Dear RI School Administrators and Teachers:
Transportation scholarships and admission discounts are available for K-5 elementary school groups interested in visiting the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center in Providence for an environmental field trip this February and March 2012.
The URI Learning Landscape program engages students in hands-on science activities in a lush, tropical setting. The program complements R.I. GSE's in the life science and language arts and is a great addition to the inquiry based science kits used by many teachers. Please forward along to teachers or reply to this email for more info!
Denise Phillips, First Grade Teacher from Harris Elementary, Woonsocket
"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."
ECOSYSTEMS AND ADAPTATIONS
Students are invited to explore plants from around the world and discover the adaptations that help them to thrive in different climates. Investigate cacti from the desert, palms from the tropics, orchids from the rainforest and even a carnivorous plant bog. Have you ever seen a Venus Flytrap? Learning Landscape students have!
NATIVE BIRDS AND MAMMALS
Take a closer look at our feathered friends: what makes birds special? How do differences in beaks and feet help them to survive? Examine native mammals using skulls, teeth and skins. What can animal adaptations tell us about predator / prey relationships? Answer this question and many more with a hands-on look at life in the wild!
WORMS AND DECOMPOSERS
View a natural recycling system at work: learn about worm composting and the important role that these wiggly invertebrates play in the food web.
RECYCLING, SEEDS AND PLANTS
Test your recycling knowledge, and then make plant pots from recycled materials. Investigate the diverse world of seeds, and plant some seeds to bring home. Learn what seeds and plants need in order to grow and thrive.
THE WATER CYCLE AND WATERSHEDS(Grades K, 3-5, available upon request)
From raindrop to reservoir, take a closer look at how our everyday actions affect the water cycle. What can you do to protect the water that we use to drink, swim and fish in the Ocean State?
INSECTS and INVADERS (Grades 1 & 2, available upon request)
Do you know the difference between an insect and an arachnid? Have you ever wondered what the world looks like through a pair of compound eyes? While some insects like the Asian Longhorned Beetle can cause damage, our world wouldn't be the same without the wide array of insect pollinators that many plants rely on in order to reproduce.
Dates: Tues-Friday, February - March 2012 by reservation only
Hours: 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon
Location: Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, Providence, RI
Grades: K - 5, limit 60 students
Cost: $7.00 per student includes the cost of admission to the Botanical Center
Call today for reservations or more information: (401) 874-2900
Ask about our scholarship opportunities! Providence and Title 1 Schools may apply to receive reduced admission fees and transportation scholarships for free bussing.
Scholarships are available courtesy of the Providence Parks and Recreation Department and the URI Master Gardener Association.