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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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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.

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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.

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Friends of the Pawtuxet

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.

GEMS-Net

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.

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Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England

Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. All girls in kindergarten through 12th grade are welcome to participate in Girl Scout Leadership Experiences through troop, camp, series, event, and travel pathways. The council serves all of Rhode Island, 13 communities in southeastern Massachusetts, and Pawcatuck, CT.

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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.

Green Energy Consumers Alliance

The Alliance works to empower climate-friendly energy choices and policy in Massachusetts and Rhode Island through a variety of educational programs and services.

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Green Ribbon Schools

This program of the US Department of Education recognizes schools that save energy and reduce costs, protect health and foster wellness, and feature environmentally sustainable learning spaces and offer environmental education to boost academic achievement and community engagement. All Rhode Island Schools are eligible to participate in the program. Applications are available in early September and winners are announced in April of each year.

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