Home Sweet Habitat: Freshwater Wetlands

A blue damselfly perches on a white water lily on a dark background with a reflection in the water.
Freshwater wetlands are critical habitat for many species, and also benefit people by storing carbon and filtering water.

A habitat is an animal’s home, or the place where they live. Habitats are made up of the four resources that all animals need to survive: food, water, shelter and space. Without these four components, our native wildlife would not be able to live. Habitat can be found all throughout Rhode Island. It can be large or small, wet or dry and can even be an urban backyard! For example: food can be found in the source of garbage, gardens or insects. Water can be found gathered in dips in the ground or old buckets. Raised sheds or brush piles can be used as shelter, and as long as there aren’t too many other animals in the habitat, there is space.

What’s included in this kit?

  • Information about Rhode Island’s freshwater wetland habitats
  • Interactive activities
  • Sample lesson plans
  • PowerPoints
  • Photos and videos
  • Show and tell items

Check out our Home Sweet Habitat playlist on YouTube!



Home Sweet Habitat: Freshwater Wetlands Educator Packet

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our staff are happy to help provide any support you need! Email mary.gannon@dem.ri.gov.


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