The Westerly Land Trust’s preserves offer an array of ecosystems to explore, providing excellent opportunities for students to study wildlife, habitats, geology, and botany, while connecting with the natural world. Our education initiative supports the Rhode Island Environmental Literacy Plan, SEL (Social Emotional Learning), NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards), and aligns with GEMSnet (Guiding Education in Math and Science Network) science standards to apply science education goals on the land.
We offer guided field trips, teacher support, and afterschool enrichment. For information on how your students can participate in Westerly Land Trust educational programming, please contact Lauren Barber at [email protected] or phone 401-315-2610 x 1 1.
Living Laboratories- Westerly Elementary Afterschool Enrichment
To sign up for upcoming Living Laboratories programs, please locate your school’s name and click the link next to the program you would like to attend. Please note, this will prompt you to fill out a participation agreement, completion of the participation agreement enrolls your student into that specific program. To be placed on a waitlist of a program marked as FULL , or to remove a student who can no longer attend, please email Lauren Barber.
Eco-Engineers: In this adventure, students will use technology to explore WLT trails in search of different ecosystems, observe various habitats, and get creative by constructing an animal’s home using the nature that surrounds them.
Dunn’s Corners Elementary School (K-2)
|K-2||RESCHEDULED FOR JUNE 1||3:45 – 5:15||Grills Preserve||Eco- Engineers||FULL|
About Living Laboratories
In response to the altered school schedules and gathering limitations brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Westerly Land Trust created a program called Living Laboratories, which is held outside on our preserves and provides hands-on, experiential lessons designed for grades K-8. Due to the program’s success, we are continuing Living Laboratories and offering afterschool programs to all Westerly Elementary schools. Programs are free of charge (like all of WLT’s educational programing), thanks to the generous support of our community and various foundations. Stay tuned for more program offerings and check out Living Laboratories featured in Eco RI News.
***COVID NOTES: The Westerly Land Trust follows Rhode Island Department of Health guidelines to determine group sizes and safety precautions.