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Wildlife Outreach Program

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    Looking for birds at the Great Swamp Management Area.
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    A school group takes a closer look at wildlife habitat
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    Public discussion on wildife in urban areas at RISD.
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    A scouting group explores the outdoors!

The Division of Fish and Wildlife began our Wildlife Outreach Program in 2017. We serve students, families, hunters, and the public through a variety of unique, enjoyable programs. These programs provide participants with information about Rhode Island’s wildlife species, conservation issues, and the work being done by our dedicated staff to protect, restore, and manage our state’s precious wildlife resources. Within the Wildlife Outreach Program’s first year, we connected with 3,900 Rhode Islanders of all ages through face-to-face programs and events!

If you are interested in receiving updates about wildlife conservation and events through the Wildlife Outreach Program, as well as the Hunter Education, Aquatic Resource Education, and Volunteer Programs, be sure to sign up for our monthly outreach email newsletter!




K-8 Classroom Programs

The Wildlife Outreach Program offers interactive, 1-hour classroom programs for K-8 classes. Students are provided with information and participate in fun, educational activities regarding the history of wildlife management, current conservation projects, and Rhode Island's diverse wildlife.

Program topics correspond with the seasons, connecting students with what is happening around them in nature. To view our fall, winter, and spring program offerings, and to register for a program, click the links below.

9-12 Classroom Programs

The Wildlife Outreach Program offers an in-depth classroom session, “Wildlife Management 101,” for high school environmental science and biology classes. Students will take away lots of information regarding local conservation, as well as an insight into what it’s like to work in the field of wildlife conservation!

To view our program calendar, and to schedule a program, click the links below.

Field Trip Program

The Wildlife Outreach program also offers interactive field trips for students in grades 4 – 12 to state management areas and state parks. During your field trip, students will learn about wildlife management and conservation, Rhode Island’s habitats, and how to look for signs of wildlife.

To schedule a field trip for your class, please contact Mary Gannon (, Wildlife Outreach Coordinator.

Thanks to the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program and the RI State Wildlife Grant, all outreach programs are FREE of charge, including all materials.

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Species Spotlight

Red Fox

Photo credit: Peter J. Ryan

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)

HABITAT: Short-eared owls live in grasslands, meadows and open areas.

FOOD: Short-eared owls eat a wide variety of small mammals like mice, voles, shrews, moles, rabbits, bats, rats, weasels, and muskrats.


  • The short-eared owl has not been found to breed in Rhode Island, but are frequently seen by bird watchers during fall migration and winter.
  • Sightings of this species in Rhode Island occur in coastal areas where grasslands are present.
  • If you're lucky, you might be able to spot one of these birds between Napatree Point and Point Judith, in Tiverton and Little Compton, and at Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge.

Conservation Status in RI: The short-eared owl is listed as a Species of Greatest Conservation Need in the Rhode Island State Wildlife Action Plan. Maintaining and conserving grassland habitat is a key action towards helping this species in our state.

Contact Wildlife Outreach Program
Mary Gannon, Wildlife Outreach Coordinator
Great Swamp Headquarters
277 Great Neck Rd., West Kingston 02892
Phone: (401) 789-0281