Environmental Education on the Web

Teacher Resources




Children learn from what they are taught and what they observe.  Parents have a vital role in the education of their children.  They have a responsibility to participate in and enhance proper learning experiences for each of their children.  They have a responsibility to provide a loving and secure home environment for their children. 

Teachers and parents cannot carry the full burden of these responsibilities to our young.  Outside influences are a strong force in what is being instilled in children's minds.  As adults, we are all "teaching," as children observe the actions of all human beings.  The business and entertainment communities must share a very large responsibility in what they should portray and provide.  Let us all be good role models for each other and the children of the world.





ATEEC's mission is the advancement of environmental technology education through curriculum development, professional development, and program improvement in the nation's community colleges and high schools.

ALLIANCE TO SAVE ENERGY - "Reducing energy use is an effective way to help cash-strapped schools funnel more money into the classroom instead of the local utility."  Links provided to Green Schools Program and other resources to save energy at school.  Free hands-on lesson plans on Energy Efficiency, providing multidisciplinary learning opportunities in: Mathematics, Science, Language Arts and Computer Skills.  Reduce your schools energy costs, while educating your students.  Complete lessons are downloadable online. Investigate links in left frame of this site.

AMAZING SPACE- Space Telescope Science Institute's education page.   Contains a collection of online interactive educational resources for grades K-12.  Using spectacular Hubble images, students explore the universe while learning the principles of math and science.

Advancing science education through a number of programs that focus on school curriculums, resources for educators, public education, scientific career advancement and workforce training.
Science NetLinks - a wealth of resources for K-12 science educators.

ANIMAL DIVERSITY WEB - Animal Diversity Web (ADW) is an online database of animal natural history, distribution, classification, and conservation biology at the University of Michigan  Descriptions of orders and families, physical characteristics, economic importance, endangered status, behavior, breeding, capabilities, geographical range, habitat, images, photos, sounds, conservation issues.  Resources for K through college.  Site contains a Glossary.
The Animal Diversity Web is an educational resource written largely by and for college students. ADW doesn't cover all species in the world, nor does it include all the latest scientific information about organisms they describe.

ARTIFICIAL REEFS - The Pros and Cons of Artificial Reefs - Lesson Plans, Grades 9-12
(National Geographic's Xpeditions - Geography Standards in Your Classroom program)
Also see information and resources on our Eco-Pros Artificial Reefs page, and links on our Ocean Home page.

ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY OF THE PACIFIC - Astronomy education at the ASP brings scientists and teachers together.  Project ASTRO is a program for grades 4-9 for astronomers who want to "adopt" a classroom and work with teachers.  Project SOFIA hooks teachers up with a NASA project.  Black Holes to Blackboards and Education newswire (Mercury Magazine), teachers resources, hands-on project ideas,   pseudoscience, catalog of Nat'l Astronomy Education Projects.  This is the website you want for reliable information pertaining to astronomy and astrophysics.

AUDUBON - Offering Audubon Adventure Kits for grades 3-6, Birds and Science, bird conservation, bird counts, Earth Stewards partnership programs, teacher resources, curriculum reviews, nature camps and workshops. 

BBC SCHOOLS ONLINE - More than Telletubbies!  Education Schools Online, Resources, News, Links, Curriculum, Careers.

Brought to you by the Bell Museum of Natural History at the University of Minnesota.   Bell Live, The Jason Project and Bell Minikits are three award-winning distance learning programs which will bring worldwide science right into your classrooms.  On the Prairie - Link your school to the prairie.  The curriculum incorporates subject areas such as history, social studies, art, current events, math, and science.

