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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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The Compass School

The Compass School was founded in 2002 by a group of parents who desired an environment where their children would be challenged to become problem solvers, critical thinkers, and life-long learners. The enrollment for this public K-8 charter school is through a lottery which is open to all Rhode Island residents. They offer children a continuous, multiyear educational experience with an integrated, project based curriculum that provides the foundation to develop each individual as a cognitive, physical, social, emotional, and reflective being. Students graduate knowing they are members of a global community, having developed an awareness of their personal, social, and ecological responsibility.

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The Empowerment Factory

TEF is dedicated to giving children the skills they need to lead happier, healthier, more empowered lives. TEF engages youth through after-school and summertime learning programs and community and school special events and activities to help youth develop the skills they need to succeed in school and life.

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The Greene School

TGS is a public charter high school that explores the interdependence of human and natural systems. Through a rigorous pre-college curriculum, TGS develops citizens and leaders engaged in finding peaceful and sustainable solutions to local and global challenges. Through direct experiences in nature along with the latest in environmental science and technology, students grow academically and socially, become environmental stewards, and actively manage the limited resources we share as a global community.

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The Ocean Project

The Ocean Project catalyzes collaborative action for the ocean. They work in partnership with aquariums, zoos, museums, youth leaders, and others in a growing global network to effectively engage the public, inform policymakers, and unite the world to protect and restore our shared ocean and climate.

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The Recycling Partnership

As a mission-driven NGO, The Recycling Partnership is committed to advancing a circular economy by building a better recycling system. They mobilize people, data, and solutions across the value chain to reduce waste and our impact on the environment while also unlocking economic benefits. They work on the ground with thousands of communities to transform underperforming recycling programs; partner with companies to achieve packaging circularity, increase access to recycled materials, and meet sustainability commitments; and work with government to develop policy solutions to address the systemic needs of our residential recycling system and advance a circular economy. Since 2014, The Recycling Partnership has diverted 770 million pounds of new recyclables from landfills, saved 968 million gallons of water, avoided more than 670,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases, and driven significant reductions in targeted contamination rates.

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The Whale Guitar Project

The Whale Guitar Project brings to life the story of Moby Dick as a metaphor for the rise of climate change as provoked by the captains of capitalism. The guitar itself is a work of art that has been played and signed by hundreds of guitarists along its instrumental journey to inspire change through music, art, and community action.

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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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