Rhody Critter Kits

Rhody Critter Kits

The RIDEM Division of Fish and Wildlife offers free wildlife curriculum kits and learning resources for formal and informal K-5 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.

To view lessons and activities, click the links below:

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
LS4C Adaptation
LS4D Biodiversity and Humans
ESS3A Natural Resources
ES3C Human Impacts on Earth Systems

Educator Training:

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 mary.gannon@dem.ri.gov.

Critter Kit Lending Policy:

Critter Kits are available to borrow for 2 weeks at a time. To reserve a kit, click the appropriate button below to view available dates and then fill out the 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. Educators in the northern part of the state can borrow kits through the Washington Park Library in Providence. Educators in the southern part of the state can borrow kits through the Great Swamp Headquarters in West Kingston. *Librarians should borrow kits through the OLIS Equipment Catalog.

  • Educators must return their kits to the same location from which they were borrowed no later than 6pm on the second Thursday of the their reservation period. The kit checklist and  feedback form should be completed prior to return.
  • Educators can borrow multiple kits, but can only borrow each kit once per school year to ensure equitable access to the materials. The online materials can be accessed anytime through the DEM Rhody Critter Kit website to extend the amount of time spent learning with the kits.

*PLEASE READ*: We are able to offer these kits for free thanks to funding provided by the Wildlife and Sportfish Restoration and State Wildlife Grant Programs. In order to continue providing these resources, we ask that all educators show the 3-minute “What’s Our Mission” video to their students and/or include information regarding current conservation work underway in the state. Providing this context will allow us to maintain the kits for future use and expand the materials available. Thank you!

Northern Educators: Pick up at Washington Park Library (Providence) Southern Educators: Pick up at DFW Great Swamp Headquarters (W. Kingston)

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 gabrielle.demeillon@dem.ri.gov.


The Rhody Critter Kits Program is made possible through support from the Wildlife & Sport Fish Restoration Program and State Wildlife Grants.