NRCS Outreach Calendar
The following information lists planned outreach events in Rhode Island where the Natural Resources Conservation Service plans to provide information on technical and financial assistance available. In addition, information is also provided on recruitment efforts.
RI Coverts Cooperator Class: Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7, 2016 Camp Canonicus Exeter, RI, (May 11, 2016 evening session-optional). The RI Coverts Project is an educational program designed to help forest landowners promote the development of critical wildlife habitats using sound forest management practices that can make wildlife healthier, more diverse, and abundant. More information is available at http://www.rircd.org or by contacting Paul Dolan at 401- 500-0399 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rhode Island Agriculture Day at RI State House: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 from 11:30 AM -5:00 PM, RI State House, Smith Street, Providence, RI. To recognize the state’s $1.7 billion agriculture and green industries, the Department of Environmental Management will host the annual event showcasing Rhode Island’s agriculture industry with over 50 exhibitors. There will be a large variety of locally grown foods available for sampling and speaking program at 2:00 PM in the Governor’s State Room.
RI Envirothon Competition: Friday, May 20, 2016 from 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM, Kent County YMCA, 900 Centerville Rd, Warwick, RI 02886. The one-day event marks the culmination of a year of dedicated, hard work for high school students from around the State who will compete in teams to address environmental issues in four subject areas which include aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife, and soils and land use, plus one special environmental issue which changes annually.
RI Fiber Fest and Craft Fair-Coggeshall Farm and Museum: Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 10 AM – 5:00 PM, Coggeshall Farm Museum, 1 Colt Drive, Bristol, RI. The art of producing and working with natural fibers and traditional craft skills will take center stage at the 9th Annual Rhode Island Fiber Festival and Craft Fair at Coggeshall Farm Museum. Against a backdrop of a working 18th-century farm, artisans and craftspeople from across the Northeast will come together for a day of public celebration and exhibition.
Additional outreach events will be added as information becomes available.
Woods and Water: A Fall Forestry Tour: Saturday, October 24, 2015, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Rittling’s Tree Farm, 252 Tomaquag Road, Hopkinton, RI. Join RI Tree Farm, NRCS, RIRC&D, and RI Conservation Districts where local experts will provide a free tour to learn about: Wetlands in your woods, why they matter and what they mean for you; Protecting streams in your woods; Creating a forest management plan for your property; The RI Tree Farm Program; and Federal funding opportunities available for your property. To register, call (401) 500-0399 or visit www.rircd.org.
2015 Government & Non-Profit Career Fair: Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Johnson and Wales University, Pepsi Forum Auditorium, 8 Abbott Park Place, Providence, RI 02903. The Government & Non-Profit Career Fair provides the opportunity to speak with NRCS representatives about employment opportunities with the agency and the Federal government. The event will also include representatives from other governmental and private organizations.
Healthy Soils, Clean Water: Techniques to Improve Your Farm’s Soil Health and Water Resources: Thursday, November 5, 2015, 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM (Refreshments to follow.), Greenvale Vineyards, 582 Wapping Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871. Join us for this special event at historic Greenvale Vineyards to meet with other Eastern RI producers as well as representatives from state and federal agencies and RI’s Conservation Districts to learn about programs and techniques that will benefit your business and land’s resources. To register, please visit EasternRIConservation.org or call (401) 934-0840.
URI 2015 Fall Internship and Job Fair: Thursday, November 19, 2015 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, URI Memorial Union, Kingston, RI. The Fall Internship and Job Fair provides the opportunity to speak with NRCS representatives about employment opportunities with the agency and the Federal government. The event will also include representatives from other governmental and private organizations.
The Challenge of Habitat Restoration - Salt Marshes: Thursday, November 19, 2015, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Audubon Environmental Education Center (parking lot), 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI. Join the RI Wild Plant Society for a tour led by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service’s District Conservationists John Richard and Melissa Hayden. See the results of culverts installed and channels redefined to help water flow and to aid fish passage where the area was cleared of invasives and is one of the only spots in RI with native phragmities. To register, please visit www.riwps.org/event/habitat-restoration-salt-marsh/. ($10 fee, $5 fee for RIWPS members.)
Climate Change and Rhode Island Forests: Friday, November 20 and Saturday, November 21, 2015, Audubon Society of Rhode Island Headquarters, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI 02917. Join the RI Woodland Partnership, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, and the USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub for one or two workshops that will help foresters, land trusts, woodland owners, and conservation professionals integrate information related to climate change and forests into their stewardship and conservation activities. For additional information and to register for the free workshops, please visit www.forestadaptation.org/RI.
An Introduction to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Rhode Island’s Conservation Districts: Do you own or lease farmland or own forest land in Rhode Island? Join us for a free workshop to learn how to apply for NRCS federal funding in December for your best chance to secure funding in 2016. Funding is available for forest management plans, farm conservation plans, high tunnels, soil nutrient management, trail creation for forestry activities, and much more!
Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 5:00 to 7:00 PM, Jesse M. Smith Library, 100 Tinkham Lane, Harrisville, RI 02830. To register, visit nricd.org or call 401-934-0840
Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 5:00 to 7:00 PM, Sandywoods 43 Muse Way, Tiverton, RI 02878. To register, visit easternriconservation.org or call 401-934-0840
Thursday, December 10, 2015, 5:00 to 7:00 PM, Crandall House Main Floor, 188 Main Street, Ashaway, RI 02804. To register, visit sricd.org or call 401-500-0422.
Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) of RI Winter Conference: Healthy Soils, Healthy Plants, Healthy People: Sunday, February 28, 2016 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Hope and Main, 691 Hope Street, Warren, RI. Our 2016 Winter Conference will feature a full day of workshops with regionally and nationally recognized speakers in organic and sustainable agriculture as well as influential speakers from across southeast New England. For more information, please visit http://nofari.org/events/winter-conference.
Women in Agriculture Conference: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 from 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM, Alpine Country Club, 251 Pippin Orchard Road, Cranston, RI 02921. An exciting conference just for women involved in agriculture. The 2016 Rhode Island Women in Agriculture Conference will bring together farmers, educators, agricultural service providers and others to build production and business skills, share educational and organizational strategies, and forge new connections all aimed at expanding the success of women in sustainable agriculture. To learn more and register for this event, please visit the following Web site: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-ri-women-in-ag-conference-tickets-20866155232?aff=ebrowse.
URI 2016 Summer and Internship Job Fair: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, URI Memorial Union, Kingston, RI. The Summer and Internship Job Fair provides the opportunity to speak with NRCS representatives about employment opportunities with the agency and the Federal government. The event will also include representatives from other governmental and private organizations.
Scituate Conservation Commission and Scituate Land Trust 14th Annual Meeting: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 from 7:00 -9:00 PM, Chopmist Hill Center, Chopmist Hill Road (Route 102), North Scituate, RI. Gary Casabona, RI NRCS State Biologist will present “The Birds and The Bees” to highlight which plant species are best for attracting pollinators to your property and how you go about planting them.
13th Annual Land and Water Conservation Summit: Saturday, March 19, 2016 from 7:45 AM – 4:30 PM, URI Memorial Union, Kingston Campus, Kingston, RI. NRCS is a sponsor and will also have an exhibit booth. There are dedicated timeframes for attendees to visit the exhibits but the entire event is geared towards extensive networking and 30 workshops which provide valuable educational information on conservation and environmental related issues. For more information, please visit the following Web site: http://www.landandwaterpartnership.org/summit.php
Urban Farming, Scrub/Shrub Habitat, Monarch Butterfly/Native Bee Habitat Workshop: Learn About New 2016 Initiatives: Do you own or lease farmland or own forest land in Rhode Island? Join Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Rhode Island’s Conservation Districts for a free workshop on new initiatives and how to apply for NRCS federal funding. Also learn about applying for the Farm, Forest, and Open Space tax program which can reduce property taxes liability for many qualifying ag and forest land owners. Funding is available for forest management plans, farm conservation plans, high tunnels, soil nutrient management, trail creation for forestry activities, and much more!
Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 5:30 to 7:00 PM, Hope Associates’ Howland Barn, 1 Ryefield Road, Hope (Scituate), RI 02831. To register, visit nricd.org or call 401-934-0840.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 5:30 to 7:00 PM, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring Street, Newport, RI 02840. To register, visit easternriconservation.org or call 401-934-0842.
Thursday, April 7, 2016, 5:30 to 7:00 PM, South Kingstown Land Trust Barn, 17 Matunuck Beach Road, South Kingstown, RI 02879. To register, visit sricd.org or call 401-500-0422.
For more information, please visit the Events page on the NRCS Web Site: www.ri.nrcs.usda.gov.
Rhode Island Raised Livestock Annual Meeting and Ag Exhibitor Trade Show: Monday, April 4, 2016 from 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM, Coventry-West Greenwich Elks Lodge, 42 Nooseneck Road (Route 3) West Greenwich, RI, More information is available at www.rirla.org.
URI Spring Career and Job Fair: Wednesday, April 6, 2016 from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, URI Ryan Center Kingston, RI. The event provides the opportunity to speak with NRCS representatives about employment opportunities with the agency and the Federal government. The event will also include representatives from other governmental and private organizations.
Earth Day - Roger Williams Park Zoo Party for the Planet: Friday, April 22, 2016 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Roger Williams Park Zoo, Providence, RI. More information is available at: http://www.rwpzoo.org/calendar-event/party-planet