Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 8068
Cumberland, RI 02864

Friends of the Blackstone River Environmental Center
100 New River Road
Lincoln, RI 02838

Preserve Elder Ballou Cemetery


We would like to recognize and thank our partners for our programs. It is the help of these and many individual volunteers that make our programs successful.

To view the details of our partners or visit their websites, click on the link to expand the section below.

Audubon Society of Rhode Island

Audubon Society of RI Link
The Audubon Society of Rhode Island, independent and unaffiliated with the National Audubon Society, was founded in 1897. The Audubon Society of Rhode Island is dedicated to education, land conservation and advocacy. Audubon independently protects or owns almost
9,500 acres of woodlands and coastal property embracing diverse natural habitats. A voice in statewide ecological issues, the Society actively fulfills its environmental stewardship through preservation and protection of Rhode Island’s natural heritage.

Blackstone River Bikeway

Blackstone River Bikeway Link

The Blackstone River Bikeway will serve as an alternate mode of transportation for commuters as well as the region’s premiere recreational bicycle facility. This bi-state linear park along the Blackstone River will connect New England’s second and third largest cities serving a population of more than 1 million. The bikeway will link many of the Valley’s Overview of Bikeway significant natural and historic features.

View Blackstone River Bikeway Maps

Blackstone River Coalition

Blackstone River Coalition Link

Blackstone River Valley Corridor Keepers

Blackstone River Valley Corridor Keepers Link

Blackstone River Valley NHCC

Blackstone River Valley NHCC LinkIn 1986, the Blackstone Valley was recognized as a special place and designated as a National Heritage Corridor by the U.S. Congress (Public Law 99-647). A 19-member Federal Commission, appointed by the Governors of each state and approved by the Secretary of the Interior, consists of representatives from the National Park Service, state and local governments, and valley-wide interests, and oversees the Corridor’s operations. Congress established the National Heritage Corridor as an affiliated area of the National Park System to make the NPS tradition of management of cultural and natural resources available to the Blackstone River Valley.

Blackstone River Watershed Association

Blackstone River Watershed Association Link The Blackstone River Watershed Association (BRWA) was founded in 1976 and is dedicated to restoring, enhancing and preserving the Blackstone River system and its watershed. The Blackstone River is 46 miles long and runs from Worcester to Pawtucket, Rhode Island, where it becomes the Seekonk River at the Main Street dam and flows to Narragansett Bay.

Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce

Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce Link To promote the economic vitality of the Blackstone Valley, meet the needs of the Chamber’s business members, while providing leadership on issues which impact the economy and quality of life in the Valley.

Blackstone Valley Tourism Council

Blackstone Valley Tourism Council Link As one of 6 state funded regional tourism councils, the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council has become a major force in enhancing the region’s economy, preserving its environment and cultural heritage and expanding its recreational opportunities. By attacking the issue on all fronts and fostering collaboration among the communities and organizations working to enhance and promote region, the Council has helped attract tens of thousands of visitors into the Valley and improve the quality of life for all of the Valley’s residents.

Conservation Law Foundation of RI

Conservation Law Foundation of RI is New England’s leading environmental advocacy organization. Since 1966, CLF has worked to protect New England’s people, natural resources and communities.

Congressman Patrick Kennedy

Congressman Patrick Kennedy Link Of all of the challenges we as a society face, perhaps the most important, far-reaching and vital of these is how we interact with the environment. From the water we drink to the air we breathe, protecting our environment is critical. Very often, advocates for the environment and advocates for industry have contended that one must be sacrificed for the other to succeed. This is not true; environmental stewardship can work hand-in-hand with job creation and economic prosperity. Congressman Kennedy’s work in the United States Congress demonstrates this reality.

Eastern Mountain Sports

Eastern Mountain Sports LinkWe would like to take this opportunity to give special thanks to EMS in Millbury for its kind donation of two double canoes. Our organization uses canoes for many events and cleanups and these will be put to good use.

