Welcome to the Rhode Island Natural History Survey

The Rhode Island Natural History Survey is an independent non-profit organization founded in 1994 to gather and disseminate information on Rhode Island’s animals and plants, geology, and ecosystems, to facilitate communication among the diverse people, agencies, and organizations interested in the ecology of Rhode Island, to preserve Rhode Island’s irreplaceable natural history collections, to foster environmental science education, and to support naturalists and the study of Rhode Island’s natural history.

RINHS hosts public events and publishes to highlight biodiversity and the work of researchers and naturalists. It manages BORIIS, the most authoritative database of Rhode Island’s biodiversity. RINHS undertakes ecological research and inventory projects and educational programs with partners including The Nature Conservancy and local land trusts. Membership in RINHS is open to anyone with an interest in Rhode Island’s plants, animals, geology, or ecosystems.

The RINHS office is located on the University of Rhode Island campus in Kingston, through an arrangement with the URI College of the Environment and Life Sciences.

Contact Information, Staff List, Board of Directors
Google Map to Office and Event Sites on URI Campus
Mission and Vision

RINHS’s 16th annual Ecology of Rhode Island Conference will be held March 29, 2012. The topic will be Trends in Human-Wildlife Interaction. The program includes scientific papers, discussion panels, and poster displays, and plenty of networking. Registration is open now. Please visit the conference page for the program and registration materials.

RINHS is an independent organization, neither a state agency nor a university program. As such we have the freedom to pursue the projects we think are most valuable to our mission to integrate natural history science into environmental education and management. The price of that freedom is…well, the price. We raise 100% of our budget every year from donations, membership, grants, and contracts. As 2011 comes to an end, we’re pleased with our accomplishments and hope you are too. To make 2012 a success we welcome your support in whatever form you care to offer it—money, information, participation, or just moral support. If you can make a financial contribution, we’d be very grateful and to do that easily you can use the button below, which will take you to the Survey’s secure PayPal payment page. If you prefer, print out our online donation form and mail it to: RINHS, P.O. Box 1858, Kingston, RI 02881; or you can call the office with your credit card: 401-874-5800. Thank you for your generosity.
—David Gregg, Executive Director


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For full information on Rhode Island BioBlitz 2011, which was held June 10 and 11 in Scituate, Rhode Island, with local host Providence Water, including PRELIMINARY RESULTS, go to the BioBlitz 2011 page.