Summer Session II course to focus on local environments

A course that examines local environments, Workshop in Environmental Education, will be available in RIC's Summer Session II, from July 6 to August 13, on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The course is available for undergraduate or graduate credits. It is listed as GEOG 350 for undergrads, and GEOG 550 for graduate students.

The course will include a visit to a local farm.
The course will introduce future (and current) teachers to issues in environmental science and provide ideas and strategies for teaching complex topics. It will explore the wide range of assets available in Rhode Island, and allow students to gain contacts, resources and ideas that will benefit them throughout their careers.

Field visits include Save The Bay (with a tour of the organization’s green building and education facilities), the Coastal Institute at URI, and Audubon’s Environmental Education Center in Bristol. Students will also learn about local farms and farmers markets, farm-to-school projects and A Garden for Every School. Other possible sites for visits include the wind turbine at Portsmouth Abbey, the Roger Williams Park Zoo and more.

Students will complete an individual independent study project to meet a goal of their own choosing, whether it's to develop a lesson plan or to investigate a topic in-depth.

To register, go to, click on Summer Sessions and use the Class Search tool. For more information on the course, contact Mary Grady at or (401) 941-1246.