Help your favorite resource – Participate in Local Events

10th Annual Urban Ponds Procession
Urban Ponds Procession (UPP) Arts
Saturday, May 13th, 5:30 to 9:00 pm
Starting at the Mashapaug Boating Center, and proceeding to the cove behind Alvarez High School
Cranston, RI 

The final year of this fun, artistic AND informative celebration of a full decade of environmental stewardship surrounding Mashapaug Pond – all made possible with the help of local students and  supporters! The public is invited to this free program.

See for details including where to park, etc.

Narrow River Preservation Association

30th Annual Narrow River Road Race
– 10K Run, 5K Run and 5K Walk along the scenic Narrow River
Saturday, May 20th – Race check starts at 8:30 am, all races begin at 10 am
Narragansett Town Beach, North Pavilion
See for registration details.

Wood Pawcatuck Watershed Association

Dragonflies and Damselflies, A Wild and Scenic Rivers Presentation

Monday, July 10, 2017
10 am to 12:30 pm

What do dragonflies tell us about water quality? And why are there so many of them on the Wood River? Discover the amazing beauty and abilities of dragonflies, and their close cousins – damselflies, during this presentation by Odonata expert, Ginger Brown. Using slides and specimens Ginger will discuss the life history and interesting facts about the dragonflies and damselflies who inhabit the rivers in the Wood-Pawcatuck Wild and Scenic Rivers Study.

After the hour long presentation we will take kayaks onto the Wood River to see the flying wonders in action. This will be a very easy paddle and we will not need to go far to find many of the winged creatures. Expect to spend about an hour or so on the water.

This event is free and open to the public. Space is very limited, so pre-registration is required. Donations to WPWA are appreciated. You can bring your own boat for the paddle or use one of WPWA’s for a fee. WPWA Dragonfly members are $10 per boat. Non-members are $20 per boat.

Price: Free; Pre-registration required –

Kayaks: A limited number of single person 9 foot kayaks are available for this event at a price of $10.00 for WPWA Dragonfly and Trout members or $20.00 for non-members. Boat rentals are always free for WPWA Otter, Osprey and Eagle members. Boats may be reserved when you register for the event.

For More Information Contact: Denise Poyer:, 401-539-9017

Our New England Waters Regional Conference:
Real World Watershed Monitoring and Management Options

Friday, June 9 – Saturday, June 10, 2017
CBLS, URI Kingston, RI

Hosted by:
• URI Watershed Watch,
• New England Chapter of the North American Lake Management Society,
• Save The Lakes – Rhode Island’s Association for Lakes

See for program and registration information. Hope to see you there!

URI Home*A*Syst: 2017 Private Well Water Workshops (see Home*A*Syst for details)
URI’s Home*A*Syst program will hold community workshops for homeowners to learn about well water testing, protection, and good housekeeping practices to protect your drinking water quality.

  • Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at at 6 to 7 pm
  • Ben Eddy Building, 6 S Killingly Rd,
    Foster, RI 02825

We will answer your questions and provide you with a packet of resource materials. RI Department of Health water testing kits will be available at the program.

Workshops are free and open to the public. Please call (401) 874-4918 to register for the workshop of your choice.

The URI Home*A*Syst Program is an educational, technical resource to Rhode Island residents. We work to provide residents with the skills and resources needed to protect their drinking water quality, the quality of the State’s water resources, and to take action to protect their health and the environment. More more information see

 Collecting Mercury Bulbs in Rhode Island – Participating Retailers

Compact fluorescent light bulbs are a great way to cut your carbon emissions (and electric bills) but they contain mercury, which makes disposal a potential problem. Even the small amount of mercury found in the bulbs will accumulate in the tissues of fish and other species when the bulbs are simply thrown in the trash. Properly recycle the bulbs by bringing them to a participating hardware storm and protect our lakes, river and bay! See a list of hardware stores (and maybe buy a few LED bulbs while you are there which use even less electricity, do not contain mercury, and last a lot longer).

The Shocking Truth About Your Dog’s Poop
One of the biggest threats to many of our waterways is also one of our favorite things – the family dog. Learn why it’s so important by clicking here – and don’t forget to scoop it!

Farmers Markets – Statewide
Various days, times and locations
URI Cooperative Extension staff are often present to answer a variety of questions

Our local farms are gearing up for spring, AND still producing lots of local products including a wide variety of locally raised meats, eggs, greenhouse produce and more. Support local farmers, who help Rhode Island maintain its rural character, provide jobs, protect open space and water quality, all while providing nutritious, locally grown foods! To find one of these farmers’ markets click here to learn more.

Walk, hikes, paddles and cruises
See a complete list of outdoor events at “What Grows On in Rhode Island”