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Wild Rhode Island Explorer -MAGAZINE FOR KIDS

By Mary Gannon, Wildlife Outreach Coordinator, RI DEM

In the fall of 2018, the RIDEM Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) released the first issue of “Wild Rhode Island Explorer,” our first ever quarterly magazine written for children. The magazine is written for readers in grades 4 through 7 but is also being enjoyed by younger and older readers, including the young at heart! Each issue features an article about habitat, an interview with DFW biologists and staff, a species profile, puzzles and games, recommendations for younger readers, and artwork and original writing submitted by our readers.

Through this new publication, our goal is to connect youth to our state’s amazing wildlife resources, to educate readers about the many conservation, research, and management projects performed by the DFW, and to support existing science and literacy curricula in classrooms. The response has been incredible! Subscription requests have continued to pour in from teachers, students, and families from across Rhode Island and beyond, with over 2,000 copies mailed each quarter. We have been very grateful to receive an abundance of enthusiastic and heartfelt feedback from families and teachers across the state.
“The content is interesting, and the photographs help children understand it better. I like [the use of] boldface to highlight important words. I started using these words to study in class and expand my students’ science vocabulary. The article with the interview format was very good also. Students can learn about different jobs that people do that help the environment,” said Soraya Santana, a fourth grade teacher in Providence, and an active participant in the DFW’s Wildlife Outreach Program since 2017. Soraya also expressed that many of her students are English Language Learners (ELLs), and that the “Explorer” has been a great supporting resource in building her students’ English vocabulary as well.

Want To Subscribe?

To receive your own copy of “Wild Rhode Island Explorer,” you can contact Mary Gannon, Wildlife Outreach Coordinator, at mary.gannon@dem.ri.gov. We are always on the lookout for student writers to share their hunting, fishing, and other wildlife-related experiences. If you know a young writer, please encourage them to share their story! Visit dem.ri.gov/wildlifeoutreach to learn more about the Wildlife Outreach Program, and to read and subscribe to “Wild Rhode Island Explorer!