Rose Island is a Class Act!
Students learn how the past can provide answers for the
future at the Rose Island Lighthouse – a historic, living
museum and environmental education center. You can either
visit the Lighthouse, or have the Lighthouse brought to
your school. See how the past en-LIGHT-ens the future!
The Rose Island Lighthouse is uniquely situated to serve
as an independent, energy efficient, environmental education
center. Without city services or utilities, the lighthouse
is directly dependent on forces of nature like wind power
and rainwater. The conscientious, resourceful way of life
practiced on this island by generations of keepers can
be an inspiration to us moderns.
Every year children from grades K-6 come to Rose Island
to learn about and participate in this traditional way
of life. Rose Island Lighthouse's student activities emphasize
an environmental awareness consistent with the tradition
of lightkeeping, as well as focusing on the restoration
of the building, the history of American lighthouses, and
the very special Rose Island environment.
To teachers and youth group leaders wishing to integrate
this unique experience into their curriculum:
Field trips to the lighthouse can
be designed to fit the needs of your class or youth group. Our hands-on activities
integrate multiple subject areas, including history, math,
science, language arts, geography and geology. When visiting
the Rose Island Lighthouse you not only participate in
a fun field trip, you also learn how to make a difference
in your own environment.
CLASSROOM AND AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS
(See below for registration form and Teacher's guide)
Programs last between 45-60 minutes each.
Cost: $3.00 per child PLUS $25 traveling lighthouse fee.
What is the traveling Lighthouse?
When you can’t get to the Lighthouse
at Rose Island, we’ll bring an 11-ft tall trailered model
to you. This solar powered Lighthouse is also equipped
with a standard 4" rain
gauge and rain making system. Students learn how rain
water is collected for everyday use at Rose Island --
like for washing windows! This hands-on experience gives
the students a better idea of how a lighthouse functions.
Grades Pre-K - 2.
"The Little Red Lighthouse
and the Great Gray Bridge"
The story teaches how a lighthouse feels when it is no
longer needed and becomes vandalized. A compelling way
to introduce students to their roles as environmental
stewards. Light and fog horn demonstrations and games
can be used to show students how a lighthouse works.
Grades Pre-K - 2
Children of the Lighthouse
at the Turn of the Century
Readings: "Keep The Light Burning, Abbie" or "Ida
Lewis." What was expected of the children? At extraordinary
times, young children took over the role of keepers. Abby
Burgess and Ida Lewis were just two of them. Rose Island
Lighthouse has its child hero stories as well…and it was
work, too. Learn through stories and role playing done
by the students. Grades K - 4
PROCEDURE TO RESERVE A DATE.
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.
- Classroom & After-School
Registration Form (Required Adobe Reader)
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.
- Download our Teacher's
- Check out our Lesson
Plans that are consistent with
Rhode Island's standards-based curriculum.