Jeanine Silversmith

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Jeanine is a self-described tree hugging, science and math geek whose love of nature, coupled with her absolute certainty that people, especially children, are happier, healthier, and wiser when they regularly spend time in nature, led her to establish Rhode Island Families in Nature. Jeanine also works for the RI Environmental Education Association, supporting formal and informal teachers as they create "place-based" curriculum. She loves to hike, run, garden, bake, and go camping, especially when accompanied by her husband, Ian, her daughter, Sierra, and her son, Devin. They live in Wakefield.

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RI Families in Nature partners with the Roger Williams Park Zoo!

RI Families in Nature partners with the Roger Williams Park Zoo!

[ 0 ] September 25, 2014 |

I’ll admit it. Writing this article is extremely self-gratifying. I’m so proud that RI Families in Nature, the family hiking club I started over five and a half years ago, is partnering with the Roger Williams Park Zoo this October through July to offer new opportunities for families to experience nature and have fun – […]

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The 2014 RI Great Outdoors Pursuit

The 2014 RI Great Outdoors Pursuit

[ 0 ] May 13, 2014 |

Discover Rhode Island parks and enjoy free and low-cost summer activities. Rock climb, fish, hike, bike, kayak, and win great prizes! Participate in the RI Great Outdoors Pursuit, a wonderful program designed to help families enjoy the Ocean State’s recreational parks. Each “pursuit” or event involves fun outdoor activities, challenges, and children’s games, as well […]

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Family Hiking: Fisherville Brook

Family Hiking: Fisherville Brook

[ 0 ] May 7, 2014 |

Go it alone, or join RI Families in Nature on Sunday, May 11, as we explore this area together.

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Family Hiking: Blackstone Park

Family Hiking: Blackstone Park

[ 0 ] April 7, 2014 |

Go it alone, or join RI Families in Nature on Sunday, April 13, as we explore this area together.

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Family Hiking: Audubon’s Maxwell Mays Wildlife Refuge

Family Hiking: Audubon’s Maxwell Mays Wildlife Refuge

[ 0 ] December 4, 2013 |

Go it alone, or join RI Families in Nature on Saturday, December 7th, as we explore this area together. Maxwell Mays, a folk artist best known for his paintings of historic Rhode Island, was also an environmental conservationist and philanthropist. He donated 295 acres of land to Audubon as part of his life estate and, […]

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Family Hiking: Francis C. Carter Memorial Preserve

Family Hiking: Francis C. Carter Memorial Preserve

[ 0 ] November 14, 2013 |

Go it alone, or join RI Families in Nature on Saturday, November 16, as we explore this area together. The Nature Conservancy’s Carter Preserve boasts more than 5 miles of well-marked hiking trails through rare pitch pine and scrub oak forests and a 35 acre grassland. As one of the largest protected areas in RI, […]

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Family Hiking: Diamond Hill Park

Family Hiking: Diamond Hill Park

[ 0 ] October 10, 2013 |

Go it alone, or join RI Families in Nature on Monday, October 14, as we explore this area together.

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Family Hiking: Canonchet Farm

Family Hiking: Canonchet Farm

[ 0 ] September 18, 2013 |

Go it alone, or join RI Families in Nature on Sunday, September 22, as we explore this area together.

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Family Hiking: Neutaconkanut Hill

Family Hiking: Neutaconkanut Hill

[ 0 ] August 19, 2013 |

Go it alone, or join RI Families in Nature on Sunday, August 25, as we explore this area together. Whenever I mention Neutaconkanut Hill, people usually look at me funny and then ask me two questions: “How do you say that?” and “Where is it?” Given that “the Hill” is one of my very favorite […]

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Family Hiking: Casimir Pulaski Memorial State Park

Family Hiking: Casimir Pulaski Memorial State Park

[ 0 ] July 15, 2013 |

Go it alone, or join RI Families in Nature on Saturday, July 20, as we explore this area together. This 100 acre park offers trails, picnic tables, a comfort station, and a beach at Peck Pond, which make it the perfect place for a summer hike. Pick up the trail right from the beach (follow […]

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