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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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National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation

National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation

NNOCCI is a network of individuals and organizations in informal education, the social sciences, and climate sciences with a shared commitment to using evidenced-based communications methods and providing the social and emotional support needed to engage as climate communicators. Working together to develop the knowledge, techniques, community, and confidence needed to empower audiences, NNOCCI is changing public discourse about climate change to be consistent, positive, civic-minded, and solutions-focused.

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Natural Curiosity

Natural Curiosity

Offering webinars, virtual and in-person workshops, and online group coaching sessions for educators across Turtle Island (North America), Nature Curiosity aims to improve environmental education by providing transformative professional learning experiences to help unpack the pedagogical framework for getting outdoors and incorporating Indigenous perspectives. They also have a best-selling educator resource, Natural Curiosity 2nd Edition: The Importance of Indigenous Perspectives in Children’s Environmental Inquiry.

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Natural Resources Conservation Service (Rhode Island)

NRCS is a federal agency that works hand-in-hand with the people of Rhode Island to improve and protect the soil, water, and other natural resources. For decades, private landowners have voluntarily worked with NRCS specialists to prevent erosion, improve water quality, and promote sustainable agriculture. NRCS employs experts such as soil conservationists, soil scientists, agronomists, biologists, engineers, geologists, and resource planners to help landowners develop conservation plans, create and restore wetlands, restore and manage other natural ecosystems, as well as advise on storm water remediation, nutrient and animal waste management, and watershed planning.

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Nature Conservancy in Rhode Island

TNC is a global conservation organization dedicated to overcoming the barriers to climate and biodiversity solutions. In Rhode Island, TNC has conserved over 40,000 acres of wildlife habitat with many partners, and offers 25 nature preserves from Lincoln to Block Island. As part of its coastal program, TNC scientists are tracking changes in upper Narragansett Bay and in Block Island’s Great Salt Pond, to help guide and implement fish habitat restoration strategies. And through its cities program, TNC is working with partners and community members to reduce neighborhood flooding and stormwater pollution, and to develop an urban forestry plan that equitably delivers the benefits of trees across Providence’s 25 neighborhoods. Through its digital Nature Lab platform, TNC offers a variety of free, age appropriate courses in conservation science for grades K-5, 6-8 and 9-12, plus bonus virtual field trips and teacher guides.

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Nature’s Notebook

Nature’s Notebook

Nature’s Notebook gathers information on plant and animal phenology across the U.S. to be used for decision-making on local, national, and global scales to ensure the continued vitality of our environment. It is appropriate for scientists and non-scientists alike, engaging observers across the nation to collect phenology observations (observations of recurring plant and animal life cycle stages) on both plants and animals using scientifically-vetted observation guidelines to ensure data are useful to researchers and decision-makers.

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NestWatch

NestWatch

NestWatch is a nationwide nest-monitoring program designed to track status and trends in the reproductive biology of birds, including when nesting occurs, number of eggs laid, how many eggs hatch, and how many hatchlings survive. The database is intended to be used to study the current condition of breeding bird populations and how they may be changing over time as a result of climate change, habitat degradation and loss, expansion of urban areas, and the introduction of non-native plants and animals.

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Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy, Inc.

The mission and goal of NHC is to preserve Neutaconkanut Hill for future generations. Located on the border of Providence and Johnston, “the Hill” is the highest point in Providence. From the hilltop meadow – elevation of 296 feet above sea level – and along several hiking trails are spectacular views of the City and nearly a quarter of the State. The 88-acre woodland includes forested woodlands, several miles of hiking/walking trails, a panorama of picturesque stone walls, unique geological formations, natural springs and brooks, wildflowers and berries, as well as wildlife such as deer, fox, rabbit, raccoon, skunk, turkey, pheasant, opossum, and “many squirrels.” NHC offers educational programming for youth and the general public to expand understanding of the Hill’s natural and historical significance and engage community members in service projects.

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New England Science & Sailing Foundation

New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS) is a nonprofit ocean adventure program that engages students in experiential learning which builds confidence, teamwork, and leadership skills. NESS is guided by four core values: experiential learning, personal growth, inclusiveness, and stewardship.

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Newport Restoration Foundation

The mission of NRF is to promote and invest in the architectural heritage of the Newport community, the traditional building trades, and Doris Duke’s fine and decorative arts collections, for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of all. NRF operates three museum sites, including the 40-acre Prescott Farm in Middletown, RI. The site is open daily from dawn to dusk for public enjoyment. Prescott Farm’s kitchen and herb gardens are tended to by a dedicated team from the University of Rhode Island’s Master Gardener program and their living laboratories showcase the marriage of historical horticultural practices with more modern gardening techniques.

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Newport Tree Conservancy

NTC is dedicated to fostering a healthy, equitable, urban forest in the City of Newport, RI, through tree management and planting programs, for the benefit of present and future citizens of Newport. Their goal is to engage in environmental education regarding the importance of trees and improved planting and maintenance techniques. They teach K-12 field trips, school outreach, after-school and summer programs, as well as public programs in Newport’s parks and public spaces.

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