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2016 Free Workshop-Providence, Rhode Island

June 13, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Rhode Island Convention Center

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Join us for a free public outreach workshop on Sound Choices: Empowering People and Protecting Nature

The workshop is open to everyone. The morning session will have 6 speakers that are experts in their field like  NOAA or inspirational public figures.

Morning Session: Invited Speakers include:

  • Damon Joyce, National Park Service: “Acoustical Monitoring of National Parks” An acoustic Engineer and working for NPS for past10 years.
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): “Noise in Our Oceans” Leading experts on noise in our oceans and how it affects marine life.
  • Dr. Jacob Benfield, Penn State University: “The Effect of Noise on People in Nature” Social-Environmental Psychology prof researching noise in natural and anthropogenic soundscapes
  • Dr. Jesse Barber, Boise State University (BSU): “An experimental investigation into the effects of traffic noise on birds: The Phantom Road project.” Leads the Barber Sensory Ecology lab at BSU.
  • Lang Elliot, The Music of Nature (acoustic artist): “Nature Recording and Noise Pollution ” Photos/recordings are featured in Audubon, Stokes, and Houghton Mill and photo shoots include His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
  • Jeanine Silversmith, Rhode Island Environmental Education Association: “Getting Kids Connected to Nature” Environmental Literacy Plan Coordinator and founder of RI Families in Nature

Speakers will share how noise effects marine life, terrestrial wildlife and our ecosystems. Speakers will talk about challenges and solutions, give real examples of current issues, and show different careers that revolve around noise/sound.  We are hosted by Institute of Noise Control Engineers Noise Con 2016 conference. Engineers often join the workshop and answer inquiries.

Register to choose your free lunch and to receive a free ticket to a private screening of the documnetary “In Pursuit of Silence”. The film has won awards at International Film Fesitvals. Find out more about the film at http://pursuitofsilence.com/home. Register to find out more about the screening. 

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We believe that we need to educate and hopefully inspire the next generations to protect our wild places and our wildlife  as well as maintain our vital connection to the natural world through sound by protecting nature’s voice.

Afternoon Session: Educators will be trained to use hands-on inquiry based STEM kits on noise issues. Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and The National Park Service are presenting and/or collaborating with the STEM kits. The kits empower youth to be a part of the solution. The packets meet Next Generation Science Standards. Kits are free & limited to educators.

The goal of the curriculum and kit is to be easy to understand and use, fulfill Next Generation Science Standards, fun, and engaging. ..

We want your feedback to make the kits better! Our goal is to offer them nationally.

You can use our contact page to ask any questions and registration is open.


June 13, 2016
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Darlene Kilpatrick


Rhode Island Convention Center
1 Sabin Street
Providence, RI 02903 United States
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