Education Partners

Bike Newport

Bike Newport’s mission is to create the conditions that lead to more people biking more often, and to ensure that bicycling is a viable, safe and comfortable primary choice for transportation and recreation.

NBS and Bike Newport have worked to gather to raise environmental transportation awareness.

Boys and Girls Club of Newport County

BGC of Newport County is committed to providing a safe haven for kids and teens on Aquidneck Island where they could find encouragement toward bright futures.

NBS works with BGC to connect Newport County-based youth with a variety of our Education programs, increasing the accessibility and reach of our programming.

Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology brings together the agility and impact of an on-the-ground nonprofit organization with world-class science and teaching as part of Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Each year, the Norman Bird Sanctuary serves as an official chapter of Cornell’s Project Nestwatch, contributing data observed from over 300 bird nesting boxes.

FabNewport

Grounded in positive youth development, FabNewport ensures youth have equitable access to the opportunities, resources and relationships so they can thrive today and in the future.

NBS is a proud member of FabNewport’s All Course Network program, a statewide course catalog that lets students take free courses at colleges, schools, or online, through our Surf and Turf Conservation program.

Green Infrastructure Coalition

The Green Infrastructure Coalition is for Rhode Island municipalities to have sustainable stormwater management programs which prioritize implementing green infrastructure, which uses vegetation and soil to manage rainwater where it falls.

GreenLove Foundation

Taking root from its inspirational spirit, the Greenlove Foundation seeks to foster and grow an optimistic, positive and forward-thinking sense of environmental responsibility and sustainability awareness.

Jamestown Housing Authority

The Jamestown Housing Authority provides stable, quality affordable housing opportunities for low and moderate income families throughout the local community.

NBS works with Jamestown Housing Authority to connect Jamestown-based youth with a variety of our Education programs, increasing the accessibility and reach of our programming.

Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center

Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center is a central service provider for at-risk individuals, families, and seniors in Newport County. An independent nonprofit, the MLK Community Center fights hunger, promotes health, educates young and school-aged kids, supports families, and engages seniors.

Through our Good Gardens, NBS is able to donate over a ton of volunteer-grown vegetables, fruits, herbs, and cut flowers to the MLK Community Center annually. The Sanctuary received a 2022 Best Practice Award from the Rhode Island Foundation in honor of the enduring success of this partnership.

Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center, East Bay School

The Met is a network of six small, public high schools located in Providence and Newport, Rhode Island. With high standards and strong family engagement, the Met’s individualized learning approach has proven successful in unlocking students’ passion for learning.

Middletown Child Opportunity Zone

The Middletown Child Opportunity Zone (MCOZ) is a member of a network of ten COZ sites across the state. COZs follow the National Community Schools model, creating partnerships among families, schools, and the community to coordinate comprehensive academic, social and health/wellness services for students and their families, resulting in improved educational outcomes for children.

NBS works with MCOZ to connect Middletown-based youth with a variety of our Education programs, increasing the accessibility and reach of our programming.

Middletown Outreach Department

Middletown Outreach Department support the efforts and meet the needs of all community members by delivering enrichment, guidance, and wellness opportunities.

NBS works with Middletown Outreach Department to connect Middletown-based youth with a variety of our Education programs, increasing the accessibility and reach of our programming.

Newport Art Museum

The Newport Art Museum was founded in 1912 on the belief that arts and culture have the power to bring diverse groups of individuals together, which ultimately promotes civic engagement and strengthens the social fabric of our communities.

Newport County YMCA

NCYMCA is a non-profit organization of people of all ages, ethnic origins, religious affiliations and socio- economic levels, committed to significantly improving and positively influencing the quality of life and social well being for our members, our families and our community.

Newport Public Education Foundation

The Newport Public Education Foundation empowers teachers, administrators and community partners to provide enriching educational experiences for the students of Newport Public Schools.

Rhode Island Environmental Education Association, Inc. (RIEEA)

RIEEA is a collaborative network of individuals and organizations working to promote environmental education in both formal and nonformal settings.

Salve Regina University

In collaboration with Dr. Jameson Chace, Salve Regina Conservation Biology students have conducted extensive research across the NBS campus, including a comprehensive overview of invasive species and a water quality assessment. Students have also collaborated with NBS to install Bird Boxes, collect data and identify bird species, and analyze and prepare data for the public.

 

Star Kids

The Star Kids Scholarship Program provides educational opportunities in the form of tuition aid to effective non-public schools, uniforms, after-school and summer programs, tutoring and mentoring for those high risk, low-income children who have a parent with a history of incarceration and/or substance abuse.

In collaboration with the organization’s Scholarship Program, Norman Bird Sanctuary has awarded hundreds of scholarship awards to active Star Kids.

