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The Audubon Society of Rhode Island, the state’s first environmental organization, protects nearly 9,500 acres of diverse natural habitats across our region. Audubon’s mission promotes environmental education, conservation and advocacy. Audubon offers dynamic hands-on, science-based environmental education programs that help teachers achieve state standards. In-classroom and field explorations are available for grades pre-K–high school. Visit our website for a school brochure.
The Blackstone Parks Conservancy is dedicated to the preservation and stewardship of historic Blackstone Park Conservation District and Blackstone Boulevard. We care for these two city parks in partnership with the Providence Parks Department and the Department of Public Works. The Conservancy is a membership organization with an all-volunteer board of directors. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. We accomplish our goals with help from many dedicated volunteers.
Since its creation in 1985, the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council has been a leader in transforming Rhode Island’s Blackstone Valley into an internationally-recognized visitor destination. The mission of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council is sustainable tourism. This is accomplished through a variety of programs like Keep Blackstone Valley Beautiful and the Riverboat Explorer on the Blackstone River.
The Center for Sustainable Agriculture
The Center for Sustainable Organic Agriculture’s (CFSOA) goal is to create a center and campus for the purpose of passing on knowledge and techniques in sustainability and to promote research and development in truly sustainable agriculture. Adopting sustainable techniques for our planet will require strong leaders with basic understanding in many disciplines. The CFSOA will seek to empower students with proven techniques and an understanding of truly sustainable food production.
Coggeshall Farm Museum is a living history museum in Bristol, RI. Visitors experience first-hand how families lived on a tenant farm in the 1790s, just after the American Revolution and before the sweeping changes brought in by the Industrial Revolution. Step back in time, share our hearth and help us sustain a way of life that gave birth to the American Dream.
Community Boating Center (CBC) is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization that provides instruction and access to recreational sailing and boating for all, with an emphasis on children, without regard to financial station. The Community Boating Center offers programs designed to build self-esteem, broaden horizons, and advance environmental awareness. Community Boating Center nurtures a true sense of community in which the diversity of the urban environment is respected and encouraged.
The Conanicut Island Sailing Foundation is located in Jamestown, RI. CISF is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to both provide and promote marine access, marine education, and sailing to people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. In doing so, CISF hopes to develop the next generation of ocean and environmental stewards, as well as bring more people into the sport of sailing.
The Empowerment Factory is a space located within Ahlers Designs, in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, that is hosting classes and workshops taught by inspirational and creative instructors. Artist Gail Ahlers created The Empowerment Factory to expand the reach of her mission, “making art, creating joy and empowering people”. This includes helping others expand their opportunities through personal and professional growth. Teaching empowerment & “soft skills” to children thru art workshops.
Friends of Ballard Park (FBP) is dedicated to protecting, maintaining and promoting Newport, RI’s only nature preserve. In addition to educational programming, FBP hosts free cultural activities such as concerts and movie screenings throughout the year in the thirteen-acre park.
The Guiding Education in Math and Science Network (GEMS-Net) is a partnership among the University of Rhode Island’s School of Education, scientists and engineers, and public school districts. We support STEM teaching and learning for Kindergarten through Grade 8. As our partners, school districts receive ongoing professional development for all teachers, curricula recommendations that align with the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards, and leadership development for teachers and principals. Additionally, our staff utilizes highly innovative strategies to prepare pre-service elementary and middle school teachers to be leaders in STEM education.
The Greene School is a public, charter high school serving students in grades 9-11 in the 2011-2012 school year. We will add 12th grade in the 2012-2012 school year. The school has a curriculum based on environmental science and the technology that affects our natural world. The school will promote a culture of personal, community and global stewardship.
We inspire & implement solutions that educate & expand global awareness of the importance of maintaining a natural balance & respect of all species. We provide opportunities for individuals, schools & the community to learn about new ideas in sustainability, biodiversity of species & green community building by implementing a yearly green expo that is created by the community. Our Youth Council works with the schools & community to create an engaging & educational experience for all ages.
Groundwork RI is a non-profit, community-based environmental organization dedicated to strengthening and sustaining healthier and more resilient urban communities in Rhode Island. Our mission is to reconnect the fabric of urban communities by meeting the dual needs of environmental restoration and economic prosperity in partnership with community residents, businesses, and other partners. Above all, Groundwork RI is a steward of our shared urban environment, and through all of our programs we seek to serve the common goal of creating sustainable, healthy, and beautiful communities for Rhode Island’s urban residents, especially those in economically-distressed areas.
