Each year we offer both an all-day class and a two-part evening class. Space is limited.

Please REGISTER BELOW. The class fee is $50.


ONE-DAY CLASS                                                                             TWO-PART EVENING CLASS                              

Date: Saturday, January11                                                                         Date: Tuesday, January 28th AND Wednesday, January 29th Time: 10am to 4pm                                                                                    Time: 5pm to 8pm (MUST attend both evenings)                     Location: RISPCA, 186 Amaral Street, Riverside                                    Location: East Greenwich Free Library, 82 Pierce Street,

                                                                                                                                           East Greenwich

Click here to register:                                                                               Click here to register:                                                                                          

                                                                    Subpermittee Permit & Training
Individuals holding a Subpermittee permit work under the license of a fully licensed RI Wildlife Rehabilitator and assist with in-home rehabilitation or as volunteers with the Wildlife Clinic of RI. Once permitted by the RIDEM, Subpermittees are able to help raise certain species of orphaned wildlife including squirrels, opossums, rabbits, and baby birds. The training process involves 6 hours of formal classroom training (this Subpermittee Class), an open-book examination administered by the RIDEM, 25 hours of hands-on skills training (usually at the Wildlife Clinic), and a home inspection if the Subpermittee intends to rehabilitate wildlife at home. Wildlife Rehabilitators are volunteers and this is not a paid position. WRARI is happy to assist individuals interested in becoming Wildlife Rehabilitators through the licensing process. 


Please contact us at riwildliferehab@gmail.com with any questions. 






Licensed Rehabilitator Training

A licensed rehabilitator is an individual who has obtained the appropriate permit issued by Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management - DEM, Division of Fish and Wildlife, after having received the required training to handle and care for designated species. It is against the law to rehabilitate, handle, or care for a wild mammal or bird without the specific permit issued by DEM. Most of the licensed rehabilitators within the state of Rhode Island are affiliated with WRARI. Most of our rehabilitators specialized in handling certain species. Most are also volunteers.
We offer training classes to become a volunteer licensed wildlife rehabilitator. These include those offered by the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council, IWRC, as well as by WRARI.  

Subpermittee Training
Subpermittees help with in-home rehabilitation, especially of orphaned wildlife. They are volunteers assigned to work under our licensed rehabilitators. The training process involves 6 hours of formal classroom training, 25 hours of hands-on skills training (usually at the Wildlife Clinic), a house inspection, and an open-book state exam.
Subpermittee training classes are offered by WRARI every January/February.

Continuing Education for Rehabilitators
We offer periodic continuing education classes for licensed rehabilitators, subpermittees, and interested WRARI supporters.

Educational Lectures 
Keep an eye our for our summer lectures about Rhode Island Wildlife.