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Wildlife Outreach Program

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    Looking for birds at the Great Swamp Management Area.
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    A school group takes a closer look at wildlife habitat
  • RISD
    Public discussion on wildife in urban areas at RISD.
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    A scouting group explores the outdoors!

The Division of Fish and Wildlife began our Wildlife Outreach Program in 2017. We serve students, families, hunters, and the public through a variety of unique, enjoyable programs. These programs provide participants with information about Rhode Island’s wildlife species and the work being done by our dedicated staff to protect, restore, and manage our state’s precious wildlife resources.

Wildlife Outreach Program COVID-19 Updates

The RIDEM Division of Fish & Wildlife Outreach Program has temporarily adjusted our program offerings to better support safety guidelines set forth by the State of Rhode Island to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Unfortunately, this means many of our in-person events have been suspended. To learn more about the current program offerings, including expanded distance learning resources, please review the list below:

Classroom Programs:

To reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, the RIDEM Division of Fish & Wildlife Outreach Program will not be visiting classrooms this year. However, we are excited to announce the release of our Rhody Critter Kits! These new FREE educational resources are intended for formal and informal environmental education. In light of the current health crisis, we will only be releasing the online portion of these kits which includes Rhode Island specific background information, lesson plans, activities, and videos. Check back in September for details on our Critter Kits!

Virtual Programs:

As a temporary substitute for our in-person public programming, the Wildlife Outreach Program is offering virtual events through libraries and other institutions. If your organization would like to host a virtual program, please contact the Wildlife Outreach Coordinator at mary.gannon@dem.ri.gov.

Field Trips:

We have suspended our field trip program. We will be using this time to refocus our school involvement into a concrete, collaborative and improved field trip program. Stay tuned for updates next year!

In-Person Public Programs (Libraries, Scouts, etc.)

At this time, the RI Division of Fish & Wildlife Outreach Program will not be hosting any in-person programming to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. We encourage you to participate in our Virtual Program offerings.

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Rev. 6/4/21

COVID-19 ALERT

RI DEM Division of Fish & Wildlife offers a variety of public programming through the Hunter Safety Education, Aquatic Resource Education and Wildlife Outreach programs. Programs include hunter and bowhunter safety courses, safe and responsible fishing training, teacher training, and environmental education opportunities for Rhode Islanders of all ages.

View DFW Outdoor Education COVID-19 Control Plans

Critter Kits

Attention Educators!

The RIDEM Division of Fish & Wildlife is excited to introduce the Rhody Critter Kit Program! These FREE educational kits are designed for both formal and informal educators for grades K-8, but the resources can be adapted for any grade level.

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Mary Gannon, Wildlife Outreach Coordinator
Great Swamp Headquarters
277 Great Neck Rd., West Kingston 02892
Phone: (401) 789-0281
Mary.Gannon@dem.ri.gov