Help your favorite resource – Participate in Local Events

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, February 6, 2018; 6 to 7 pm
    • North Kingstown Free Library, 100 Boone Street, North Kingstown, RI
  • Monday, April 30, 2018; 6 to 7 pm
    • Little Compton Community Center, 34 Commons, Little Compton, RI

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. Register online here or call us at (401) 874-4918.

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

 2018 Land & Water Conservation Summit

  • Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the URI Memorial Union, Kingston
  • Who should attend? Board members, volunteers & staff from Watershed Councils, Land Trusts & Conservation Commissions … anyone interested in land and watershed conservation!

    You don’t want to miss it! This is your best opportunity in 2018 to network with your peers and attend outstanding workshops to help your organization be more effective.

  • See for details and to register. But act quickly – this event sells our each year.

URI Garden Symposium: Creating a Resilient Garden

  • Saturday, March 3 at 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
  • Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences; 120 Flagg Rd, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881
  • Tickets $65 until Feb 9th, then $75 (click here for details and to register)

The URI Master Gardener Program is pleased to bring you Creating a Resilient Garden,an engaging one-day gardening symposium designed for those who want to learn more about creating beautiful and environmentally-sound gardens. The sessions will help you DESIGN resilient gardens, DISCOVER herb gardening, and DECODE the truth about garden remedies. Educating and entertaining their audiences, these three keynote speakers are accomplished specialists in their fields and possess a wealth of knowledge and expertise.

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”