Coastweeks

Welcome to Coastweeks, the annual celebration of Rhode Island’s coast!

 

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Every autumn, Coastweeks events celebrate building awareness, understanding, and improved management of the coast. Rhode Island Sea Grant and the Coastal Resources Center at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography and the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) invite you to take part in any of the listed events below.

Pre-registration required for all events. Please contact Rhode Island Sea Grant at (401) 874-6800 or rhodeislandseagrant@gmail.com to reserve your place.

SEPTEMBER 2015                                                                                              

Kevin Cute examines invasive species lurking under a dock during a Coastweeks event.

Kevin Cute examines invasive species lurking under a dock during a Coastweeks event.

Friday, September 18, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Fort Adams State Park, Newport

Join Kevin Cute, R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council marine resources manager, and monitor the dock at Fort Adams for aquatic invasive species (AIS). It will be a hands-on educational experience for attendees who will walk away with a good deal of knowledge on AIS in general, and their impacts on Rhode Island’s coastal ecosystems. Wear clothes and footwear that can be dirtied.

Sponsored by the CRMC. Pre-registration required. Please contact Rhode Island Sea Grant at (401) 874-6800 or rhodeislandseagrant@gmail.com.

Friday, September 25, 9:30 to 12 p.m.
South Kingstown Town Beach, 719 Matunuck Beach Road

Take a walking tour of the south coast beaches with Janet Freedman, R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council coastal geologist, see first-hand the effects of coastal processes, including the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, and how people deal with the challenges of living on the Rhode Island coastline. Participants will also learn what to expect in the future with changing climate conditions, and learn about what the CRMC is doing to help coastal communities plan for the future. The tour begins at the South Kingstown Town Beach pavilion and continues to what remains of the Browning Cottages.

Sponsored by the CRMC and Rhode Island Sea Grant. Pre-registration required. Please contact Rhode Island Sea Grant at (401) 874-6800 or rhodeislandseagrant@gmail.com.

Saturday, September 26, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Warwick Public Library, 600 Sandy Lane

Sea shanties are the work songs used on ships during the Age of Sail. Join Mike Goddard on tenor banjo, bodhran, and tin whistle, as he presents some of these maritime songs from primary historical documents. Fun for the whole family, shanties have loud choruses that everyone can learn quickly! A history teacher at Billerica Memorial High School and adjunct professor at Middlesex Community College, Mike has been studying New England history and singing folk songs for over 11 years. Based in Lowell, Massachusetts, he has played music in coffee shops, campgrounds, summer camps, family kitchens, and many a public house! The show will be about 30-40 minutes followed by a Q & A.

Sponsored by Rhode Island Sea Grant, the URI Nutrition and Food Sciences Department, the URI College of the Environment and Life Sciences, and the Warwick Public Library. Pre-registration required. Please contact Rhode Island Sea Grant at (401) 874-6800 or rhodeislandseagrant@gmail.com.

OCTOBER 2015                                                                                                     

Friday, October 2, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Narrow River Kayaks, Middlebridge Road, Narragansett

Caitlin Chaffee, coastal policy analyst for the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council, will lead this walking tour of the Narrow River salt marsh and will discuss wetlands loss and the changing marsh landscape, as well as what the CRMC and other organizations are trying to do to preserve marshes.

This walk will meet at 9:30 a.m. at Narrow River Kayaks at Middlebridge Road in Narragansett. Participants should wear footwear appropriate for walking in wet and muddy areas (bring waders if you have them).

Sponsored by the CRMC. Pre-registration required. Please contact Rhode Island Sea Grant at (401) 874-6800 or rhodeislandseagrant@gmail.com.

Monday, October 26, 7 p.m.
Tockwotten Home, 500 Waterfront Drive, East Providence

What began as an analysis of marine debris in Providence Harbor for a proposed cleanup has uncovered what appears to be Rhode Island’s largest “ship graveyard.”

David Robinson, a marine archaeologist at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, has determined that 25 wrecks in total are spread across a 33-acre area of Green Jacket Shoal off of East Providence. Despite their age, many of the wrecks have been left incredibly intact. Through this study, which was funded by Rhode Island Sea Grant, Robinson has also identified, with the assistance of Providence steamboat historian, William H. Ewen, Jr., the remains of two iconic Rhode Island paddle-wheel steamships, the Mount Hope and the Bay Queen.

Robinson will be giving a free public presentation on the project and answering questions at the monthly meeting of the East Providence Historical Society.

Sponsored by Rhode Island Sea Grant, the URI Nutrition and Food Sciences Department, the URI College of the Environment and Life Sciences, and the Rhode Island Historic Preservation & Heritage Commission. Pre-registration required. Please contact Rhode Island Sea Grant at (401) 874-6800 or rhodeislandseagrant@gmail.com.

 

Sponsors Rhode Island Sea Grant and the Coastal Resources Center are located at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography. The Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council is the coastal management program for the state of Rhode Island and its primary responsibility is for the preservation, protection, development and where possible the restoration of the coastal areas of the state.

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