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The Rhode Island Natural History Survey is a consortium of organizations and individuals seeking to further knowledge and understanding of Rhode Island’ biota, geology, and ecosystems. With representation on our Boards from federal and state agencies, academic institutions, NGOs, professional organizations, and private companies, we serve as the umbrella organization for ecological information in Rhode Island, and work to provide sound scientific data that can be used to help make informed management decisions.

For contact information, a staff list, and list of board members CLICK HERE.

Major partners for RINHS include the URI College of the Environment & Life Sciences, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, and the members of the Rhode Island Conservation Stewardship Collaborative.

MISSION of the Rhode Island Natural History Survey

  • To facilitate and coordinate the gathering and dissemination of information on RI’s biota, ecological communities, and geological systems;
  • To enhance communication among RI’s natural scientists, educators, and decision makers;
  • To provide sound scientific data that can be used to help make informed management decisions;
  • To foster the preservation of RI’s natural history collections; and
  • To provide educational outreach.


RINHS is an organization supported by both Organizational and Individual members. Find more about membership here.

Funding and Other Support

Funding for RINHS comes from a variety of sources including: individual and organizational members, contracts for services from RI DEM, US EPA, and others, and grants from the Nature Conservancy of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Foundation, Champlin Foundations, Prince Charitable Trusts, Sharpe Family Foundation, and others. The URI College of the Environment & Life Sciences (URI CELS) provides office space and other support.

Other Information

RINHS Fact Sheet
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RINHS History

RINHS’s History (Check back later, we’re still making it!)