. He is a former land manager, park ranger and science writer.


Local Farms and Local Food – led by Kayla Ringelheim, Sarah Lester & Molly Bledsoe

Kayla, Sarah & Molly work with Farm Fresh RI a growing a local food system that values the environment, health and quality of life of RI farmers and eaters. Farm Fresh works to:

  • Preserve Rhode Island farmland and our agricultural and culinary knowledge
  • Build healthier communities
  • Increase access to fresher, tastier food
  • Improve impact of food production and distribution on our environment
  • Strengthen community-based businesses


Environmental Justice – led by Amelia Rose

Amelia Rose is director and lead organizer of the Environmental Justice League of RI an alliance of individuals and organizations working together to promote environmental justice in Rhode Island through advocacy, education, networking, organizing, and research.


Fox Point & the Cape Verdean Community – led by Claire Andrade Watkins

Claire Andrade Watkins was born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, and is a professor in the Visual and Media Arts department at Emerson College. She is the director and producer of the documentary "Some Kind of Funny Porto Rican," which blends her personal history of growing up in a close-knit Cape-Verdean community with the 200-year history of Cape Verdeans in America.


Southeast Asian Immigration in RI - led by Channavy Chhay, Executive Director of the Center for Southeast Asians (CSEA)

CSEA was founded in 1987 by a collaboration of Mutual Assistance Associations to serve four Southeast Asian communities (Cambodian, Hmong, Laotian and Vietnamese) who arrived in Rhode as refugees. Today, CSEA  continues to serve Southeast Asians and their families and to invite other community members to participate in and benefit from their programs and services.