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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Project FeederWatch turns your love of feeding birds into scientific discoveries – and you don’t even need a feeder! All you need is an area with plantings, habitat, water, or food that attracts birds. From November-April, survey birds that visit your backyard or schoolyard, a nearby nature center, or other community area on a personalized schedule. Your counts allow you to track what is happening to birds around you and contribute to a continental data-set of bird distribution and abundance.
Fish’n Tales Adventures
Welcome aboard! Join the captain and crew aboard the 50′ fishing boat, Northeastern, for seal watching out of Wickford Harbor, and lobster and fishing trips out of Newport harbor. This Coast Guard inspected vessel can carry up to 45 passengers. Seal watching tours run in the winter and early spring and can be adapted to meet your students’ curricular needs, whether that be seal biology and life history, geography, or Wickford history. Lobster trips are offered in the spring, summer, and early fall and in addition to learning lobster biology and life history, students have an opportunity to get hands-on experience with the lobsters and other creatures that are pulled up in the lobster traps. Fishing trips can also be added to a trip or offered as a stand-alone opportunity.
Forest Holidays Outdoor Guide
Being outdoors is super important for kids and we’d like to help parents and teachers understand this fact, and leverage it in school so we came up with this guide of 50 ways forest and outdoor learning experiences benefit child development.
Friends of the National Wildlife Refuges of Rhode Island
Friends is a non-profit whose mission is to assist the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in support of the five National Wildlife Refuges in Rhode Island. The Friends support numerous efforts of the Refuge staff by financing summer interns, special events, and other projects; managing the annual Junior Duck Stamp art competition for students; and presenting lectures and other programs.
Friends of the Pawtuxet
The Friends is a group of concerned citizens who promote the health of the Pawtuxet River as a valuable resource and encourage its responsible recreational use. They help maintain trails in the lower Pawtuxet River and organize family canoe days and guided nature tours.
Frosty Drew Observatory and Science Center
As Southern New England’s gateway to the Milky Way, the Frosty Drew Observatory and Science Center’s mission is to enlighten, discover, and inspire knowledge about science, the night sky, and the universe through education and research. A view of thousands of stars is a precious natural resource that is vital for inspiring the next generation of explorers. The Frosty Drew Organization is fighting to keep this natural resource protected.
Garden Time, Inc.
Garden Time provides prison-based educational programs that teach incarcerated men and women how to cultivate gardens and grow food for their own economic and personal well-being, integrating job readiness skills and reentry support. Additionally, they provide community-based green industry job training for formerly incarcerated people. Their programs foster education, inspiration, and empowerment, and help trainees translate new skills into opportunities that enable their successful and permanent reentry into society.
The Guiding Education in Math and Science Network (GEMS-Net) is a research-practice partnership among the University of Rhode Island’s School of Education, scientists, and engineers, and schools and districts throughout the state. GEMS-Net supports STEM teaching and learning for pre-kindergarten through 8th grade. Schools receive ongoing curriculum-based professional learning for all teachers, curricula recommendations that align with the standards, and leadership development for teachers and principals. Additionally, the staff utilizes highly innovative strategies to prepare pre-service elementary and middle school teachers to be exemplary practitioners of STEM education.
Green Circle Design
Founded in 2004 by Kate Lacouture, Green Circle Design (GCD) works on the principle that good landscape design should be inherently sustainable. To this end, GCD promotes alternatives to the American front lawn, uses native plants to preserve habitat, and encourages organic methods of gardening. GCD also offers consultations to schools and community groups interested in starting garden programs. They strive to inspire and empower kids by teaching them the impact of their decisions as citizens on the environment.