BIOINTERACTIVE - Learning modules and animation clips.  Go into the Virtual Labs.  See how our bodies function.  (May require Shockwave, QuickTime or Flash to view animations.  Free downloads available on the web.  Allow each animation clip to fully load.  May need to click on small dark arrow below image to begin the animation, and you can click it again to view it multiple times.)
Virtual Labs on CD for classroom use available free on their site (Howard Hughes Medical Institute)

BODY WORLDS - The anatomical exhibition of real human bodies.
The exhibition features more than 200 authentic human specimens, including entire bodies, individual organs and transparent body slices that have been preserved through the process of "Plastination," a technique that replaces bodily fluids and fat.  (Choose English or Deutsch)

BRIDGE - Sea Grant Ocean Sciences Education Teacher Resource Center.  Online resources screened by science educators for marine science education.

CALIFORNIA INTEGRATED WASTE MANAGEMENT BOARD - Waste management information that encourages "reduce, reuse and recycle" in the classroom and at home through action-oriented, critical-thinking skill building activities.  This curricula is available to educators at NO COST.  Curriculum, experiments and activities:  Closing the Loop, Earth Resources - A Case Study:  Oil (high school level), Project Learning Tree - Municipal Solid Waste Module, Worms, Worms and Even More Worms.    Information on school funding for waste recycling and prevention, publications, links.  Selected by Science Educators of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).

CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY - Botany and Taxonomy resource links to: how to start a school garden, definitions, lesson plans, K-12 discussion board, kids stuff, and curriculum resources in botany.

CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER - So you don't have money, connections, or insider information?   Here is a website to find the information you need on seeking funding, networking, salary surveys, the academic job market, career advice, forums - and the Grant Doctor is in!  No appointment necessary to get the right prescription for seeking a grant. (Science Magazine Online)

Comprehensive programs with resources to help develop moral character and civic virtue in students grades K-12.   Search the database of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive character education resource center.

CLASSROOM CONNECT - Internet-based curriculum and training for K-12, lesson plans, exciting and informative worldwide adventures online, resources for your classroom, staff development, educators message boards and discussion groups (some free resources).

CLASSROOM OF THE FUTURE - NASA's premier research and development program for educational
technologies.  Curricular materials to help improve mathematics, science, geography, and technology education in ways consistent with the national educational reform movement.  Programs to complement and extend curriculum, challenging students in various grade levels to solve problems as they investigate the known frontiers in science. Click on Products for:  Astronomy Village (Investigating the Universe and Investigating the Solar System), BioBLAST, ExoQuest, Foundations of Freedom, Exploring the Environment, International Space Station Challenge, Global Perspectives, STORM-E, Get InSTEP with Lewis and Clark (Exploring the Possibilities), Operation Montserrat, Space Station Alpha. 

COMMUNITY OF SCIENCE (COS) - Products and services to find funding (from an up-to-date database of 23,000 records), promote work, identify experts, manage resources, and collaborate with colleagues.  Worldwide resources for research.  Reference Services - subscriptions to numerous bibliographic databases including MEDLINE®, GeoRef, Agricola, Federal Register, FedBizOpps/Commerce Business Daily, Funded Research and US Patents. COS Abstract Management System.


CONSERVATION EDUCATION (CE) - For all ages. Program to develop critical thinking necessary to understand the complexities of ecological problems.  Site includes National Conservation Education Task Force Report, curricular resources, grants and funding, educational resource links, program information targeted to specific grade levels and various audiences.  Special sections for teachers, students and kids at home. (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture/Forest Service)

CYBERSLEUTH KIDS EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES - Internet search guide for K-12 and educational resources for teachers.

DISCOVER OUR EARTH - Teacher's Guide to Cornell University's "Discover Our Earth."  Provides access to primary Earth science data to help teachers and students explore Earth processes.  Includes background information, curriculum guides, images, graphs, maps, movies, hands-on/minds on classroom activities, questions for students (and answers).  Interactive modules are provided to allow exploration of solid Earth data as through a window.  Focus is on five topics:  topography, earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics, and sea level change.

