A State-Federal Partnership Program



The Reserve's education sector strives to cultivate an awareness and knowledge of Narragansett Bay's natural resources, the changing nature of estuaries in the face of global climate change, research projects, land stewardship practices, and the resources available to the public in recreation, education and volunteer programs.

We work with partners to offer high quality and unique education programs. Examples of the Reserve's educational programs include year-round tours of the Reserve, on and off-site K-12 programs, summer camps, professional development workshops for educators, day-long or weekend programs for scouts and clubs, community events, presentations and displays at statewide public events, Prudence Island beach clean-ups, and exhibits in the Reserve's Learning Center.

Please contact Maureen Dewire, Education Coordinator (maureen@nbnerr.org) for any questions or to schedule a program.


We offer an assortment of opportunities for educators, from field trips for your students to professional development opportunities to enhance your knowledge and skills in estuary and coastal education. The links below will help you get started in planning your visit to the Reserve. Contact the Education Coordinator (maureen@nbnerr.org) for any questions.

Bring your students to the Reserve

Professional Development Opportunities

Estuary Resources

Students learn about and tag monarch butterflies while visiting the Reserve on Prudence Island.


Teachers from the 2012 "Teachers on the Estuary" (TOTE) professional development workshop learn about salt marsh ecology and get hands-on field experience that they can take back to their classrooms.




Do you have a Scout group, Club or other organization that would like to explore the Reserve? We have overnight accommodations for group sizes up to 14, or join a Reserve educator for a single day of exploration. We also have several ongoing stewardship projects, such as the removal of invasive species, for any groups interested in a community project.

Click here for details about transportation, lodging and other FAQ's.

Please contact Maureen Dewire, Education Coordinator for questions and to set up your adventure!



Sunset Trail, one of the many beautiful hiking trails on Prudence Island.

Throughout the year, the Reserve offers a suite of programs designed to engage and share the beauty of Prudence Island with people of all ages and backgrounds. Popular programs include seal tours (winter months only), bird watching, forest hikes and mushrooms for beginners. Be sure to check our Calendar of Events for program descriptions, dates and times.



Education Publications

The Narragansett Bay Research Reserve is creating brochures, fliers, lesson plans, self guided hike booklets and more. As these items are created we will provide links to them here so they can be downloaded and viewed online or printed.

Click here to view new editions and archived copies of our newsletter.

Click here to view the "Exploring the South End of Prudence: A Self Guided Hike." This guide book that will lead you on a 1.9 mile loop of the south end of Prudence Island. You can download and print a copy to bring with you on the trail.

Click here to view NBNERR's "Asian Shore Crab Population Study" lesson plan.

Click here to view NBNERR's "Eelgrass in Narragansett Bay: A Case Study" lesson plan




There are many incredible estuarine education resources available online. For those wanting to learn more about estuaries, here are links to a few of our favorites:
NOAA's National Ocean Service - Estuaries
EPA - National Estuary Program - About Estuaries
  Discovery of Estuarine Environments - URI, EPA, Narragansett Bay Commission
National Estuaries Day
The last Saturday in September is National Estuaries Day -- an interagency celebration of the amazing places where rivers meet the sea. Click here to find out more about National Estuaries Day and events going on around the country.
  For issues related to the Education Sector and Programs:
  Maureen Dewire, Education Coordinator, 401-683-1478
  maureen (at) nbnerr.org
  For issues related to the Coastal Training Program:
  jennifer (at) nbnerr.org
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