Educational Programs & Events

Each year, Sakonnet Preservation hosts several types of education outreach programs, whether in person or via zoom. Please see the links below, and scroll down to learn more.

Upcoming Events
Environmental Movie Series
Speakers Series
Engagement at Wilbur-McMahon Schools

Upcoming Events

2023 Annual Meeting
July 19, 2023 | 7pm | Little Compton Community Center
The featured presenter will be Heather Holm, a nationally recognized expert on bees and wasps. Holm will address the fascinating world of these beneficial pollinators and the native plant communities that support them. She is active on Facebook and Twitter, and her website has a wealth of information. Start learning from Heather here.

Photo of a woman behind a variety of flowering plants.

Photograph by David Joles, Star Tribune (MN).

Environmental Film Screenings

Each winter, we sponsor a series of environmental film screenings at the Little Compton Community Center, free for all ages. The doors open at 6:30 PM and the films begin at 7 PM.

2023 films included:

Speakers Series

Sakonnet Preservation has hosted many interesting speakers over the past few years, and recordings of these can be found HERE. Our most recent speakers were Greg & Weatherly Bates. To view a recording of the presentation, please click the picture below.

Greg & Weatherly Bates – Little Compton Raised to Raising Alaskan Mariculture
March 17, 2023 





Engagement at Wilbur-McMahon Schools

A group of three children stand atop a pile of stones in a verdant landscape, gazing at an item on the ground with their backs to the camera. An adult looks on from the left.

2019 Field Trip to Simmons Mill Pond with Wilbur-McMahon students.

We will resume working with Wilbur-McMahon Schools in 2023.

In collaboration with science and math teachers, 5th grade students will visit the Simmons Mill Pond Preserve for annual half-day visits for exposure to its public trails, local birds, plants, trees and habitat as part of their curriculum. Previous local guides have included conservation landscape architect John Gwynne and birding expert Bob Emerson. When those students reach the autumn of their 6th grade year, they often take a history tour of the Preserve with Marjory O’Toole, Executive Director of the Little Compton Historical Society. We have supplemented this visit with an SPA-guided observation of the changes on the landscape that have taken place since their springtime visit. 

This year’s 7th graders will visit the PT Marvell Preserve. When they reach 8th grade, they will help us develop interpretive information for the Preserve’s entrance that the public can enjoy.

Local teachers have also requested that we add a guided visit to a local barrier beach to explore that additional habitat.

2018 Land Trust Days: Wild Medicinal Herbs Walk at the PT Marvell Preserve with Radia Herbs.

Annual Events

Annual Meeting Land Trust Alliance Rally International Coastal Cleanup Earth Day Kids Fishing Day at Ponderosa Land & Water Summit RI Land Trust Days Field Trip to Simmons Mill Pond