The RIDEM Division of Fish and Wildlife offers free wildlife curriculum kits and learning resources for formal and informal K-8 educators through our Rhody Critter Kits Program. Each kit contains lesson plans, activities, videos, hands-on learning materials, and other resources curated by our Wildlife Outreach staff, with special emphasis on Rhode Island’s wildlife species, conservation work, and management practices.
Not a classroom teacher? Rhody Critter Kits are great for homeschool co-ops, librarians, informal educators, Scout troops, or any group that works with youth!
These kits have been designed to connect students to the wildlife resources right in their own backyards and communities. Materials were developed and selected to correlate to the following Next Generation Science Standards:
|LS1A||Structure and Function|
|LS2A||Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems|
|LS2C||Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience|
|LS4D||Biodiversity and Humans|
|ES3C||Human Impacts on Earth Systems|
Wildlife Outreach staff offer FREE training workshops for educators. These workshops are intended to support educators by providing in-depth background information, hands-on learning experiences, the opportunity to ask questions, and to build community. If you would like to schedule a training opportunity for your school, please contact the Wildlife Outreach Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Critter Kit Lending Policy:
Critter Kits are available to borrow for 2 weeks at a time. To reserve a kit, click the button below to view available dates and then fill out our reservation form to request a kit. Once your reservation has been confirmed, your selected kit can be picked up any time during your reservation period from the RIDEM Division of Fish and Wildlife headquarters at the Great Swamp Management: 277 Great Neck Road, West Kingston, RI 02892.
Wildlife Outreach staff will pick up the kit at your school or organization on the Friday morning of the second week. Please have the kit ready for pick up with a signed copy of the kit checklist confirming all items have been returned (checklist included with the kit). If in a school facility, we can pick up the kit in the school’s main office so that our staff does not interrupt your teaching schedule when picking up the kit.Reserve a Critter Kit
Send us your feedback!
Are you using this kit online only or have you borrowed a kit to use in your classroom? We want your feedback! We're always working to make our kits better. Please provide your thoughts using our online form.Critter Kits Feedback Form
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our staff are happy to help provide any support you need! Email email@example.com.
The Rhody Critter Kits Program is made possible through support from the Wildlife & Sport Fish Restoration Program and State Wildlife Grants.