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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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.
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
Go it alone, or join RI Families in Nature on Sunday, June 16, as we explore this area together. My favorite thing about Ballard Park is that it’s small enough to let my kids just wander about, choosing the trails they want to follow. They feel like real explorers and I, with my eyes on […]
If I asked you to describe what “environmental education” looks like, what image would first spring to mind? Perhaps it’s a camp group walking in the woods, observing and drawing birds. Maybe it’s a group of elementary students out on Narragansett Bay, taking water samples. Or maybe it’s a high school class, learning about the effects of pollutants on genetic mutations. All of these certainly qualify as environmental education. But a whole bunch more would too.