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The Narragansett Bay Commission (NBC) owns and operates the two largest wastewater treatment facilities in Rhode Island, the Bucklin Point WWTF and the Field’s Point WWTF. Its mission is to maintain a leadership role in the protection and enhancement of water quality in Narragansett Bay and its tributaries by providing safe and reliable wastewater collection and treatment services to its customers at a reasonable cost.
The Narragansett Bay Research Reserve is one of 28 Reserves in the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS), a partnership program between NOAA and the coastal states. The Reserve’s mission is “to preserve, protect and restore coastal and estuarine ecosystems of Narragansett Bay through long-term research, education and training.”
The Narrow River Preservation Association (NRPA) has been working since 1970 to preserve, protect and restore the Narrow River and its watershed. Since 2006 NRPA has served as the Designated Watershed Council for Narrow River. NRPA’s work includes: an extensive river monitoring program; a robust annual schedule of educational programs and recreational events; consistent and sustained public outreach; watchful eyes on the health of the river for all communities of life in the watershed.
Natural Awakenings is a free monthly publication dedicated to providing insights and information to improve the quality of life physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and environmentally. Both a national and local focus are seamlessly integrated into each issue through special features. Content includes national and local articles, local news briefs, eco-tips, resource directories, and a community calendar. Each month brings fresh perspective around a timely theme. The magazine is supported by advertisers that align with our target audience, and it is distributed through many businesses and organizations that share our passion for creating a happier lives and a healthier planet.
Netwalking is an organization that helps afterschool club leaders facilitate outdoor adventures that engage the body, heart and mind to strengthen connections – interpersonal, community and environmental – through active STEM learning. While an afterschool walking club promotes physical fitness and build friendships, Netwalking incorporates “intentional play” to transform the walking club into a walking classroom that makes learning fun. Our Storywalker books, audios, reading cards, training and online resources inspire both club leaders and youth to become “secret agents of change” by instigating observation, conversation, investigation, reflection, imagination and positive action.
Located in Middletown, Rhode Island, the Norman Bird Sanctuary (NBS) is a 325-acre wildlife refuge and environmental education center with seven miles of trails and a diversity of forest, field, pond, ridge, and coastal habitats. NBS serves the community through engaging and interactive nature-based education programs for school, scout, camp, and public audiences.
Conservation districts across the country have specialized in the reduction of non-point sources of pollution such as soil erosion, animal waste, pesticides and fertilizers since the dust bowl of the 1930’s. Northern Rhode Island Conservation District lives out this mission, in part, by offering watershed education programming to elementary and high school aged students statewide.
SSV Oliver Hazard Perry will be Rhode Island’s official Sailing Educational Vessel and flagship nonprofit maritime campus, offering experience based, core-learning opportunities to a diverse student population, aboard a magnificent 196 ft, three-masted square rigged tall ship. We achieve our mission in collaboration with Rhode Island educational institutions and the marine industry with a sustainable plan that promotes our seafaring heritage with programs that serve as symbols of our stewardship of the Ocean State’s maritime environment.
The Providence After School Alliance’s (PASA) mission is to expand and improve quality after-school, summer, and other expanded learning opportunities for the youth of Providence by organizing a sustainable, public/private system that contributes to student success and serves as a national model.
RI National Wildlife Refuges, partnering with Partnership for Providence Parks and Providence Parks and Recreation, received national funding to create the Providence Parks Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership. This initiative engages the City’s diverse neighborhood parks and the State’s conservation organizations to contribute funding and technical support for wildlife habitat enhancements, nature trails, interpretive signs, and the Program Coordinator who facilitates training and support for outreach, interpretation, habitat restoration and education programs, and serves as a liaison connecting schools and partners to bring a collective conservation message to urban youth and their communities.
ProvGardener.com provides Rhode Islanders with comprehensive local Green News & Event listings. Each week, our eNewsletter updates subscribers on the latest news from several local sources and highlights a wide range of interesting environment-related activities coming up in the next week. Provgardener.com has something for everyone, from toddlers to professionals. Gardeners, farmers, nature lovers, homeowners, and civic-minded Rhode Islanders will all find useful information here.
