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Environmental Education Directory

Looking for an organization, program, or resource to help get your students, family, or colleagues engaged in environmental learning? RIEEA has compiled a comprehensive, searchable list of opportunities throughout the state and online that offer resources for educators, families, and more.

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Thrive Outside

Thrive Outside is a nonprofit organization dedicated to giving ALL kids and teens the opportunity to fall in love with nature and to THRIVE through the experience. They partner with educators to connect their students with nature by designing and implementing dynamic “Outdoor Learning Zones” coupled with teacher professional development in outdoor learning and teaching. With their turn-key approach, Thrive Outside facilitates the entire process. Thrive Outside also hosts community events that encourage kids, teens, and their families to explore the outdoors, connect with nature, and have fun together.

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An academic-based tick-bite prevention and tickborne disease prevention resource, TickEncounter promotes TickSmart tools and thinking. Their programs and resources about tick biology and prevention help people remember critical details and enable more effective and efficient best practices for reducing tick encounters and disease risk. Important tools and platforms include TickSpotters, a national crowdsourced tick survey and response based on tick photo submissions, and the innovative Be Ready For Ticks “Just in Time” which gives access to tick experts using QR code-driven notices.

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Tomaquag Museum

An Institute of Museum and Library Services 2016 National Medal winner, Tomaquag Museum is Rhode Island’s only museum led by, and entirely dedicated to telling the story of, Indigenous people. It has a unique collection of thousands of cultural objects along with hundreds of thousands of pieces of archival materials focusing on the Indigenous peoples of Southern New England and highlighting the federally recognized Narragansett Tribe. The Museum’s mission is to educate the public and promote thoughtful dialogue regarding Indigenous history, culture, arts, and Mother Earth and connect to Native issues of today. The Museum envisions its future as an Indigenous Cultural Education destination that engages visitors in thoughtful dialogue that promotes understanding and strives to create experiences that transform people’s lives by broadening their perspectives, attitudes, and knowledge of Indigenous Cultures and the interrelationship with the wider world. Their unique educational programs include specialized tours, offsite programs, lectures, presentations, educator training, professional development, conferences, books, curricula, and more which bring traditional arts, culture, and history to the public.

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U. S. Environmental Protection Agency – Education

EPA is part of the federal government with the mission of protecting human health and the environment. The Environmental Education website provides information about EPA activities and programs that support environmental education, including lesson plans, youth and teacher awards, and grants.

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URI Cooperative Extension

The URI Cooperative Extension is an educational program which focuses on enlightening the community about food & agriculture systems, energy literacy, water resources, land stewardship, and healthy lifestyles.

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URI Graduate School of Oceanography

GSO Ocean Classroom is an education and outreach extension of the Graduate School of Oceanography that brings current and relevant ocean science research to K-12 classrooms and public audiences. Ocean experts present programs in schools, virtually, outdoors at field locations, and on the URI Narragansett Bay Campus.

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URI Inner Space Center

The ISC is a one-of-a-kind national facility that supports live ocean exploration via telepresence technology, enabling scientists, students, and the general public to participate remotely in ocean science. Located at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, the ISC is home to a diverse team of ocean scientists, engineers, education professionals, and video producers who work with cutting-edge technology to facilitate, capture, produce, and promote underwater exploration in real time.

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Wade Institute for Science Education

Through partnerships and collaborations, the Wade Institute for Science Education provides inquiry-based, hands-on, minds-on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) professional development for K-12 teachers and nonformal educators.

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Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association

WPWA is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving the lands and waters of the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed in Southern New England. The WPWA campus is on the Wood River and has a fleet of small boats and a welcome center with seating for up to 30 people. They host guided kayak trips; watershed science education with models on groundwater, watershed, and stormwater; and macroinvertebrate (aquatic bug) sampling and study.

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Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council

The Council creates positive environmental, social, and economic change by revitalizing the Woonasquatucket River, its Greenway, and its communities. WRWC encourages community members to be involved with the organization’s work, which includes environmental education, environmental justice, and cleaning and maintaining the river and the greenway, to connect to the natural resources surrounding the Woonasquatucket River.

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