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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 October and November 2012.  Watch your students' faces light up as they explore living ecosystems at the Botanical Center! 

The URI Learning Landscape program engages students in hands-on science activities in a tropical setting.  The program fulfills R.I. GSE's and is a great addition to the inquiry-based science kits used by many school systems.  Each student brings home a nature journal and a newly planted seed to extend the learning beyond the field trip experience.  Please forward along to teachers or reply to this email for more info! 
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Teacher Testimonial
Kathleen Sullivan, 3rd Grade Teacher from M.L.K. Elementary, Providence 
"For many of the children it was their first visit to the Botanical Center as well as a greenhouse. 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. Thank you again for helping us to widen our student's experiences in science with the Learning Landscape program."

Learning Landscape Program

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.  Their journey includes cacti typical to desert biomes, palms from the tropics, orchids from the rainforest and even a carnivorous plant bog.  Have you ever fed 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, feet and wings 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!
 
 RECYCLING, SEEDS AND PLANTS
 Tes
t your recycling knowledge, and then make plant pots  from recycled materials.  Each student has a chance to  plant some seeds, bring them home and watch them  grow! Review what plants need in order to grow and thrive.

 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 chain.
 
INSECTS and INVADERS (Grades K-2 or upon request of teacher)
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 to reproduce.

THE WATER CYCLE AND WATERSHEDS 

(Grades 3-5 or upon request of teacher) 

From raindrop to reservoir, take a closer look at how our every day actions effect the water cycle. What can you do to protect the water that we use to drink, swim and fish in the Ocean State?


REGISTRATION INFORMATION 
Dates: Weekday mornings October 23 - November 30, 2012 by reservation only 
-Excluding Thanksgiving week (November 19-23, 2012)- 
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

--Reduced Fees Available for Title 1 and Providence Schools-- 
 
Call today for reservations or more information:  
(401) 874-2900 or email outreach@uri.edu
 


Scholarships
Available

Ask about our scholarship opportunities! 

Title 1 schools may apply to receive reduced admission fees ($4.00/student) and transportation scholarships funded by the URI Master Gardeners.  All Providence school groups are eligible for a reduced admission fee. 



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