09-07-2020 Virtual Environmental Learning
Guest Lauren Parmelee, Director of Environmental Education, Audubon Society of RI
In adapting to COVID-19 restrictions, environmental education providers have become more innovative and tech savvy in the delivery of programs. This episode shares the story of a birdwalk along a board walk and offers ideas and resources for best practices in EE.
Story walking photo blog: EcoDetectives in the Wetlands
08-03-20 What is Geoengineering?
Guests Rachael McIntosh and Susan Clarke
Geoengineering is the intentional manipulation of the environment, that effect changes to Earth’s atmosphere and/or surface. No laws govern geoengineering, and our guests have been working to introduce The Geoengineering Act of 2020.
Story Walking photo blog: EcoDetectiive Among the Trees
Guest Amy DuFault, Sustainable Fashion Journalist & Organizer, SENE Fibershed
How deeply do people consider the environmental impact of their clothing purchases? Eco-conscious fashion change makers are working to solve the environmental problems created by the “fast fashion” approach that has dominated the clothing industry for the past 50 years. This episode begins with a walk to the former site of the Greenwich Bleachery, an Industrial Era textile mill.
Story Walk photo blog: EcoDetective at Bleachery Falls
06-01-20 Shopping the Online Farmers’ Market
Guests Patrick Straus and Brandon Monti, Co-founders of Freshconn
While COVID-19 has highlighted weaknesses and inequities in America’s supermarket supply system, FreshConn, is a new enterprise that combines local farm fresh ordering, home delivery, nutrition education and food rescue and relief for the less fortunate.
Story Walk photo blog: DeTECHtive Work
05-04-20 Wild Weed Wisdom
Guest: Katrina Blair, Founder, Turtle Lake Refuge; Author, Wisdom of the Wild Weeds
Wild plants are an abundant and unrealized source of nutrition and sustenance that can provide food insecurity. Many common weeds can be cultivated to nourish our bodies and enrich our soils. Various roots, shoots, leaves, flowers and seeds can be prepared as foods in a vast number of ways that are flavorful and rich in protein, vitamins, minerals and an untold number of beneficial phytonutrients.
Story Walk photo blog: EcoDetectives in the Weeds
Guests: Donna Kaehler, Director for Keep Blackstone Valley Beautiful, and James Toomey, Director of Marketing, Blackstone Valley Tourism Council
As Earth Day goes digital in response to the current pandemic, we’ll be talking about impactful actions we can take to help the Earth, despite the social isolation impressed upon us.
Story Walk photo blog: EcoDetectives on the Trail
Guest: Jayne Merner Senecal, Owner of Earth Care Farm
When we compost our food waste instead of dumping it into a landfill, we help build a system that pulls carbon out of the atmosphere and returns it to the earth where it can nurture life. This episode features a story walk through Earth Care Farm, the first and largest composting operation in Rhode Island. Story Walk photo blog: EcoDetectives Dig Up Some Dirt
02-03-20 The Amazing World of Solar Energy
Guests: Dana Goodman, Solar Consultant, NEC Solar, and Tom Seiter, Homeowner
Solar energy is limitless, clean and surprisingly affordable. This episode will investigate the many ways in which sunlight sustains and energizes our world,
01-06-20 What is Environmental Literacy?
Guest: Rachel Holbert, President of RIEEA
The Campaign for Environmental Literacy defines environmental literacy (EL) as “a broad understanding of how people and societies relate to each other and to natural systems, and how they might do so sustainably.”
Story Walk photo blog: EcoDetective on the Marsh
Guests: Leigh Vincola, Manager at Farm Fresh Rhode Island, and Susan Murray, Market Manager and Farmer at Coastal Foodshed
How do local food systems support sustainability and preserve the environment? The majority of produce sold in New England super markets is shipped all the way from California, and that requires a lot of fossil fuel for transport. The region has established a bold plan to produce 50 percent of its food by the year 2060.
Story Walk photo blog: EcoShopper at the Farmers Market
Guest: Bob Houghtaling, Director of the Eastern States Youth to Youth Conference
How does tobacco use effect on our environment, our health, our society and our young people? While cigarette smoking has come down, vaping use has risen dramatically, with serious repercussions.
Story Walk photo blog: EcoDetective at the Harborside
10-07-19 Voyaging into an Ocean of Plastic
Guest: Captain Breezy Grenier, Founder, Eco-Elders and Scientists are Super Heroes
How is plastic litter effecting ocean waters and marine life? Plastic bottles and bags, drinking straws, cigarette butts and microplastics get carried down storm drains or down rivers and out into the ocean. We will begin with a story walk through Scalloptown Park and along the shore of Goddard Memorial State Park.
Guest: Bonnie Combs, Marketing Director, Blackstone Heritage Corridor
Clean water is one of our most important resources. It sustains our lives, our health, our economy and our natural environment. How did our rivers and oceans become so polluted with trash, chemicals and bacteria, and what are we doing about it?
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Students learn to identify Nature's clues to the protective, healing and nutritional benefits of plants. 3 one-hour online classes
Nature kit provided prior to class sessions.
This online club is about making friends, sharing stories and environmental learning.
Weekly one-hour meeting.
Detective kit provided to club members.