John F. Chafee National Heritage Corridor

John F. Chafee National Heritage Corridor Link

Lincoln Land Trust

Massachusetts Audubon Society

Massachusetts Audubon Society Link All of Worcester’s waterways are headwater tributaries to the Blackstone River. Mass Audubon has helped create the Blackstone River Coalition, a partnership of various organizations, businesses, individuals, agencies and municipalities that are working to restore the Blackstone River and improve the health of the Blackstone River watershed. What we’re doing is working collaboratively to win the Campaign for a Fishable / Swimmable Blackstone River by 2015.

Mercy Ecology at New Dawn

Mercy Ecology at New Dawn Link
Mercy Ecology at New Dawn strives to raise people’s awareness regarding the interconnectedness of all life, to assist them in reconnecting with nature and in this way nurture their spirit, and to seek to live more sustainably. It is to educate them about the connection between human beings and the Earth they walk upon. To this end, we offer educational and experiential programs to people of all status, beliefs, and ages.

Narragansett Bay Estuary Program

Narragansett Bay Estuary Program Link The Narragansett Bay Estuary Program’s mission is to protect and preserve Narragansett Bay and its watershed through partnerships that conserve and restore natural resources, enhance water quality and promote community involvement.

National Park Service Volunteers-In-Parks Program

The National Park Service Volunteers-In-Parks Program Link The National Park Service Volunteers-In-Parks Program (VIP) was authorized by Public Law 91-357 enacted 1970. The primary purpose of the VIP program is to provide a vehicle through which the National Park Service can accept and utilize voluntary help and services from the public. The major objective of the program is to utilize this voluntary help in such a way that is mutually beneficial to the National Park Service and the volunteer.

Natural Resources Conservation Service

Natural Resources Conservation Service Link

Neighborhood Alliance of Pawtucket

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Link

RI Bays, Rivers, and Watersheds Coordination Team

The RI Bays, Rivers, and Watersheds Coordination TeamThe RI Bays, Rivers, and Watersheds Coordination Team’s mission is to protect and restore Rhode Island’s fresh and marine waters and watersheds and to promote sustainable development of Rhode Island’s water-reliant economy through inter agency coordination and strategic planning, policy analysis, targeted investments, environmental and economic monitoring, and stakeholder communications and engagement.

Visit the RI Bays, Rivers, and Watersheds Coordination Team website.

RI Blueways Alliance

The Blueways project discusses and plans a comprehensive water trail network linking Rhode Island’s rivers, lakes and ponds to Narragansett Bay and to the rivers in Massachusetts that flow into the bay, and be used to promote safety, conservation, recreation and economic development.

Visit the RI Blueways Alliance website.

RI Canoe and Kayak Association

RI Canoe and Kayak Association

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Link

Rhode Island Natural History Survey

Rhode Island Natural History Survey LinkRINHS is a consortium of organizations and individuals seeking to advance knowledge and understanding of Rhode Island’s biology, geology, and ecosystems. The Survey maintains a clearinghouse for ecological information in Rhode Island, providing sound scientific data to scientists, naturalists, educators, land managers, decision makers, and the public. The Natural History Survey manages the Rhode Island Natural Heritage Database of Rare Species and Communities.

Rhode Island Rivers Council

Rhode Island Rivers Council Link

Save the Bay

Save the Bay Link

Senator Jack Reed

Senator Jack Reed Link

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse LinkSheldon Whitehouse is a strong advocate for environmental protection, health, and conservation. He has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court to protect public wetlands from development; sued to block Bush administration efforts to weaken the Clean Air Act; and led the investigation into a devastating oil spill in Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay.

Town of Cumberland Conservation Commission

Town of Cumberland Conservation Commission Link

Trout Unlimited

Trout Unlimited Link


US EPA Link The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.

US Fish and Wildlife Service

US Fish and Wildlife Service Link

Volunteer Center of Rhode Island (VCRI)

Volunteer Center of Rhode Island (VCRI) LinkOriginally
incorporated as Volunteers in Action in 1969, the mission of the Volunteer Center of Rhode Island (VCRI) is to connect people and opportunities for effective community service. We do this by promoting volunteerism statewide, connecting
volunteers to opportunities, building the capacity for effective volunteerism through training and consultation and by collaborating with community stakeholders where volunteers are involved.

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