DIVE AND DISCOVER - Expeditions to the sea floor
Dive and Discover contains all of the information to successfully bring this project into your classroom and link it to your curriculum. This Educator's Guide gives you access to classroom integration tips and activities linked to the national standards as well as extensive resource links.

DIVERSITY OF LIFE - 7-12 Teacher's Guide (Sea World Education Department)
After completing the Sea World Diversity of Life unit, the student will be able to...
List the order of categories in the Linnaean Classification System and categorize an organism into its genus and species. Categorize an organism using a dichotomous key. Describe the benefits of various adaptations animals have that help them to survive in their habitats. List at least one example from some of the phyla in the kingdom Animalia. Organize characteristics of similar animals into specific phyla. Discuss the role of interdependency of animals in a given environment. Compare and contrast different species with similar characteristics. Recognize the importance of diversity and the role that interdependency plays in our world.

EARTHDAY NETWORK'S ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAM  - Provides tools for integrating environmental issues into core curriculum subjects for all grade levels, as well as for non-classroom learning.  Games, interactive quizzes, and a variety of other fun and informative ways of learning about the environment are available for kids.  By registering, free access is provided to all of EDN's educational materials.

ECOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA - Resources for teachers and students.
K-16 faculty enhancement projects, syllabi, web teaching resources, links to science ed sites.  "Tried and true experiments to teach ecology." 

ECO-PROS - Environmental Education on the Web.  Of course we want to list our website here as a resource for educators.  Please browse through our navigation section at the bottom of our pages, go to our Site Index page, and learn more about us on our About Us/About You page.

EDUCATING YOUNG PEOPLE ABOUT WATER - University of Wisconsin - Extension
Over 100 curriculum reviews and ordering (some material free)

EDUCATION ATLAS - Comprehensive guide to the best education sites on the Web. They're sorted by Education Index/Subject and lifestage. Currently containing over 8,000 indexed websites to help you find what you're looking for quickly and easily.

EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABILITY WESTERN NETWORK (EFS) - Online destination for individuals seeking to incorporate principles of sustainability into higher education to help in preparing future professionals for the increasingly complex environmental challenges we face.  Contains guides, resources, workshops, one-on-one consulting, information exchange.

EDUCATION PLANET - Web Resources for Students and Teachers.  Searchable directory for resources on the Web.

EDUCATION RESOURCES INFORMATION CENTER (ERIC) -  A national information system with access to an extensive body of education-related literature consisting of 16 educational clearinghouses and nearly one million informational resources.  ERIC is supported by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, and the National Library of Education.

EDUCATION WEEK and TEACHER MAGAZINE on the WEB - Daily News, extensive database, and special reports of importance to all educators

EDUCATION WORLD - Over 120,000 sites "Where educators go to learn."  Search engine for educational Websites, lesson plans, subject resources, information on how to integrate technology into the classroom, daily features and columns, specialty subjects, employment listings, and much more. 

EDUCATOR'S TOOLKIT - Resource links for kids, parents and teachers
Special Education (General, ADD, Behaviour Exceptionalities, Learning Disabled,  Hearing Impairment, Visual Impairment, Other Disabilities, Gifted/Talented Education) - Portfolio Assessment - Lesson Plans - Projects - Ontario, Canada, curriculum links (Canadian site)

EE-LINK - Searchable database of resources designed to support students, teachers and professionals that support K-12 environmental education.  Browse subject listings, search, or click into specific resource links in left navigation bar.  Click on Site Map for a quick view of information on this site.  A project of the North American Assn for Environmental Education (NAAEE).
Classroom Resources-Directories Grades PreK-12

Comprehensive collection of math and science curriculum resources.  Professional  development materials, free products and services. 

ELECTRICAL SAFETY WORLD - Help your students learn about electrical safety.

ENCARTA (Microsoft Network) - Resources for Teachers, encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas, homework help, quizzes, articles, searchable database, guides, and career training.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERN, INC - Non-profit non-advocacy organization dedicated to wetland restoration, research, and education since 1972.  Instructional guides for indoor and outdoor settings in lesson plan format.  Workshops and Facilitator Training available.

ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE TEACHERS GUIDE - Resources for your classroom on current environmental issues (biodiversity, health, climate, oceans, activities) and links to other sources for online environmental information.

Basic concepts in Environmental Science, online resources for teachers (including background information, scientific research and data, lesson plans, labs, and activities), (new website to help educators choose the best science textbooks), homework help for students, Geo Quiz, Creature Feature,   and resources by topic, by state, and by world region. Educational sections on Air and Climate, Land, Water, Ecosystems, Energy, Food, Environment and Society.
“Environmental literacy requires a fundamental understanding of the systems of the natural world, the relationships between the living and the non-living environment, and the ability to deal sensibly with problems that involve scientific evidence, uncertainty, and economic, aesthetic and ethical considerations.”

Background Information (provides fact sheets, brochures and webpages to assist you in teaching about the environment), Curriculum Resources, Community Service projects for students, Workshops, and Grants.
And don't miss looking into their Contacts and Links to other quality environmental education sites, such as: Smithsonian, USGS, Forest Service, Bureau of Land Mgmt, Peace Corps and - all designed to help you educate your students.
EPA Teaching Center

Darby Duck and the Aquatic Crusaders
Seven experiments to help your students understand the characteristics of water and how it interacts with other elements

ERIC (see Education Resources Information Center above)

EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES - Classroom Activities, Recommended Reading, Fun Computer Games, Teaching Resources. 
Also see our Eco-Pros WETLANDS RECOVERY section on The Everglades for more information and educational resources regarding this ecosystem in peril (curriculum, lesson plans, fun activities, and teacher guides - see The Living Everglades).

EXPLORATORIUM - Located within The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, the Exploratorium offers over 600 interactive exhibits in the areas of science, art, and human perception. The Teacher Institute offers activities, discussions, classroom materials, web-based teaching resources for middle and high school science and math teachers.  The Web Science Workshop offers a great collection of hands-on classroom activities  The site contains instructions for over 500 simple experiments, online exhibits, and webcasting.

FARM TO SCHOOL - Programs to connect schools with local farms, with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing health and nutrition information, and education about local foods and sustainable agriculture.  Supporting local small farmers benefits us all.

FEDERAL RESOURCES FOR EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE - Hundreds of education resources which are available free.

FEMA FOR KIDS - The Federal Emergency Management Agency provides resources to help teach children about safety and what to do in case of a disaster.  Information is presented with lots of colorful graphics and is geared towards young children.

FOOD GUIDE PYRAMID FOR YOUNG CHILDREN - Printable posters from the U.S. Dept of Agriculture

FROG DISSECTION (virtually speaking) - Save the Frogs!
Alternatives to "real" dissection using the mouse and interactive programs.

FROM THE MOUNTAINS TO THE SEA...A JOURNEY IN ENVIRONMENTAL CITIZENSHIP - This is an experience!  Take your students on this journey, and along the way there are plenty of places to stop and think, and tackle some difficult decisions about the environment.  Wonderful suggestions and ideas for educational activities throughout this journey as you follow molecules of water from high in the mountains to the ocean below.  Any by the way, these same molecules were around when dinosaurs thundered across the planet.  Now that's some impressive recycling! (Environment Canada website)

FUSION ENERGY EDUCATION SITE - Online Fusion "course," FAQs, Glossary, Dictionary, Resources for Students and Faculty, Education, Outreach Ideas, Links to Other Fusion and Plasma Sites.

PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION ENERGY RESEARCH GLOSSARY AND PLASMA DICTIONARY (3,600 technical terms in Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy Research, plus Solar-Terrestrial, Space Weather, Magnetosphere/Space, Atomics' Fusion.  See links on left navigation bar)

GEOGRAPHY - See Xpeditions in list below.

