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second graders spend the day on rose island


see how the past can provide answers for the future at the rose island lighthouse – a historic, living museum and environmental education center. here, the keeper’s practical, resourceful way of life becomes a reality for your students through the basic tour and hands-on activities selected especially for your class. (the environmental principles learned here can be used at school and at home, too.) programs are suitable for grades k-5.

rose island is located a mile offshore in the middle of the east passage of narragansett bay. it is accessible only by boat. half-day field trips to the lighthouse are offered only from april 1 until mid-october – weather permitting. when the weather is too severe to travel to the lighthouse, we can, instead, bring the lighthouse to your classroom – a lighthouse on wheels, that is. (see classroom & after-school program information.)

our education staff members lead each field trip to the lighthouse. trips last approximately 3 hours, including boat time. we work with teachers to custom design the activities for each class. teachers then prepare their students for the educational content to be studied, as well as proper dress for expected weather conditions and what to bring for lunch/snack time.

all field trips include a lighthouse tour of the museum (first floor living quarters) and the renewable / sustainable utilities in the basement (rainwater cistern, heating system, and lighting). students will be able to see first-hand what was it like to live at the turn of the century without running water and electricity. compare the old-fashioned to the modern "green" water, electric and heating utilities. learn basic resource conservation principles and techniques that can be used today and well into the future. our program can be customized for your classroom and curriculum needs.

procedure to reserve a date:

  1. call first 401-847-4242 ~ office hours are from 9 am and 1 pm, monday through friday. we'll pencil you in and discuss times and program details.
  2. field trip registration form
    we do not send invoices, so please make a copy of your completed registration form for use by your bookkeeping department. we will confirm your trip upon receipt of your deposit and registration form.
  3. download our field trip teacher's guide
  4. check out our lesson plans that are consistent with rhode island's standards-based curriculum.

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