Environmental Education Center

W. Alton Jones Campus, 401 Victory Highway, West Greenwich, RI 02817-2158

altonjones@uri.edu401.874.8200 (p); 401.397.3293 (f)

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Living History

Experience history while traveling through a rural Rhode Island community in the 1830s.  Along the way you will meet a variety of characters such as a farmer, housewife, schoolteacher, child, and tavern keeper.  Concepts include colonial history, New England agricultural community, and early American way of life. Appropriate for grades 1-6.  This program requires that a visiting schoolteacher or parent accompany each field group.

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Early American History

Investigate foundations, stonewalls, cemeteries, and historic buildings to gain an understanding of life in early America.  Concepts include pioneer, folklore, human impact, and succession. Appropriate for grades 1-4.

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Learn the basic principles of archaeology through hands-on discovery as students participate in the excavation of a historic site on campus.  Concepts include New England history, feature, artifact, and culture.  Appropriate for grades 1-6.  Seasonal: Available fall and spring.

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Underground Railroad

In this immersive simulation activity, students role-play as slaves and travel a route to “freedom.”  On the way they encounter safe houses, conductors, and bounty hunters. Concepts include slave trade, history of slave trade, abolitionist, conductor, and bounty hunter. Appropriate for grades 1-8.  This program requires that a visiting schoolteacher or parent accompany each field groupSeasonal: Available September through early April. Note: This is an Evening Program which relies on darkness.

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