Tomaquag Museum

Tomaquag Indigenous Museum, one of the oldest tribal museums in the country and Rhode Island’s only Indigenous-led museum, is dedicated to educating the public about Indigenous history, culture, and arts.

URI SMILE Program

SMILE (Science and Math Investigative Learning Experiences) is a statewide after-school STEM program for 4th-12th graders, focusing on creative problem-solving and promoting higher education for underrepresented students. The initiative offers professional development for Rhode Island teachers and hosts community events like Family Science Nights. Students are also granted the opportunity to collaborate with University of Rhode Island mentors on annual projects and contribute to global stewardship efforts.

Through Dr. Evan Preisser’s NSF funding, Norman Bird Sanctuary is able to collaborate with SMILE to host regular field trip programs for students involved in the program.  

Garden and Wellness Partners

AARP

AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to the more than 100 million Americans 50-plus and their families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment.

NBS worked with AARP to provide garden and wellness programming and discounted trail rates.

Aquidneck Community Table

Aquidneck Community Table works in many ways to build a vibrant food system on Aquidneck Island: distribution of fresh foods at our farmers markets, education in school and community gardens, programs that inspire young people to love nutritious foods.

NBS is an active participant in Aquidneck Community Table, which connects our team directly to clients from a variety of local community organizations.

Aquidneck Land Trust

Aquidneck Land Trust’s mission is to preserve and steward Aquidneck Island’s open spaces for the lasting benefit of the community, while connecting people with the land that defines the Island’s natural character.

The NBS Good Gardens is supported by Aquidneck Land Trust. Together, they collaborate over the management of shared easement properties.

Fall River Deaconess Home

The Fall River Deaconess Home is a vibrant, dynamic agency, that provides cutting-edge, comprehensive treatment services to youth and families in need and remains true to founding principles.

Looking Upwards

Looking Upwards is a private, nonprofit agency offering a wide array of services to adults with developmental disabilities and children and youth with special healthcare needs on Aquidneck Island.

In addition to extensive volunteering in the Good Gardens, Looking Upwards has an ongoing programmatic collaboration with NBS through our Adaptive Walks series.

Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center

Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center is a central service provider for at-risk individuals, families, and seniors in Newport County. An independent nonprofit, the MLK Community Center fights hunger, promotes health, educates young and school-aged kids, supports families, and engages seniors.

Through our Good Gardens, NBS is able to donate over a ton of volunteer-grown vegetables, fruits, herbs, and cut flowers to the MLK Community Center annually. The Sanctuary received a 2022 Best Practice Award from the Rhode Island Foundation in honor of the enduring success of this partnership.

Rhode Island Wild Plant Society

The Rhode Island Wild Plant Society is a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation and protection of Rhode Island’s native plants and their habitats.

Norman Bird Sanctuary participates in the Re-Seeding Rhode Island Initiative, a five-year plan to increase the availability of plants grown from locally sourced wild native seeds collected in Rhode Island.

Sacred Center

Sacred Center is an inclusive, life affirming, interfaith, online and local learning community on Aquidneck Island in Rhode Island devoted to helping people find their sacred center within.

The Sacred Center offers yoga and wellness programming at the Norman Bird Sanctuary.

Sankofa Community Connection

Sankofa Community Connection works to increase pride of place within the African American Community of Newport County, through community gatherings to promote social cohesion, discussions of institutional racism and racial oppression to promote dialogue and create solutions to the issues, and historical education to reveal, honor and celebrate the cultural heritage of African Americans of early Newport.

 

St. Columba's Chapel

St. Columba’s is a parish in search of the “more”: a surer belief in God’s love, a greater role in our community, a church that is also a home.

URI Master Gardener Program

The URI Master Gardener Program was established in 1977 to educate citizens in environmentally-sound gardening practices through the dissemination of factual, research-based information. Through a train-the-trainer approach, over 800 volunteers serve as community-based educators, amplifying the impact of Cooperative Extension to improve environmental quality and build healthy communities throughout Rhode Island.

Volunteer URI Master Gardeners completely rebuilt and redesigned the Good Gardens in 2017, creating an engaging teaching garden that models best practice in organic gardening. The Good Gardens partnership between Norman Bird Sanctuary and the URI Master Gardeners plays an important role as part of our 300-acre outdoor classroom.

Conservation Partners

Aquidneck Stone Wall Initiative

The Aquidneck Stone Wall Initiative is a joint effort led by The Preservation Society of Newport County and Preserve Rhode Island, aimed to protect and improve Aquidneck Island’s scenic quality by preserving its historic stone walls. By engaging volunteers in the art and craft of dry laid stone masonry, the Initiative encourages participatory preservation efforts across Rhode Island’s historic landscapes.

