Educational Programs & Events

Environmental Movie Series
Speakers Series
Engagement at Wilbur-McMahon Schools

Environmental Film Screenings

Each winter, we sponsor a series of environmental film screenings at the Little Compton Community Center, free for all ages. These are returning in 2023, with the first one scheduled for January 20. The doors open at 6:30 PM and the films begin at 7 PM.

Read about our film screenings here.


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 are hoping to resume working with Wilbur-McMahon Schools in 2023. In collaboration with science and math teachers, 5th grade students 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. We connect them with local guides such as conservation landscape architect John Gwynne and birding expert Bob Emerson. When those students reach the autumn of their 6th grade year, they take a history tour of the Preserve with Marjory O’Toole, Executive Director of the Little Compton Historical Society. We supplement the visit with an SPA-guided observation of the changes on the landscape that have taken place since their springtime visit.  Local teachers have also requested that we add a guided visit to a local barrier beach to explore that additional habitat.


Speakers Series

Sakonnet Preservation sponsors public education events held at the Little Compton Community Center or via Zoom, bringing experts in the conservation field to speak on such topics as: grass-nesting bird stewardship; basics of conservation easements; local impacts of winter moth infestation. 

Virginia A. Brown – Dragonflies and Damselflies of Rhode Island
March 11, 2022

We invited Virginia A. Brown, author of ‘Dragonflies and Damselflies of Rhode Island’ to speak to us via zoom. If you were unable to attend, you can watch below, or find all of our recorded presentations here.

 Previous Events:

Annual Meeting Keynote Speakers – recordings available for 2020-2022 here. These meetings are free and open to the public regardless of membership. The keynote speaker focuses on a conservation-related topic.

January 27th, 2021. Lynda Mapes – Author of Witness Tree: Seasons of Change With a Century-Old Oak.  Video recording of this presentation can be found HERE.

February 17th, 2021. Deborah Cramer – Author of “The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, An Ancient Crab & An Epic Journey“.

March 10th, 2021. Dr. Koty Sharp“Coral Research in New England – Lessons about Microplastics Pollution and Climate Change from the Rhode Island Coastline”. Video recording of this presentation can be found HERE.

March 31st, 2021. Tim Traver – “Islands of the Early Morning Light: Climate Change and the Future of Southern New England’s Coastal Islands”. Video recording of this presentation can be found HERE.

April 21st, 2021. John Dante Prevedini – ‘Making Music from Found Objects in Nature‘. Video recording of this workshop can be found HERE.

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