Winter 2014 URI Learning Landscape Program
at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center

Dear RI School Administrators and Teachers:  
 
Transportation scholarships are now available for 
Providence and Title I schools!  
 
The URI Learning Landscape Program would like to invite all Rhode Island elementary schools to attend this year's "Eco-Exploration" field trips at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center!
 
Teachers may apply for a scholarship by January 31, 2014 
to be eligible for the Winter 2014 program. 
FIELD TRIPS INCLUDE ALL OF THE STATIONS BELOW:
Carnivorous plants
 
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 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, 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.  Review what plants need in order to grow and thrive. Each student has a chance to  plant some seeds, bring them home and watch them grow! 
 
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 POLLINATORS
(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 Learning Landscape kids in greenhouse wouldn't be the same without the wide array of insect pollinators that 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: February 4 - March 28Tuesday - Friday, by reservation only
Hours: 10am - Noon
Location: Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, Providence, RI
Grades: Kindergarten - 5th grade, Limit 60 students per date
Cost: $10 per student, or $4 per student for Title I schools. This cost includes admission to the Botanical Center. Teachers and chaperones are free.
 

To schedule your field trip, please contact the 

Other Questions? Contact Kim Downes at downes@mail.uri.edu
 
SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

 Teachers may apply for Transportation Scholarships 
to cover the cost of one bus for the field trip.  

 

Applications are considered and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.  

TEACHER TESTIMONIAL
Denise Phillips, 1st Grade Teacher from 
Harris Elementary, Woonsocket 
      Learning about Feathers
"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."
                                                                                                                                                                           
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