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URI Outreach Center

Program Areas

The College of the Environment and Life Sciences Kathleen M. Mallon Outreach Center offers a variety of educational programs and services to Rhode Island citizens and surrounding communities on issues relating to sustainability. The content presented in these programs flows from the college's diverse research expertise and addresses contemporary issues most important to our state. Our value of lifelong learning, community engagement, and protecting the natural environment is reflected in all of the Center's programs and services.

Led by the Center's diverse staff and volunteers, our specialized training programs cater to a broad range of interests and skill levels. Current training and outreach programs include:

Each program shares a commitment to presenting reliable information, providing an experience that is both interesting and transformative, and forming relationships with relevant partner groups. Some of our current partners include the Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association, Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation, Coastal Resources Management Council, local primary and secondary schools, the Department of Environmental Management and the Department of Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency, municipalities, community leaders, non profit organizations, and others.

The structure of these training programs enables participants to extend information to their communities through a variety of volunteer opportunities, including but not limited to educational workshops, community projects, and direct service.

Our well established Master Gardener program, which boasts more than 600 volunteers, maintains a highly visible presence in the state by holding "Ask a Master Gardener" booths at local festivals and community events, including the center's annual GreenShare Field Day in the early fall and East Farm Spring Festival in May. As host of NBC 10's Plant Pro, Center Director Marion Gold is also very visible within the state. Dr. Gold can be seen every Monday afternoon and Saturday morning communicating messages about gardening and the environment to the Rhode Island community.

Please visit our individual program area's pages to learn more about the many educational opportunities that the Center has to offer. It is our belief that well-informed citizens possess the ability to solve the environmental, economic, and social challenges of our state and world.

Renewable Energy Siting Partnership Stakeholder Meeting #4

When: December 1, 2011, 6pm - 9pm
Where: Hazard Rooms @ URI Coastal Institute Bldg, Narragansett Bay Campus
Details: The focus of this meeting will be presentations on the acoustic impacts of wind turbines and project economics. Attendees must RSVP to Amber Neville at 401.874.6106 or due to space limitations.

The meeting is open to the public, and all are welcome, as the goal is to have a diverse and well-rounded stakeholder process. A light dinner will be provided from 5:30-6pm.

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Holidays in the Park

When: December 10, 2011, 11am - 2pm
Where: Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, Providence RI
Details: Admission-free with donation of a nonperishable good to be donated to RI Food Bank

Escape from the cold outdoors and join us in celebrating the holidays! Activities will include demos on do-it- yourself decorations just in time for the holidays, exciting educational crafts for kids, live music, gifts for every gardener, a raffle and more surprises to come.

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Renewable Energy Siting Partnership (RESP) Wind Resource Assessment Lecture

When: January 24, 2012, 6pm - 7pm
Where: North Kingstown Free Library
Details: URI researchers will present their current work related to the wind resource assessment component of the Renewable Energy Siting Partnership.

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