The Edna Martin Wildlife Refuge
The Martin Wildlife Refuge is located on 379 Fall River Avenue, across the street from the Grist Mill. The refuge has a small meadow-stream pond located in the middle known as Burr’s Pond. Fed by the Runnins River, the pond feeds into another small stream that runs south.
The refuge has several paths for visitors to explore. The first is located along Fall River Avenue, goes over a bridge on the Runnins River, and travels down the eastern part of the reserve. The second starts on the southern edge of the pond and travels south along the small stream fed by the pond.
The first path is easier to traverse and far more scenic. The second path is used primarily by students who have the pond available as a resource for their science classes. Local students from Seekonk High School enrolled in AP Biology conduct a study on the refuge as a summer project and return with their class in the fall to learn from their teacher more about this unique ecosystem. The pond serves as a habitat for many species of plants, bugs, fish, mammals, and birds, as an educational tool for the community’s youth, and a place for enjoying the natural environment.