Kids Program

We believe that the natural world is an outflow of God's love and contains endless treasures for us to find. This year, we are offering a hands-on, discovery-centered morning program for children ages 4-15 to help them explore the wonder of that creation. The area around URI hosts a variety of enticing habitats from pine forest to freshwater swamp to sandy beach. Every morning, we will adventure to a new outdoor environment and acquaint ourselves with some of the animals and plants that live there. We will respond to what we find with a little bit of learning and leave plenty of room to explore and play. Be advised: Please bring extra clothes for when your children return. We will get wet and dirty.

Program Director

Lauren WatkaLauren Watka works as a Campus Minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, coaching and equipping students at Rhode Island College and Brown University to share the real hope of Christ on their campuses. Her first career, however, was in research and education. During her graduate school years and research at Brown University, Lauren discovered a passion for environmental stewardship. After graduating, she ran elementary school programs with the New England Aquarium and academic summer camps for high school students through Brown University. She finds the most joy tidepooling with her nieces and nephews around Cape Cod and climbing trees around her home in Providence, RI.