The Westerly Land Trust welcomes school groups, summer camps, and scout troops to use our preserves as living laboratories. Our preserves offer an array of ecosystems to explore, providing an excellent opportunity for students to study wildlife, habitats, geology, botany and connect with the natural world. WLT is currently working with several local schools to engage students in hands-on experiences aimed at instilling a deep understanding and appreciation for the environment.
Westerly Land Trust currently partners with Chariho Regional Schools, Pine Point School, Westerly Public Schools, and St. Michael School throughout the school year. We are also excited to partner with like-minded organizations to offer joint programming in science education on both water and land.
Westerly Land Trust’s education initiative supports the Rhode Island Environmental Literacy Plan. Rhode Island is among the first states in the nation to finish an Environmental Literacy Plan, opening the door for potential federal funding that will help equip teachers with skills, knowledge and confidence needed to integrate critical environmental and science learning into their curricula. Our educational programming also aligns with GEMSnet (Guiding Education in Math and Science Network) science standards to apply science education goals on the land.
To learn more about the educational value of Westerly Land Trust properties, click on the link below to view the Educators’ Guide to WLT Preserves. This document is a guide for educators who are looking for natural spaces where they can immerse students in environmental studies.