GETTING ENERGIZED!  (U.S. Dept. of Energy)
Comprehensive learning activities for 3rd-6th graders pertaining to energy sources, uses/limits, conversion, conservation, renewable and non-renewable energy, energy for the future, assessments, and evaluation.  Includes a Teacher's Guide and detailed instructions for projects.  Each activity follows a format developed by the National Center for the Improvement of Science Education.
Energy Education and Training for teachers and parents, students, school administrators, energy professionals, and homeowners.
Student Energy Competitions and Contests

GIVE WATER A HAND - Educational materials on watersheds, water resources, water quality.   Have your class follow step-by-step instructions for a community service project to protect and improve the watershed resources in your community.  For additional educational materials, click on "Our partners and how they can help you."   A program of the University of Wisconsin, supported by government environmental agencies.

GLOBE SCHOOLS PROGRAM - Globe (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) is a worldwide network of students, teachers, and scientists.   Globe teachers and their students work with scientists to learn, make environmental observations and collect data, which will be sent to a Globe student data archive.   Global images based on this data are then displayed on the World Wide Web.   The program helps students achieve higher levels of success in science and math.   To participate, teachers must attend Globe Teacher Training.

GOOD NEWS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT - Take a look at what people are doing to help the environment in their communities.  Get a project going!

GREAT BARRIER REEF EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES (ReefEd - Service provided by the Australian Government's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority)
Provides educational teaching units for K-12 classes, glossary, images, activities, curriculum resources.  Sections for teachers and students. Click into Site Map for a quick overview of contents.
Also see Eco-Pros Coral Communities section.

GREENFUND NETWORK - Collect used and usable inkjet and toner cartridges and cell phones for recycling.  Earn money for your school while helping the environment!  Partner up with the GreenFund Network and make a cartridge at a time. 

GROSSOLOGY:  The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body
       Exhibit held at Carnegie Science Center

INFOMINE - Multiple database search site.  Scholarly Internet Resource Collections from the  Libraries of the University of California.  With collections totaling over 25.7 million volumes, the more than 100 libraries throughout UC are surpassed in size on the American continent only by the Library of Congress collection.

Click on map or on State link on right to find science assembly, workshop, exhibit, or mobile lab that can come to your school.

KNOWLEDGE NETWORK EXPLORER (formerly Pacific Bell site, now SBC) 
Comprehensive training tutorials for online learning.  How to use the Web in your classroom.
Tasks, problem solving, activities, lesson plans, projects, hotlists, resources, videoconferencing, internet safety, Spanish language sites, literacy skills, workshops, internet search strategies, education technology news.
BlueWeb'N (Blue Ribbon Learning Sites) - Browse by Content, Search by Subject or Grade Level (with Dewey classification codes).

LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY - Currently LBL conducts research in advanced materials, life sciences, energy efficiency, detectors and accelerators.
Click on Education Outreach to find some excellent science education resources.

LEARNER.ORG - Annenberg/CPB partnership.  Professional development workshops and resources to advance excellent teaching in American schools.

LEARNING WEB - From the U.S. Dept. of the Interior/U.S. Geological Survey)
Educational materials on biology, geology, hydrology, geography.  Activities, lessons, daily living  topics (Earth hazards, water, plants, animals, maps, images, ecosystems, natural resources, real-time info, acid rain, earthquakes, weather, radon gas, volcanoes), search wizard, and lists of educational resource links.

LESSONS ON THE LAKE:  An Educator's Guide to the Pontchartrain Basin
The goal of Lessons on the Lake: An Educator's Guide to the Pontchartrain Basin is to educate students, grades 5-12, about the environmental importance of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin, a vast ecological system of over 4,700 square miles.

64-page online handbook of basic concepts of light measurement and how it behaves (with technical graphics).  You may click the link to downloading the handbook or viewing it online.  Contents:  What is Light?, The Power of Light, How Light Behaves, Manipulating Light, Light Sources, Principles of Light Measurement, Measurement Geometries, Setting Up an Optical Bench, Graphing Data, Choosing a Detector, Choosing a Filter, Choosing Input Optics, Choosing a Radiometer, Calibrations.

