News and Press


All News


More Tweets

Permits/Licenses
Air Pollution Control Preconstruction Permits
Air Pollution Control Operating Permits
Freshwater Wetlands
Septic (ISDS/OWTS) Records
Septic (ISDS/OWTS) Licensing
Stormwater Permitting Info
All Other Water Permits
Aboveground Storage Tank Registration
Underground Storage Tanks
Permitted Waste Transporters
Online Hunting/Fishing
Boating/Fishing/Hunting
Boat Registration Renewal
Rec Freshwater Fishing Licenses
Rec Saltwater Fishing Licenses
Marine Fisheries License Renewals
Shellfish Harvester Certification
Online Renewals
Agriculture Product Permit Renewals
Hazardous Waste Transporter Permit Renewals
Medical Waste Generator Registration
UST Registration Renewal
Marine Fisheries License Renewals
Online Permit Searches
Multi-Sector General Permits
Non-Contact Cooling Water Permits
Septic (OWTS) Records After 1990
Septic (OWTS) Records Before 1990
Wetlands Permits
Remediation General Permits
Other Resources
Application Forms
Permit Application Center
Request a File Review
Rules and Regulations

Wildlife Outreach Program

  • birding
    Looking for birds at the Great Swamp Management Area.
  • buck hill
    A school group takes a closer look at wildlife habitat
  • RISD
    Public discussion on wildife in urban areas at RISD.
  • scouts
    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!

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.

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!


PUBLIC EVENTS

Saturday, November 17: Turkey Talk
11:00 AM at Cross' Mills Library, Charlestown. Just in time for Thanksgiving, join DEM's Wildlife Outreach Program for a late morning talk on Rhode Island's most well-known upland game bird!
 

FOR TEACHERS

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.

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.

 
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. Topics covered include

  • The history of wildlife management in America
  • Current conservation projects in Rhode Island
  • The role of hunting in wildlife conservation
  • Habitat management and restoration
  • Human impacts on wildlife
  • How students can get involved through the Division’s volunteer program

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!

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.

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.

In comparison to our classroom programs, our field trip opportunities are limited due to staff and location scheduling. To schedule a field trip for your class, please read and fill out the application attached below. Please also note the seasonal application deadlines.

  • The deadline for fall field trip applications is August 1st.
  • The deadline for winter field trip applications is November 1st.
  • The deadline for spring field trip applications is January 15th.

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.

Rev. 11/07/18

Wild RI Explorer

Read the latest magazine!
 

Sign up to receive the Wild Rhode Island Explorer magazine in your inbox quarterly!

Subscribe here

Species Spotlight

Dark-eyed Junco

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)

HABITAT: Coniferous forests during the breeding season, woodlands, fields, roadsides, and parks during the winter

FOOD: Seeds and insects

FUN FACTS:

  • Dark-eyed juncos spend most of the year in Canada, the northern U.S., and forested mountain ranges. They are one of Rhode Island's "snowbirds," appearing in larger numbers during the fall and winter months.
  • Juncos often feed on the ground in small flocks. You might spot them hopping around underneath your bird feeder!
  • When in flight, they flash their bright white tail feathers, which is a key to identifying them.
  • Dark-eyed juncos are in the sparrow family.
Contact Wildlife Outreach Program
Mary Grande, Wildlife Outreach Coordinator
Great Swamp Headquarters
277 Great Neck Rd., West Kingston 02892
Phone: (401) 789-0281
Mary.Grande@dem.ri.gov