Stormwater - Art - Schools
Environmental educators from the Audubon Society of Rhode Island and the Providence Parks Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership work with schools and teachers in Providence and Cranston to engage the students about stormwater, how it affects water quality and wildlife habitat and how humans can help. The science-themed lessons are a mixture of virtual, in-person at each school and outdoors in Roger Williams Park incorporating the high concentration of green infrastructure projects in the park that are designed to improve water quality.
Students then take the information and knowledge that they learn about stormwater and water quality and work with a teaching artist to develop and design a stormwater-themed mural. These murals are painted near stormdrains around their schools to help educate the general public about what is in stormwater runoff, what happens to it once it goes down the drain and how if affects nearby lakes, rivers and estuaries. A compilation of all student designed murals can be viewed and located on this MAP. We documented the student's learning and design process as well as the final outcome of the murals with a short video that was showcased at the 2021 Rain Harvest Arts Festival.