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You can build our knowledge of Rhode Island’s biota and ecosystems, critical for efficient, effective conservation, with a year-end gift to RINHS.

4 basic questions, 1 important mission for the Rhode Island Natural History Survey

  1. With over 18,000 species of animal and plant possible in Rhode Island, who can tell which are really here?
  2. A lot of people know a little about Rhode Island's animals and plants. How can we add those facts up to get a rich knowledge of our environment?
  3. How can we encourage young people to develop interests in wild animals and plants?
  4. How can we conserve our natural resources if we don't know what or where they are?

The RINHS Vision

The Rhode Island Natural History Survey is an independent, non-profit organization founded in 1994 to gather and disseminate information on Rhode Island’s animals and plants, geology, and ecosystems, to facilitate communication among the diverse people, agencies, and organizations interested in the ecology of Rhode Island, and to support naturalists and the study of Rhode Island’s natural history. Membership in RINHS supports events, research, and publications that highlight biodiversity, support the work of naturalists, and teach a new generation to be curious about the world around them. RINHS maintains an innovative portfolio of projects that promote communication and provide information for scientists, naturalists, and all individuals interested in natural history.

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Contact Us

Our office is usually open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday except state holidays. Because our small staff is often out of the office for meetings or fieldwork, you should call ahead just to be sure (401-874-5800). The Library and Resource Room is open whenever the office is. Wednesday is volunteer day so you can be sure of company on Wednesdays.

Physical address:

14 East Farm Road
URI East Farm
Kingston, RI 02881

Mailing address:

P.O. Box 1858 Kingston, RI 02881