Educational Programs & Events

Past Movies in our Environmental Film Series…

Winged Migration
January 11, 2019 | 7 pm | Little Compton Community Center
This documentary presents an epic portrait of winter bird migration. Filmed on all seven continents over four years, the footage is brought together into one portrait of a journey that’s uniformly arduous for all kinds of different birds. Rather than concentrating on statistics and facts, the film near-wordlessly portrays the sheer physical effort demanded of the birds on their disparate routes. Along the way, we see the many dangers they face, from man-made waste to a group of hungry crabs.

A Plastic Ocean
February 8, 2019 | 7 pm | Little Compton Community Center
A PLASTIC OCEAN begins when journalist Craig Leeson, searching for the elusive blue whale, discovers plastic waste in what should be pristine ocean. In this adventure documentary, Craig teams up with free diver Tanya Streeter and an international team of scientists and researchers, and they travel to twenty locations around the world over the next four years to explore the fragile state of our oceans, uncover alarming truths about plastic pollution, and reveal working solutions that can be put into immediate effect.

March 8, 2019 |7 pm | Little Compton Community Center
Using a trove of never-before-seen footage, the film tells the story of Jane’s [Goodall] early explorations and research in Tanzania, focusing on her groundbreaking field work, her relationship with her cameraman and husband Hugo Van Lawick, and the chimpanzees that were the subject of her study. Most of Jane comes from 16-millimeter film shot by van Lawick, the renowned wildlife photographer who joined Ms. Goodall on her travels, and draws on more than 100 rediscovered hours from National Geographic’s archives. 

The Gardener
April 12, 2019 | 7 pm | Little Compton Community Center
The Gardener is a documentary film which reflects on the meaning of gardening and its impacts on our lives. Shortly before his passing at the age of 86, influential gardener and horticulturalist Frank Cabot recounts his personal quest for perfection at Les Quatre Vents, his twenty-acre English style garden and summer estate that was opened to a film crew for the first time ever in 2009. 

American Experience:  Rachel Carson
January 26, 2018 | 7 pm | Little Compton Community Center
A profile of scientist and writer Rachel L. Carson (1907-1964), whose 1962 book Silent Spring helped launch the modern environmental movement.

Forest Man & Flight of the Butterflies
March 24, 2018| 7 pm | Little Compton Community Center
Forest Man is the story of Jadav Payeng, an Indian man who single-handedly planted nearly 1400 acres of forest to save his island, Majuli.  The second movie about butterflies is a film of hundreds of millions of monarchs in their remote overwintering sanctuaries and along their migratory routes from Canada and across the U.S. to Mexico.

Chasing Coral Movie
November 2017| 7 pm | Little Compton Community Center

Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.  Click here for more information.

Past Events…

2019 Field Trip to Simmons Mill Pond Management Area with Wilbur-McMahon School

2018 Land Trust Days:
Wild Medicinal Herbs Walk at the PT Marvell Preserve with Radia Herbs

2018 Annual Meeting with Todd McLeish: Examining New England’s Most Imperiled Wildlife

Winter Moths 
March 2016
Sakonnet Preservation hosted the Eastern RI Conservation District’s Winter Moth Program with Heather Flaubert.  This moth is an invasive pest introduced into North America from Europe. With no natural enemies, the winter moth population is exploding. These caterpillars are devastating Rhode Island trees, including fruit trees and backyard ornamentals. Come learn more about this pest and what steps you can take to protect your backyard trees, woodlots, and orchards, and reduce the extent of winter moth defoliation.  Click here to view the presentation.

Piping Plovers
November 2015
Sakonnet Preservation Association, the Little Compton Garden Club and The Nature Conservancy of RI (TNC) co-sponsored local wildlife photographer Geoff Dennis and TNC’s Science Program Assistant Jeanne Parente for an entertaining slideshow about the life of the charismatic Piping Plover and a discussion of the successes and challenges protecting them.

BioBlitz & Nature Day in Little Compton 
July 2015
Over 1,200 species were identified during this weekend event. The RI Natural History Survey staff returned to summarize the results of  June 2015 BioBlitz gathering of local flora and fauna.  Hundreds of specimens were collected or observed by volunteers from near and far who spread out on the Ponderosa, the Dundery Brook Trail, Goosewing Beach and Quicksand Pond over a 24 hour period. Click here for results of the 2015 Event.  

Bobolink: Conservation Challenges & Opportunities in New England 
April 2015
Dr. Noah Perlut, assistant professor at the University of New England, has spent years researching how field management practices affect grass-nesting birds, particularly Bobolinks.  This program was free and open to the public.  Sponsored by Sakonnet Preservation Association & Little Compton Garden Club.  Click here for more information.

Technology Reveals Hidden New England Heritage
April 2014
Katharine Johnson presented her research on Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR).  Click here to read an Article in Journal of Archaeological Science discussing her research.  Sponsors for this program were the Tiverton Land Trust & Sakonnet Preservation Association.

Connecting Corridors – Restoring Native Habitats One Native Plant at a Time
October 2013
In 2006 the Polly Hill Arboretum launched an innovative new native plant production program
called MV Wildtype. Now, the model program produces over 40 native species grown
from locally collected seed. Under Tim Boland’s leadership this model program helps landowners and conservation groups restore habitat and reconnect fragmented landscapes with native plants. It also includes efforts to assess the health of essential insect pollinators.  This event was sponsored by the Rhode Island Natural Survey and hosted by the Sakonnet Preservation Association with additional support from the Sogkonate Garden Club and the Little Compton Garden Club. 


Butterfly Walk 
September 2013
 It was a glorious sunny day at the P.T. Marvell Preserve, even though there was a sightings of only one Monarch Butterfly. (click here to see photos of Monarchs at this property last year). This walk was  part of the statewide RI Land Trust Days, an effort by the RI Land Trust Council to introduce RI residents to publicly accessible conserved properties.  Sponsors of the walk were Sakonnet Preservation Association, The Nature Conservancy of RI and the Little Compton Agricultural Conservancy Trust.

Annual Events

Annual Meeting

Land Trust Alliance Rally

International Coastal Cleanup

Earth Day

Kids Fishing Day at Ponderosa

Land & Water Summit

RI Land Trust Days

Field Trip to Simmons Mill Pond