Geography of Thanksgiving

We are very pleased to announce that our Alliance Coordinator, Seth Dixon, will now be blogging for National Geographic Education.  Here is the link to his first post on the geography of Thanksgiving. 



The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center

“The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library is dedicated to the creative educational use of its cartographic holdings, which extend from the 15th century to the present.  The Center has a particular interest in developing innovative uses of maps and geographic materials to engage young people’s curiosity about the world, thereby enhancing their understanding of geography, history, world cultures, and citizenship.”

The Map Center has specific teacher resources and its current display is “Geography in the Classroom.”  Saturday, Nov. 15th there will be a Family Open House in the BPL’s map center from 10am-12pm. 


Providence’s Cityscapes

The Providence Journal featured this video recently.  As stated in the article, “PVD Aerial Productions is a local production company that uses drones – better known in the industry as ‘quad-copters’ – to film and shoot land and cityscapes in Providence and surrounding towns. 

PVD Aerial’s use of piloted quad-copters creates amazing footage for the viewer and captures what the average photographer cannot; shots at eye-level with structural bridges, looking down at the Battleship Cove, and even soaring above the Rhode Island Statehouse create an immersive viewing experience.”


Event: Geography Awareness Week

We are pleased to announce an exciting professional development opportunity for both this upcoming Geography Awareness Week (Nov. 16-22) and GIS Day (Nov 19). This year’s Geography Awareness Week has the theme of “The Future of Food.” Given that the global population predictions have recently been revised upward to reach 11 billion, the geography of food becomes all the more critical. We will have speakers and presenters sharing a variety of perspectives on the geography of food, local food issues, GIS, Google Earth resources, and other topics to celebrate Geography Awareness Week.  We’ll have a big announcement about Rhode Island lesson plans, some pizza to munch on, and as a special bonus for Geography Awareness Week, the Alliance would like to donate a class set of reversible world maps (see below) for all Alliance members who attend this event.  Come join us and reserve your class set of maps!  RSVP by sending an email to with the subject title “GAWeek event.”

WHEN: Nov. 19th, 4pm.
WHERE: RIC, Whipple Hall rooms 105 and 106 (Directions)


Food and our Local Environment

Committed to uniting fresh, locally grown produce with farm-raised and wild-caught seafood to make the freshest dishes you’ll find anywhere. Our signature raw bar offers a variety of Rhode Island oysters, crisp cherrystones, littleneck clams, and jumbo shrimp. Our Matunuck Oysters are grown in Potter Pond right off our waterfront patio and many of our herbs and vegetables are grown in our vegetable farm on the north end of the pond.

With Geography Awareness Week coming up, I wanted to share local applications of the focus, “the Future of Food.”  Matunuck Oyster Bar is an interesting local restaurant that is obviously enmeshed with our local marine environment with an interesting ecological philosophy.