I’m not anti-toys or anti-shopping but I am against glorifying the need to buy stuff from a big box store by squashing or diminishing the importance of something valuable—in this instance, environmental education or any educational school field trip of which there are so few these days. A recent ad put out by Toys R […]
Rhode Island is one of the first states to complete an Environmental Literacy Plan. And now, the New England Environmental Education Alliance (NEEEA), in partnership with the six state professional Environmental Education (EE) associations in New England, will award at least nineteen grants up to $5,000 each to eligible groups such as non-profits, EE organizations, schools, and local or state agencies. Made possible by a $150,000 grant from the U.S. EPA Regional Environmental Education Sub-Grants program, the awards will support projects that increase environmental education capacity or advance education by helping implement state environmental education plans. Projects may include professional development, student projects, or statewide capacity building for delivering environmental education. All proposals must be received by Friday, August 31, 2012. To learn more, please visit the RI Environmental Education Association website.
Tomorrow, April 29, 2011 is National Arbor Day. Share the The Lorax by Dr. Seuss, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, or One Tree (Green Start series) by Innovative Kids with your children. These stories remind us at any age to be mindful of our trees.
Earth Day is just around the corner and in my house, the excitement almost reaches that of the December holiday season. April 22 marks the 42nd anniversary of the big day and whether or not you consider yourself a Greenie, a Once-ler, or more likely something in between, Earth Day is a wonderful time to engage your family in healthy, fun, and meaningful activities.
My favorite ways to celebrate Earth Day:
International Coastal Cleanup September 25, 2010 9 a.m.-noon* (*Some cleanups occur on a different date or time; check individual listings for details) Each year, volunteers around the world show they care about their coasts by flocking to the beaches to clean up and document the trash they find. The Audubon Society of Rhode Island is […]
By Roger Williams Park Zoo Many of us want to do our best to help the environment and wildlife, but with so many suggestions on what to do – grow your own garden, drive a hybrid car, carry recycled bags, etc. – it is easy to feel overwhelmed and find yourself doing nothing! Additionally, many of […]
Take to the Trails! Offers a Week-long Schedule of Free Guided Hikes to Encourage Outdoor Exploration April 17 – 25, 2010 Audubon encourages Rhode Island residents of all ages to log off the computer and electronics for a day and celebrate planet Earth by plugging into nature. The big yellow bus pulled into an Audubon […]