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Eco-Exploration Field Trip

The Learning Landscape environmental education program invites elementary school groups to book an Eco-Exploration Field Trip to the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center during the fall and winter, or the URI Kingston Botanical Garden in the spring, for a hands-on environmental education experience.

Students use all of their senses to explore the plants and wildlife that inhabit southern New England. Topics such as ecosystems and adaptations, seed diversity, native mammals and birds worms and decomposers, energy and more are presented in a fun and age-appropriate format. Students bring their experiences back to the classroom with seeds planted in a recycled pot and their own nature journals.

Click here to see how the Learning Landscape can help teachers meet R.I. Grade Span Expectations in science and language arts.

  • Scholarships are available for eligible schools.Now Booking Winter 2011 field trips to the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center!
  • Scholarships are available to eligible schools.
  • Learning Landscape Brochure (PDF)

School Vacation Programs

Wish you could take the kids somewhere tropical this school vacation? Now you can! Join us for the Learning Landscape Program at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, open to the public during February and April School Vacation weeks.


Join us next year!

Kids have the chance to feel a coyote's fur, learn about red wiggler worm composting and even feed a venus fly trap during these specially guided field trips. Each child will plant seeds in their own greenhouse, take them home and watch them grow!

Location: Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, Providence
When: The program runs from 10am-12:15pm each day.
Who can participate: Open to children 5-12 years old accompanied by their adult chaperones.
Cost: $5.00 per person

Available by advance reservation only
Space is limited. Call 874-2900 or email ceec@etal.uri.edu for information or to make a reservation.
Hope you can join us!

Read what our participants have to say

"This trip far exceeded my expectation. The information brought to my students in two hours couldn't have been done in my own classroom...This trip was well organized and worth the time and money spent. I will definitely want to attend this trip again."

--Denise Phillips, First Grade Teacher from Harris Elementary, Woonsocket

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"The Learning Landscape field trip program for our elementary group really did provide our students with great hands-on exploration of life science. Each child planted seeds and was then able to bring home their newly planted seeds and watch them grow with their family. It was not only a wonderful learning experience but also a very special treat for the students."

-- Kathleen Sullivan, 3rd grade teacher from Martin Luther King Elementary, Providence

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"I learned some things too. Like worms have five hearts. That the little pine cones grow really big trees and that venus fly traps can only close five times. But I really liked feeling the animals' fur."

-- Cecelia, 1st grader from Westerly

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"Every teacher should bring their class to the Learning Landscape".

-- Marie Lupino, 4th grade teacher from Stadium School, Cranston

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"I loved learning about Venus fly traps. We had a great time. When can we come again? I learned that mammals can only have fur. The rabbit I saw was awesome! This was my best field trip ever!"

-- Max, 1st grader from Westerly

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"This is the best field trip we have ever been on."

-- Holly Polhemus, 4th grade teacher from Vartan Gregorian Elementary, Providence

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