Environment

Planes, Trains and Automobiles!

Everything you need to know to get around in Rhode Island.

Whether it’s by land, sea or air, Rhode Islanders are a creative bunch when it comes to getting around. To see just where we are going and how, we rounded up commuter tales, filled the gaps in pothole facts and dissected various infrastructure projects. You’ll have a whole new understanding of the many aspects of navigating our small state. BY…

A Visit to Biomes is Like a Warm Weather Adventure

Even if we can't visit the beach in winter, we can get our fix of the sea at this marine biology center.

As a kid, my favorite part of visiting the aquarium was exploring the touch tanks where I could pick up clingy starfish, poke spiny sea urchins and track down tricky hermit crabs. At Biomes Marine Biology Center in North Kingstown, touch tanks are the focus. I brought my three-year-old son and four-month-old daughter along to get up close and personal…

Sample From 18 Oyster Farms at the Ocean State Oyster Festival

Providence is gearing up to celebrate Rhode Island aquaculture at the second annual event on September 17.

Oyster lovers, get ready to pack on the pounds in shellfish. Providence is gearing up for its second annual Ocean State Oyster Festival at Riverwalk Park on South Water Street on Sept. 17 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The day includes all the briny bivalves you can eat, food trucks and other food vendors, live music, local libations and…

The Dish: Olson and Son Hopyard Helps Family Through Tough Times

Eric Olson started growing hops for a hobby he and son, Liam, could do together, and the endeavor took on a life of its own.

The burly, bearded Eric Olson stands on his front lawn in East Providence, hose in his hands and earbuds in his ears. He wears a blue shirt with “Olson and Son Hopyard” emblazoned on the front and moves about the lawn methodically, spraying into buckets, onto trellises and above dirt plots, all filled with plants of different varietals. Eric Olson…

The Dish: Meet Rhode Island's First Commercial Kelp Farmers

Jules Opton-Himmel of Walrus and Carpenter Oysters hopes to supplement his shellfish business by growing kelp in the off-season.

Walrus and Carpenter oyster farmers Jules Opton-Himmel, Steven Medgyesy and Finn Kelly cruise along Dutch Harbor in their skiff, killing the motor as they approach the Jamestown Bridge. Floating oyster racks belonging to Jamestown Oyster Company can be seen in the distance, but oysters are not the reason they’re out on the bay today. The group of three farmers kicks…

The Dish: 8 Home Gardening Tips

Lee Ann Freitas of Indie Growers gives us the ins and outs of backyard planting.

'Tis the season for growing, and Lee Ann Freitas of Indie Growers is fielding all kinds of questions about starting a garden right now. When should I plant? What should I plant? How much should I plant? Here she rounds up some backyard gardening tips for us green thumbs in training. 1. Plant your garden around Mother’s Day: Generally, you…

Let's Take a Hike

Learn more about author and hiking advocate, Jeanine Silversmith, who will host a free event this Friday to connect families with nature.

As the air warms and the sunshine returns, a hike with the family is the perfect activity to get back outside. The warmer months are blossoming with nature and the kids will love exploring the beauty of Rhode Island. The creator of the meetup group and web resource RI Families in Nature and author of the Rhode Island Family Hiking…

Video: Good Night Lights at Hasbro Children's Hospital

See what Providence's Good Night Lights display looks like from Hasbro Children's Hospital.

Just before 8:30 p.m. on a rainy night, sixteen-year-old Adam Barbosa from Portsmouth is confined to his bed with pancreatitis on the fifth floor of Hasbro Children’s Hospital. His curtains are wide open to the cityscape. He glances at his watch and then out the windows in anticipation for something special that’s about to happen. Right as the clock ticks…

The Dish: A Day in the Life of a Quahogger

Celebrate Quahog Week with special events and menu selections at local restaurants. Watch our video to learn about what it takes to get clams to plate in all seasons.

It’s a brisk March morning at thirty-eight degrees, and the water temperature is almost the same at 7:30 a.m. The sun retreats behind thick clouds and a gray shadow casts over the bay across from Barrington Beach. The wind blows, and it feels a lot colder. When the boat sways, I worry waves will splash over the side of the…

Humpback Whale Washes Up On Block Island

A deceased juvenile whale came ashore this week, according to the Block Island Conservancy.

Unfortunately, a deceased juvenile humpback whale washed up at Block Island's Clay Head Preserve this week, according to the Block Island Conservancy. Mystic Aquarium will visit the island to measure the animal and look for information which might be helpful in determining the cause of death. Photos by Diandra Verbeyst, used with permission by the Block Island Conservancy.