15 Minute Field Trips™
15 Minute Field Trips™ is dedicated to environmental advocacy through art and environmental literacy through physical and online resources, training, and creation of “field trips” to get children, classrooms, and families outdoors. It is our hope that through frequent exposure to nature we will create responsible citizens and advocates for the environment as well as provide a way to reduce anxiety through the enjoyment of nature.
Melissa became a URI Master Gardener in 2011 and was involved in the pilot Eco-Exploration Camp. She was also in Audubon Society of RI's pilot Schoolyard Science for an Urban Eco-System and was named Environmental Educator of the Year in 2012. She started and maintains a school garden where she teaches environmental education STEM to STEAM. She continues to be recognized for her program development and dedication to environmental literacy, speaking at the Rhode Island Environmental Education Association's annual meeting on STEM to STEAM enactment, presenting and workshopping "Art & Design to Engage Kids in STEM Subjects" at the New England Association of Technology Teachers 2014 conference, presenting on how to start and maintain a school garden at the 2015 "School Gardens 101" conference at Rhode Island College, and has received multiple recognition awards from the East Providence School Department. She has developed her programming over years working with elementary students and started an Eco-Warrior program to encourage environmental leadership at home.
President: Marilyn Eanet
Marilyn Eanet, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, Rhode Island College is an educator and a holistic psychotherapist. Initially majoring in Speech and Theater with minors in English and music, she taught in urban high schools in Kansas City, Missouri. After receiving an MA is Speech Communications for Columbia University, her teaching experiences led her to the study of literacy at the secondary, adult and college levels. After obtaining a Ph.D. in Reading Education at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, she moved to Rhode Island to spend 26 years on the faculty at Rhode Island College where she was involved in teaching literacy courses and creating programs in college learning skills and in adult literacy. She also consulted in urban high schools and co-led the Teacher Academy, a program to encourage and support culturally diverse students to become teachers. Before retiring from the college she earned degrees in Holistic Counseling from salve Regina University and spent a number of years in a private counseling practice.
Marilyn’s love of the natural world is deeply seated in her childhood growing up on a small family farm in northwest Missouri. Her other interests include music, especially classical, choral and folk music, and theater. She volunteers in projects and activities at her church and beyond.
Vice-President: Sean McCormack
Sean has 15 years of experience as a consultant in the the civil and electrical engineering fields, with an emphasis on map making. He founded The Earthen Fellowship, a community organization that encourages and inspires its more than 2300 members to get into the beauty of nature as a way to stay fit in both mind and body. As a nature guide, he holds multiple certifications in wilderness medicine and he has trained in search and rescue. He was also a youth counselor at a popular BMX and skateboard camp. Sean's major area of study pertains to the integration of cultures and how to best relate them into our natural environment. He has an English literature background and is an avid poetry writer.
Treasurer: Marlon Carey
Secretary: Ryk McIntyre
Ryk McIntyre is a writer, performer, student and activist living in Providence, He has been published widely over the years in fiction, non-fiction and poetry publications, including two collections of his writing, "After Everything Burns" (2013 Sargent Press) and "The Man at the Door" (2018 Broken Head Press) RI. He is active in social justice causes through through his church, First Unitarian Church of Providence, and independently as well.
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