Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
I am so thankful...
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Friday, September 25, 2020
Ever wonder about mushrooms? Learn how some are vital to decomposing, some are parasites, and some work with tree roots, helping them communicate and get more nutrition.
In Person: October 10th, 10 - 11:30 a.m. at Blackstone Park Conservancy. Meet at the Blackstone Park kiosk, by Parkside Road & East Orchard Avenue, Providence, RI 02906. Mushroom collecting is not allowed, but stay on the trails to see what you find! We’ll have laminated guides to borrow and Melissa on hand to identify photos sent by text. Kids can make clay mushrooms to take home. Masks, social distancing, and Registration required.
Virtual: October 21st, 6:30 p.m.
Register in advance for this meeting here.
Both are FREE, but donations always appreciated. Use the Donate button on our home page! More programs in the link (top right).
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Want to learn more about 15 Minute Field Trips? We have a Q&A session TONIGHT at 7 p.m. EST.
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Friday, August 7, 2020
"Join the Insect Orchestra!" August 15th 10-11:30 at Blackstone Field. Registration and masks required. Limited to 12 participants!
Buzz, whir, click, chirp! It's summer, and the trees, fields, and warm nights are full of sounds! They sound like machinery, but they're actually insects! Learn how insects make sounds, then make your own instruments with your family using our kit. Watch the Insect Orchestra here: https://youtu.be/1lTRC86Q7QI or see it on tour at the Rhode Island Museum of Art and Science (rimosa.org) in August and the RI Natural History Survey (rinhs.org) in September. Part of the "Art and Science at the Park" series with 15 Minute Field Trips.
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
This event is on the move! If you missed it at ASRI, Bristol, you can now view it at the Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art in Providence through August.
Registration required: http://www.rimosa.org/
Next we'll have a small, registered event at Blackstone Parks Conservancy on August 18th. I will add the registration link soon.
In September you can find us at the Rhode Island Natural History Survey building in Kingston. Stay tuned and stay safe!!
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Monday, June 1, 2020
Thursday, May 21, 2020
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Monday, May 11, 2020
Here's the first of nine pairings I will share this month. Stay tuned for exhibit info. Have a listen here: http://songsofinsects.com/katydids/american-shieldback You can order prints here: https://www.redbubble.com/i/art-board-print/Watermelon-with-wind-up-toy-by-Eco-Artopia/48081030.7Q6GI
Friday, May 8, 2020
Monday, May 4, 2020
We're going LIVE with a workshop with special guest, deep underground jazz musician Blind Lemon Nightcrawler! Learn about the greens and browns of compost and design your own menu for the compost cafe to help you remember how to reduce your food waste at home. Registration limited. Sign up here.
Monday, April 13, 2020
Friday, April 10, 2020
What about salad containers? We started mesclun greens and pea shoots in mini greenhouses using salad containers. Add water before soil and keep moist. Uncover containers when you see sprouts, then mist as needed.
exciting video tutorials in the future. Let us know what you'd like to see by commenting on our website. Check out our other videos here.
Sunday, April 5, 2020
Need some environmental ed downloads? I just added two new ones, and everything is 20% off on Monday! https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/S…/15-Minute-Field-Trips
I hope you are all well. I'm spending a lot of time on the computer teaching and preparing materials. I am grateful for my bird feeder just outside my window. Today, we had blue jays, cardinals, downy woodpeckers, brown-headed cow birds, and junco, titmice, and nuthatch. I hope the red-bellied woodpecker visits again! Nature is a gift.
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
You can compost at home, under your sink, in your back yard. Follow the recipe and cut pieces small or put them through a blender. Mix in to compost and keep damp but not soggy. For indoors in a small container, make sure to drill air holes. I do this around the bottom to also add drainage and put the container in a larger one. You can make one from a recycling bin or large Tupperware container. You'll want red wigglers (Eisenia fetida) for small composting. Earthworms and nightcrawlers are fine for outside.
If you want to buy worms or a compost bin, I like these vendors:
This activity is part of our "Dirt Pop Up Museum", where we set up several art and science stations for kids to learn more about worms! Check out our program link on the right or here. Learn more on your own with the links on the left under "Dirt and Detrivores", then "Worms and Compost".
But wait, there's more! Here's how you can close the loop on food waste:
Where to bring your compost:
Rhode Island Compost Sites
Where to compost in other states.
Who collects compost:
Where to get compost:
Forbes Street Compost, East Providence
Regulations and Education: