Animals / Environmental Issues
Roger Williams University is a proud participant, having adopted a stretch of Route 114, from the University entrance, through downtown Bristol, to the bike path. We must maintain our adopted area at least four times a year and inform the Department of Transportation each time we have held a clean-up event. Supplies are provided by the DOT. This is a great activity for a club, sports team or living area!
The Audubon Society of Rhode Island is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to statewide environmental education, conservation and advocacy. The Audubon Society of RI is the largest private environmental educator in RI, reaching well over 30,000 students each year. Members and staff work for natural area protection and management, wise use of resources and integrated environmental management. Its vigilant advocacy programs have kept the public and government informed of threats to the environment for over 100 years.
The following volunteer opportunities are available at the Audubon Environmental Education Center in Bristol, RI: gift shop, teaching assistant for grades K-12, exhibit hall guide/trail guide, garden caretakers, grounds maintenance workers and special events help.
The Animal Shelter provides a safe and caring shelter to animals in need and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 - 9:00 p.m., and weekends from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Volunteers are needed to hold and play with cats and dogs - volunteers play a critical part in the socialization of the shelter's animals. Volunteers are also needed to help answer the phone.
Coggeshall Farm Museum is a working 18th century seashore farm set on 35 acres in Colt State Park. It contains rare breeds of livestock that are similar to those found on the farm in 1790. Volunteers are needed to assist in the areas of animal care, general carpentry, object conservation, grounds work and paint analysis.
The RI Department of Environmental Management offers seasonal internships for youth (ages 16+) who want to learn about the environment, gain human resource skills and work with peers in responsible positions. Paid summer internships include positions as park naturalists, park rangers, seasonal beach managers and others.
Kettle Pond Farm is a refreshing vegetable oasis located in Berkley, MA on the Taunton River. The farm consists of forested walking trails, hay pastures and an organic vegetable operation. This includes a sixty member Community Supported Agriculture program (CSA) and a seasonal farm stand.
The Farm is practicing sustainable agriculture and stewardship of open space. It is a place where the community can learn about the natural world and the importance of small-scale, organic agriculture for the health of the environment, individuals and local communities. Learning can take place through our summer educational programs or through impromptu farm visits. Volunteers have had great experiences here!
Norman Bird Sanctuary
583 Third Beach Road, Middletown, RI 02842
Established in 1949 at the bequest of Mabel Norman Cerio, the Norman Bird Sanctuary, under the charge of her will, was to maintain the land “for the propagation, preservation, and protection of birds, and where birds and bird life may be observed, studied, taught, and enjoyed by lovers of nature and by the public generally so interested in a spirit of humanity and mercy.”
NBS is a mature nonprofit that has maintained steady growth throughout its history. Over the years, NBS has grown to include more than 325 acres of diverse habitats, and its mission remains true to Mabel Norman Cerio’s original vision. The Sanctuary is a community organization that has impacted the quality of life on Aquidneck Island and across the state for over sixty years
Save the Bay is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of Narragansett Bay and its coastal resources. Short-term volunteers are needed for surveying the shoreline, measuring water quality and surveying marine mammals, birds and vegetation, as well as for other environment-related projects. Additionally, volunteers interested in making a longer-term commitment can gain experience as interns working on marketing, public relations and development projects.
The Southside Community Land Trust believes that urban gardening is an important vehicle for developing community, promoting self-sufficiency and improving the quality of life in South Providence. SCLT promotes urban gardening, facilitates environmental education and creates solutions for other community needs. Short-term and long-term volunteers are needed to help create community gardens, work in educational programs and work on the urban organic farm.
The Nature Conservancy
159 Waterman St., Providence, RI 02906
Mission: The mission of The Nature Conservancy is the preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.
The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. They address the most pressing conservation threats at the largest scale. Thanks to the support of more than 1 million members, they have built a tremendous record of success since their founding in 1951.