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Session Descriptions: Day 1 AM Block: RI DEM

  • Session presenters, offerings, locations, and/or schedule are subject to change
  • In some cases, target audiences have been identified, but all sessions are open to everyone

Wild About Education with RI Department of Environmental Management
August 8, 10:55-11:35am
Tee Jay Boudreau, Administrative Officer, RI DEM Division of Forest Environment
Mary Grande, Wildlife Outreach Coordinator, RI DEM Division of Fish and Wildlife
Kimberly Sullivan, Principal Fisheries Biologist / Aquatic Resource Education Coordinator, RI DEM Division of Fish and Wildlife


  • Environmental Education, K-12, Teachers, Administrators
  • Audience cap: 40

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RI DEM) provides numerous environmental education opportunities to K-12 students and teachers throughout the state. From in-school programming to field trips, RI DEM is a tremendous resource for teachers to supplement their curricula and broaden the horizons of their students.

This session will include an overview of all the educational programs offered through the Division of Fish and Wildlife's Aquatic Resource Education and Wildlife Outreach programs as well as the Division of Forest Environment's Urban and Community Forestry program. Teachers can find out how to get free national curricula training, no cost field trips, and much more.

Tee Jay Boudreau is the Urban and Community Forestry Program Coordinator for RI DEM Division of Forest Environment. He works to provide education, outreach, and funding to RI communities on the importance of trees and forests in Rhode Island’s rural, urban, and suburban environments.

Mary Grande is the Wildlife Outreach Coordinator for the RI DEM Division of Fish and Wildlife. She works to educate students of all ages, families, and the general public on wildlife species and conservation efforts in Rhode Island. 

Kimberly Sullivan Is the Aquatic Resource Education (ARE) Coordinator for the RI DEM's Division of Fish and Wildlife. She works to enhance the public's knowledge of Rhode Island's water resources by providing fishing training, teacher training in Project WET and Project WILD, in-school programming including Salmon in the Classroom, and marine/freshwater ecology programming. The ARE program is statewide and serves a variety of age groups from pre-school to college and beyond.

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