The Land Trust Learning Series brings a variety of free environmental educational events to the public in partnership with the Barrington Public Library and our generous sponsors.  The following presentations are planned, with more coming soon. 

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 7 pm – Gather (74-minute documentary): Gather is an intimate portrait of Indigenous Americans seeking to reclaim their spiritual and cultural identities through sovereignty over their ancestral food systems. (Live presentation)

Tuesday, March 12, 6:30 pm – Behind the Scenes with The Terrapin Conservation Project: Every year in late spring, a miraculous thing happens in a remote corner of Barrington, RI. Hundreds of rare Diamondback Terrapin turtles come ashore to lay their eggs, ensuring the survival of their species for another generation. Just as remarkable are the dozens of volunteers who spend hours preparing for their arrival. At this special event, you’ll hear directly from volunteers who are there to greet the nesting turtles, protect their nests, watch the adorable hatchlings emerge, and scientifically track the results of each season. 

Wednesday, April 24, 7 pm – This Land Is Your Land: Celebrate Earth Month with a journey through hundreds of acres of natural open space preserved by the Barrington Land Conservation Trust and the Town of Barrington. How do these natural places benefit you? What is the history of these places? Why are some open to the public, while others are only open for guided tours or open only for stewardship and research activities? Join the discussion!

Tuesday, May 14, 7 pm – Protecting Our Salt Marshes: Wetlands Scientist Tom Kutcher with RI Natural History Survey will discuss the conditions and threats to our local and state wetlands.

Tuesday, June 11 – Birds of the East Bay & Land Trust Annual Meeting: Join us for “Birds of the East Bay” featuring Butch Lombardi’s remarkable photographs at 6:30 pm at the Barrington Public Library in the Salem Family Auditorium. Prior to the presentation at 6 pm, the Land Trust will hold its Annual Meeting in the same location.

Tuesday, Sept. 3, 7 pm – Doug Tallamy, nationally renowned expert on native plant ecosystems delivers a new presentation on his latest research with audience Q&A .(ZOOM presentation)

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 7 pm – Microplastics in Our Environment: Professor JP Walsh, URI Coastal Resources Professor, delves into his research on microplastics in salt marshes, including locations in Barrington. 

Thanks to our 2024 Land Trust Learning Series Sponsors!

Leadership Sponsor

Partner Sponsors

Supporting Sponsor

Meridian Custom Homes

Community Sponsors

Charles E. Millard, Inc. General Contractors

The Gob Shop

Jaffee Orthodontics

Sponsorship Information

Our sponsors make it possible for us to offer the Land Trust Learning Series to the public at no charge. Sponsorships range from $100 to $5,000 and include a range of recognition opportunities. We welcome the support of businesses, foundations and individuals. You may pay by check or online.

Sponsorship Package (mail-in sponsorship form, review of last year’s events)

Online Sponsorship Form (online payment, logo upload)

Watch the 2023 Learning Series Online

The links below allow you to watch several of last year’s events on the Library’s YouTube channel or on various streaming services.

Uli Lorimer – 235 Plants for an Earth Friendly Garden

Loren Spears – An Indigenous Perspective on Native Plants

A Conversation with Environment Reporter Alex Kuffner

Walking Rhode Island with John Kostrzewa

Global Human Salt Marsh Degredation with Mark Bertness

Documentary Films by Daniel Byers of Skyship Films

Aguilucho: Dance of the Harpy Eagle (View on Kanopy through your Public Library)

Then, Now and Forever: Zuni in the Grand Canyon

Paradise in Peril

The Wolf OR-7 Expedition