Rhode Island College is one of the region’s leading comprehensive public colleges. Our mission is to offer accessible higher education of the finest quality to traditional and non-traditional students from around the state, the region, and beyond. Students here are members of a caring community that respects diversity and values academic excellence informed by cultural inquiry, civic engagement, and co-curricular activity. The college offers a wide variety of liberal arts, science, and professional programs in which dedicated faculty work with students to achieve the promise of higher education: an open and inquiring mind.
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) serves as the chief steward of the state’s natural resources – from beautiful Narragansett Bay to our local waters and green spaces to the air we breathe. Our mission put simply is to protect, restore, and promote our environment to ensure Rhode Island remains a wonderful place to live, visit, and raise a family.
RI Envirothon, Inc. promotes a year long program of study for high-school aged students in the fields of Soils/land use, Forestry, Wildlife, Aquatic Ecology, and an Environmental Issue, which changes annually. The program culminates in the annual “Envirothon”, a competition who’s winning team goes on to represent Rhode Island in the Canon International Envirothon. For more information, click here to email the President, Peter Stetson.
Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) is dedicated to helping reduce, reuse, and recycle. We operate RI’s Central Landfill, Materials Recycling Facility, Leaf & Yard Compost, and Construction & Demolition Debris Facility. We offer many services to RI residents and groups including free tours, presentations, and student mentoring to RI schools.
Home to hundreds of rare and fascinating animals from around the world, Roger Williams Park Zoo is the ultimate living classroom. Every year 500,000 people visit the zoo and more than 65,000 children participate in formal education programs including zoo camps, overnights, and classroom visits from the Zoomobile.
Sail Newport is dedicated to furthering access to the sport of sailing and understanding our interaction with the environment, both on and in the water and along the shoreline, through providing instruction and programming for all ages and skill levels, and hosting marine events and regattas.
The Salt Ponds Coalition protects and enhances the health of southern Rhode Island’s salt ponds and their watershed for the benefit of wildlife and people. Education is an important component of our mission because SPC believes that raising awareness of the ponds is critical to building public support for pond stewardship. We provide hands-on and outdoor programming for children of all ages.
Save The Bay is a non-profit organization that works to protect, restore and explore Narragansett Bay and its watershed. Education is a key component of our mission. We provide hands-on, inquiry-based marine programs to students of all ages aboard our educational vessels along coastlines and inside classrooms. For more information about our education programs, please call 401-272-3540 ext. 133, or visit our website.
As part of the nationwide land grant university system, the Extension Outreach Center brings together multidisciplinary teams of researchers, staff, and graduate and undergraduate students to work in partnership with national, state and local governments, the business community and non-profits to solve complex community problems. We provide a window to the College of the Environment and Life Sciences (CELS) and Cooperative Extension through which citizens, communities, government agencies and businesses can access research-generated knowledge and obtain assistance to address a broad range of socioeconomic issues.
West Kingston Elementary School in South Kingstown is a vibrant school located near the campus of URI. West Kingston welcomes and celebrates a diverse student body, and is home to a dual-language Spanish-English bilingual program. Beyond the school walls, West Kingston students are fortunate to have an outdoor classroom and a large green space to play and explore, bordered on two sides by woods and on another side by Peckham Farm. West Kingston families value the time children spend outdoors in nature, and prioritize this as an important part of whole child development.
The Westerly Land Trust conserves open space, revitalizes culturally significant properties, and provides environmental programs for the enduring benefit of our community. The Trust’s programs and activities are directed to protect and enhance the environment, agriculture, and water resources as well as the community’s “sense of place.” The Westerly Land Trust conserves 1,600 acres of land to provide valuable wildlife habitats and over 25 miles of hiking trails for public recreation.
The Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association promotes and protects the integrity of the lands and waters of the Pawcatuck Watershed, a 300-square mile area of land in southern RI and CT. We educate and inform citizens about the watershed’s unique and irreplaceable resources. Educational opportunities include teacher trainings, classroom programs and field trips.
The Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council (WRWC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage, support and promote the restoration and preservation of the Woonasquatucket River Watershed as an environmental, recreational, cultural, and economic asset of the State of Rhode Island. The WRWC encourages youth stewardship of watershed resources through field trips and K-12 in-school, after-school and summer educational programming, such as Fish in the Classroom for elementary aged children and Environmental Science in Action for high school students.