#EarthDayATHome with NASA

Fifty years ago, on April 22, 1970, people around the world marked the first Earth Day. Thousands gathered to raise awareness about the importance of protecting our beautiful planet for future generations. On this Earth Day, as we physically separate ourselves by necessity, we can still collectively appreciate the wondrous beauty of our planet and the extraordinary science that helps us understand how it all works – and we can do it from our homes. Much as our Earth’s systems are interconnected so, too, are all of us. To help connect us virtually this Earth Day, we encourage you to…

Distance Learning Resources

The Rhode Island Environmental Education Association (RIEEA) have compiled a list of resources for teachers and families so that you can continue to engage in environmental education and outdoor recreation in a safe and meaningful way.

NOAA Live! Webinars

While you are home, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Regional Collaboration Network in conjunction with Woods Hole Sea Grant and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, is offering this series on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11 EDT during school closures. Each webinar features a different NOAA expert/topic and a moderated question and answers session so that you can get a peek at what our NOAA scientists do in all the various NOAA offices. These webinars are geared toward grades 2-8 and allow students to connect with scientists. Webinars are between 45-60 minutes in length and are recorded. #NOAALive4Kids.

Educator Resource Directory

Looking for an organization or program or other opportunity to help get your students engaged in environmental learning? The Rhode Island Environmental Education Association (RIEEA) has compiled a comprehensive and diverse list of environmental education organizations and opportunities in the state that offer these services.

Roger Williams Park Zoo

Rhode Island  Zoological Society brings the Roger Williams Park Zoo to YOU! Grab the kiddos for some wild educational fun with our favorite critters every Tuesday and Thursday at 2pm EDT during our new Zoo School series. Get a behind-the-scenes look at our animals and explore a fun activity you can do at home.

NAMEPA Parent Survival Series

The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) wants to support parents during this challenging time by providing weekly activities for students K-12 that will enrich each child’s education and broaden interest in the marine environment. To support ocean literacy, they will supply: Simplified weekly lesson plans Activities that re-enforce ocean literacy learning Excitement the entire family can participate in Read more.

Resilient Rhody: New State Climate Preparedness Strategy

Rhode Island released an 85-page climate-preparedness strategy – Resilient Rhody – which responds to changing weather and environmental conditions in Rhode Island caused by climate change.  The report offers recommendations and implementable actions to better prepare the state for these impacts.  Key areas include critical infrastructure and utilities, natural systems, emergency preparedness, and community health and resilience. An Executive Order signed by Governor Gina Raimondo on September 15, 2017 put into motion nine months of collaborative work among expert stakeholders on climate resilience and included state agency staff and statewide organization leaders.   The recommended climate resilience actions introduced throughout the…

Narragansett Watershed Counts

Watershed Counts is a collaborative initiative of 60 partners, facilitated by the URI Coastal Institute in its role as Chair of the Rhode Island Environmental Monitoring Collaborative and the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program, working together to evaluate the conditions and trends of the land and waters of the Narragansett Bay Region. Watershed Counts indicators consider the region’s interwoven economic and environmental assets. The 2017 Watershed Counts: Climate Change in Narragansett Bay highlights three climate change impacts on the economy, ecology, and coastal communities of Narragansett Bay.  Read more.

2017-2018 Nature Works Everywhere Grant Now Open

The Nature Conservancy will be awarding grants to support projects that implement green infrastructure to address local environmental challenges.  Grants of $2,000 will be awarded to 60 public or charter schools across the United States.   A Nature Works Everywhere project empowers students and teachers to work together to create and implement their own solutions to environmental challenges in their communities. Whether addressing issues surrounding access to healthy food, air quality, urban heat island effect, or stormwater collection, youth are empowered as social innovators to model solutions in their school communities through design and implementation.  Applications must be submitted online by…