Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification

Audubon Society of Rhode Island

Connecting People to Nature

aka Rhode Island Audubon

Smithfield, RI


To protect birds, other wildlife and their habitats through conservation, education and advocacy, for the benefit of people and all other life

Ruling Year


Executive Director

Mr. Lawrence Taft

Main Address

12 Sanderson Rd

Smithfield, RI 02917 USA


Environment, Education, Open Space Preservation





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

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Programs + Results

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To ensure wild species and diverse habitat Audubon actively holds land, and secures the private and public funding needed to purchase and steward lands of important habitat value.

To enable environmental citizenship Audubon believes that people will care for what they value and will value those things that they perceive as important to their personal well-being or that of their loved ones. Audubon provides environmental education and the opportunity for people to experience the natural world.

To ensure environmentally protective public policy Audubon engages in public policy advocacy, collaborative policy making and lobbying.

Our programs

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Land Conservation

Environmental Education

Environmental Advocacy

Where we workNew!

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Conserve and steward land to preserve bird and wildlife habitat and related natural systems in RI.

Promote public policy that protects birds, wildlife and natural resources.

Develop an environmentally literate and motivated local populace that supports and promotes sustainable living and stewardship of our natural resources.

Invest in the necessary infrastructure to advance the mission of Aududon

Enhance financial and environmental sustainability to ensure continuity of Audubon's programs and services

Align governance with strategies to the mission of the Society

Strategies include ...

Conserve wildlife habitat and unique natural areas through acquisition or other means, with priority to contiguous properties with high ecological value.
Enable thriving populations of wild birds, plants and other wildlife by actively managing Audubon-owned lands with priority attention to declining species.
Enhance stewardship of RI's conserved lands by providing technical assistance to local land trusts.
Evaluate and prioritize Audubon holdings in order to manage as high quality habitat and/or educational experiences.
Lands lacking unique Audubon refuge habitat value may be considered for transfer to another conservation agency, honoring any existing donor restrictions.
Promoting and supporting state and local policies and initiatives that advance preservation of habitat and natural resources in RI.
Adapting to and mitigating the impact of climate change on birds, wildlife and natural resources.
Protecting natural water quality and availability.
Organize people from all races, ethnicities, cultures, languages, genders, ages, socioeconomics, physical challenges, sexual orientations, backgrounds or life experiences into a broader and more powerful environmental movement in RI.
Increase environmental literacy of policy-makers.
Produce public environmental education that shifts participants' attitudes and actions:
Continue to leverage opportunities resulting from state and national education curriculum reform aligned with Audubon's strategic priorities.
Educate youth through school programs and summer camps in alignment with
Champion Environmental Literacy in statewide school curriculums, especially those aspects that directly relate to birds/wildlife and habitat conservation.
Provide fun, engaging and informative public programs for adults and families that encourage a respect for and understanding of birds, wildlife and nature and move people to action.
Increase environmental literacy of policy makers within and outside of government.
Ensure adaptive systems and high quality staffing (paid and volunteer) in all areas of operation.
Engage a people from all races, ethnicities, cultures, languages, genders, ages, socioeconomics, physical challenges, sexual orientations, backgrounds or life experiences to participate in Audubon programs.
Achieve Land Trust Alliance accreditation – to help ensure the permanence of
Audubon's commitments to habitat protection.
Ensure safe, inviting, accessible and environmentally sustainable visitor centers.
Ensure safe, inviting, environmentally sustainable work environment for all ASRI employees and volunteers.
Invest in technology that advances the strategic plan.
Underwrite the gap in funding for education center and advocacy program.
Make Environmental Education Center at least revenue neutral.
Increase the endowment.
Increase cost effectiveness of programs and services – eliminating those that do not directly relate to a unique Audubon mission.
Reduce the

Audubon Society of Rhode Island currently is Rhode Island's largest private land-owner, protecting nearly 9,500 acres of diverse wildlife habitat. Provides educational opportunities to school children throughout Rhode Island and has maintained a continued presence at the legislative and environmental regulatory agencies of the state.

Through a 3,500 plus active and engaged membership, 500-plus yearly volunteers and a fiscally prudent investment policy of Audubon's $16 million endowment, Audubon is positioned to fulfill the strategies listed above to reach address the environmental concerns and mission of the Society.

The outcomes we are seeking to achieve in Rhode Island are three-fold:

1. Wild species and healthy habitat, including contiguous open space, protected in
perpetuity and managed for quality of habitat, birds and other wild species.

2. Environmental Citizenship, where people take action and make choices that promote environmental health including the political and financial support necessary to achieve environmentally protective public policy and strong environmental organizations.

3. Environmentally protective public policy where rules and regulations protect nature and reinforce environmental citizenship.

Ultimately, these three outcomes result in a world where people live sustainably within healthy natural ecosystems.

Committed and capable staff and volunteers
Supportive community partnerships
Financial resources and a funding model that sustains and enables growth
Engaged and active members and other supporters
A commitment to evaluation and learning
Strategic thinking, planning and action
Endowed and well-managed properties
Quality governance
Transparency, accountability and ethical behavior
Quality communications and outreach
Diverse perspectives

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