Are you a URI Master Gardener or a URI student with a passion for the environment? Would you enjoy educating enthusiastic children in a beautiful garden setting?
Join us as a Learning Landscape educator! Our environmental education program is a fun and rewarding way to build your resume or fulfill community service hours. We hold trainings throughout the year and you may be eligible to join on a rolling basis.
New Educator Trainings
Gain experience in environmental education right on campus! The URI Learning Landscape is a two-hour environmental field trip program led by URI students and Master Gardeners around the URI Botanical Gardens. As an "Eco-Exploration" field trip leader, you will guide a group of elementary school children (grades K-5) through a series of hands-on learning stations. Topics include native mammals, insects, birds, seeds and plants, ecosystems, energy, adaptations, composting and recycling and water quality.
Winter Learning Landscape
Field Trip Dates: January - March 2014
Location: Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, Providence
Spring Learning Landscape
Field Trip Dates May- June 2013
Location: URI Botanical Gardens, Kingston
"It's fun to share my interest in the environment with younger students. Hearing them say that they want to come to URI to study science is really rewarding."
-- Kristina DiSanto, URI Student Class of 2010
"Learning Landscape is very emotionally rewarding. The children absorb what you teach them - they're listening".
-- Carol Seaman, Master Gardener Class of 2004
"The Learning Landscape Program has been the best part about spring the past few years" --Emma Sconyers, URI Student Class of 2012
"The children's enthusiasm is obvious... What I enjoy the most is having fun with the children while they are experiencing new ideas and information. Those happy, smiling faces make the time and effort worthwhile.. ."
-- Frank Vincent, MG Class of 2008
Additional Reading Materials
Recycling tips from RIRRC: Recycling
U.S. EIA Kids Page: Solar Energy
Energy Star Factsheet: CFL Lightbulbs
National Geographic 3/2010: Carnivorous Plants
National Geographic 2/2010: Biodiversity
National Geographic 9/2009: Orchids
RI DEM: Fishers in Rhode Island
Nat. Wildlife Federation: Top 5 Ways to Help Pollinators
NY Times Article: Echinda: A fascinating egg-laying mammal
Nat. Geographic Article: "New Mammal Fossil Sheds Light on Teeth Evolution"
U Michigan Museum of Zoology: Ruby-Throated Hummingbird (Check out the communication and perception section)
NATURE Article: A World Without Mosquitoes