Pre-College Programs
Students Engage in Learning about the Environment at Haffenreffer Estate

Brown Environmental Leadership Lab:
Rhode Island: Program Overview

Sustainable Development for High School Students

Our curriculum includes a review of climate change science to ensure that students have a shared fundamental understanding before we challenge them to propose and evaluate solutions. It is not enough to merely understand the science; we must grasp the social ramifications of this global crisis.

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In this course, students will:

Study Environmental Science

Explore Environmental Studies

Develop Leadership Skills

A Typical Day at BELL

Each day is different, but the basic schedule begins at 8:30am and ends at 10:00pm. There are several field trips, debates, discussions and interactions with local leaders and Brown faculty. In addition to coursework, students participate in community time to discuss current events, sharpen leadership skills, and simply have fun together in a beautiful place.

There are a few days where our schedule changes to accommodate a full-day event:

  • At Brown University: we spend the day on campus, eat in a dining hall, meet faculty and students, and explore the area around Brown
  • On the bay: we take a boat trip on the water and try harvesting clams with a local quahogger
  • Please note: students will have the opportunity to taste fresh, raw shellfish. This local delicacy is considered safe to enjoy unless you have a shellfish allergy or a suppressed immune system. Please notify us if either apply.

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    Connecting with the natural environment

    Environmental Leadership in Rhode Island

    In a world constantly connected to iPhones, email, Twitter, and Facebook, students at BELL intentionally unplug for the better part of two weeks which allows us to more fully engage with our community and beautiful surroundings. Students hand in all electronic devices on the first day and cell phones are returned twice during the program to call home. By breaking our ties to these technologies, we are able to be more mindful of our natural environment, build more intentional friendships, and practice self-reflection.

    Your Action Plan

    We believe that it is not enough to understand complex social issues. Instead, effective leaders ask themselves, "What will we do with what we know? How will we serve others? How might we work for long-term social change?" 

    At BELL, we help our students define the issues that they are passionate about and construct an Action Plan to address them. We work with you to set realistic goals, identify mentors and resource people, and anticipate challenges.

    We encourage you to think about some potential Action Plan topics before you come to BELL, but most students don't actually know what their Action Plan will be until they start working on it. Your instructors will help you design an Action Plan that fits your interests and skills.

    Examples of BELL Student Action Plans:

    Review students’ final reports on their plans in our digital Action Plan library.

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