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.
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.
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.