The mission of the Rhode Island Natural History Survey is to:

  • Facilitate and coordinate the gathering and dissemination of information on Rhode Island’s biota, ecological communities, and geological systems
  • Enhance communication among Rhode Island’s natural scientists, educators, and decision makers
  • Provide sound scientific data that can be used to help make informed management decisions
  • Foster the preservation of Rhode Island’s natural history collections
  • Provide educational outreach

The Rhode Island Natural History Survey is a non-profit organization founded in 1994 to improve the work of the diverse people, agencies, and organizations interested in the ecology of Rhode Island by improving communication and coordination and to foster the availability, understanding, and use of scientifically sound information on Rhode Island’s animals and plants, geology, and ecosystems. RINHS manages the most up-to-date information on the location and status of Rhode Island’s animals, plants and ecosystems gathered through a network of contacts. It hosts events to highlight biodiversity and the work of researchers and naturalists. RINHS encourages the activities and contributions of avocational naturalists including students. It assists partners such as the University of Rhode Island College of the Environment and Life Sciences, the Rhode Island chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and local land trusts to undertake ecological education, research, inventory, and stewardship projects. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in Rhode Island’s plants and animals.