Land Stewardship


Informal education program for diverse RI youth audiences that combine hands-on education and the development of life skills through an extensive 4-H volunteer system, schools, community organizations and military partners.

Biological Control Lab

Research and outreach projects associated with management of invasive species. Current projects include management of the lily leaf beetle with parasitic wasps, and biological control of swallow-worts with the moth, Hypena opulenta. URI undergraduates participate in research in the summer, and throughout the school year.

Forestry and Wildlife Habitat

URI-NRS Extension programs offer practical training, computerized mapping and innovative technologies to tailor scientific advances to the specific needs of Rhode Islanders.

Geospatial Extension

The Environmental Data Center is the center of technical expertise in GIS for the state of Rhode Island. The EDC is a Geographic Information System (GIS) and spatial data analysis laboratory.

Integrated Pest Management Program

Landscape IPM and biological control implementation in communities; IPM implementation in specialty crops; IPM support for pest diagnostic facilities.

Invasive Plant Management Certification Program

Training programs for green industry professionals in terrestrial invasive plant management, coastal and upland and regulations.

Master Gardener Program

Education on sustainable horticulture topics to volunteer educators; volunteer community projects throughout RI.

School Garden Initiative

Harnesses children’s enthusiasm for the natural world​, foster environmental awareness, ecological literacy and wellness, and bolster students’ understanding of nutrition and food access through outdoor engagement and applied learning in a “living laboratory” – the school garden.
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