Norman Bird Sanctuary has served as a volunteer site with the Stone Wall Initiative since 2020, offering a prime opportunity for experiential education and hands-on historic preservation. Since the site’s pilot year, a dedicated crew of volunteers has repaired over 1,000 linear feet of wall across the NBS campus under the direction of master stone waller Robert Faraone.

Preserve Rhode Island

Preserve Rhode Island is the only statewide non-profit working to protect historic places through advocacy, stewardship, and preservation programs. Our mission is to protect and activate historic places for the benefit of all Rhode Islanders.

In collaboration with Aquidneck Stone Wall Initiative and The Preservation Society of Newport County, Preserve Rhode Island supports the Sanctuary’s efforts to repair miles of stone walls across the NBS campus and directly engages and manages the project’s volunteers.

Salve Regina University

In collaboration with Dr. Jameson Chace, Salve Regina Conservation Biology students have conducted extensive research across the NBS campus, including a comprehensive overview of invasive species and a water quality assessment. Students have also collaborated with our Conservation Crew, Properties and Education teams to install Bird Boxes, collect data and identify bird species, and analyze and prepare data for the public.

Organizational Partners

Aquidneck Land Trust

The Aquidneck Land Trust’s mission is to preserve Aquidneck Island’s open spaces and connect people with lands that define the Island’s natural character.

Castle Hill Inn

Presiding over historic Newport for decades, Castle Hill Inn has long been captivating the hearts and minds of its treasured guests – and today holds sway as one of the most beloved Newport, RI beach hotels.

NBS provides Guided Nature Walks for guests.

Newport Classical

Newport Classical is a premier performing arts organization that welcomes people of every age, culture, and background to intimate, immersive musical experiences.

newportFILM

newportFILM inspires, educates, and entertains by presenting current and impactful documentaries that build community and propel change.

Each year, the Norman Bird Sanctuary hosts the annual newportFILM lab.

Newport Live

Established in 1993 to make folk music accessible, Newport Live is a Rhode Island-based non-profit arts organization whose mission is to celebrate diverse music traditions through vibrant performances by award-winning international artists.

Each summer, Newport Live and the Norman Bird Sanctuary partner for an annual Summer Outdoor Concert Series. Welcoming award-winning artists to the Sanctuary’s beautiful property, these concerts showcase the shared passion of both local non-profit organizations.

Newport String Project

The Newport String Project is a chamber music performance and youth mentoring initiative committed to making inspiring musical experiences accessible for all in Newport, RI.

Potter League for Animals

The Potter League for Animals is Rhode Island’s go-to animal care and resource center, where we provide shelter, veterinary care, behavior training, spay & neuter, owner assistance programs, humane education, and the opportunity for thousands of animals to find loving homes each year.

Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council

The Coastal Resources Management Council is a management agency with regulatory functions. Its primary responsibility is for the preservation, protection, development and where possible the restoration of the coastal areas of the state via the implementation of its integrated and comprehensive coastal management plans and the issuance of permits for work with the coastal zone of the state.

The Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council has collaborated with the Norman Bird Sanctuary on critical dune restoration and habitat restoration projects.

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM)

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) serves as the chief steward of the state’s natural resources – from beautiful Narragansett Bay to our local waters and green spaces to the air we breathe. Their mission put simply is to protect, restore, and promote our environment to ensure Rhode Island remains a wonderful place to live, visit, and raise a family.

Rhode Island Natural History Survey

The Rhode Island Natural History Survey connects people knowledgeable about Rhode Island’s animals, plants, and natural systems with each other and with those who can use that knowledge for research, education, and conservation.

The Norman Bird Sanctuary was selected to be the host site of the 2024 BioBlitz in collaboration with the Rhode Island Natural History Survey.

Save the Bay

Save The Bay is an independent, member-supported, nonprofit organization. Started as a grassroots organization in 1970, when a small group of concerned citizens came together to fight an oil refinery proposed for the shores of Tiverton, they carry out their mission through three areas of work: advocacy, education, and habitat restoration and adaptation.

Town of Middletown, RI

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is an agency of the federal government within the U.S. Department of the Interior dedicated to the management of fish, wildlife, and natural habitats. The mission of the agency is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

Wildlife Clinic of Rhode Island

The Wildlife Clinic of Rhode Island is a 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to the care of injured and orphaned wildlife since 1994. WRARI also oversees the operation of The Wildlife Clinic of R.I., which is the only medical/rehabilitation facility in the state for wildlife.

Interested in collaborating with NBS?

We are always looking to broaden the scope and deepen the impact of our work through meaningful partnerships.