MATH ADVANTAGE - Teacher/Parent Resources, printable student projects and activities.
(Harcourt School Publishers)

Focus is on research-based school improvement solutions.  Above link is to their site map list of contents available on site.  A collection of lesson plans and activities, and a large list of links related to science may be found here.  Browse through the site and you will find hundreds of free, downloadable resources and tools.  Based in the nation's heartland, their work has now extended beyond the original seven states they focused on (Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming).


Opening the minds of children to unimagined possibilities.  Educational programs for students, teachers, and faculty research.  Fellowship and grants.

NASA SPACE SCIENCE - Space Science, Astronomy, Living in Space, Earth Science, Biological and Physical Sciences, Beyond Rocketry, Science Resources, News, The Vision for Space Exploration

NATIONAL CRIME PREVENTION COUNCIL - School safety for you and your students.  An extensive website of valuable information.  Full of suggestions and guidance.  Strategies for helping prevent and solve conflict situations.  Ways to build healthy people and communities.  Great suggestions for getting kids involved in healthy activities and projects.  Helping kids wear the "right labels" for building success into their lives.


Chartered by Congress in 1990, The National Environmental Education & Training Foundation (NEETF) is a private non-profit organization dedicated to advancing environmental education.

Join National Geographic in protecting our greatest resource - the Earth!
Lesson plans, maps and photos, professional development, current events, activities, resource libraries, grant information, NG Explorer-classroom magazine, quizzes, academic competitions, interactive features,  products, and much more.  Guides to Adventure and Exploration, Animals and Nature, History and Culture, Maps and Geography, News, Photography, Travel.  Special sections for kids, students and teachers.

"Students are at much greater risk traveling to and from school than at any other time in their school day."

Stories, brain teasers, riddles, activities, word scrambles, science spelling bee, science project help, hot topics in environmental health, science/health/homework resources and lots more.

NATIONAL LIBRARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT - Environmental Education Programs and Resources
Read about the National Council for Science and the Environment's programs and collaborative efforts in a shared understanding of science and the environment, and towards promoting science in the environmental decision-making process.

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE - Curriculum-based materials and resources are provided for teachers and students.

NATIONAL SCIENCE EDUCATION STANDARDS - An Overview (National Academies Press)


NATIONAL SCIENCE TEACHERS ASSN - Subjects of critical interest to science educators.
sciLINKS - Take the guided tour to learn about connecting your textbook to the world

NATIONAL SNOW AND ICE DATA CENTER - Center for collection and dissemination of information about snow cover, avalanches, glaciers and ice sheets, floating ice, ground ice and permafrost, atmospheric ice, paleoglaciology and ice cores.  Explore the cryosphere where the world is frozen.  Are changes part of a natural cycle or the result of human activities?

NATIONAL WETLANDS INVENTORY - Wetland curriculum and resources from the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Service.

NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION -  Learn online about wildlife, endangered species, habitats, gardening, and native plants.  Special sections:  Backyard and Schoolyard Habitats, Campus Ecology, Earth Tomorrow, Wildlife University, KidZone.  Educators resource guides.  Kids magazines:  Ranger Rick, Your Big Backyard and Wild Animal Baby.

NATURE - International weekly journal of science.  Keep up to date in every discipline.  Register for free online info, or subscribe to full service.

NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) - Primarily for Teachers
Weather, Climate Change and Our Planet, Oceans and Coasts, Satellites and Space,  NOAA's Teacher at Sea Program, training, and links to other websites.

NORTH AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION - Guidelines for environmental education (K-12), professional development activities, environmental links, publications, forums, training, neighborhood ecology, newsletters.

NOVA ONLINE - Have your students travel in real-time with expeditions around the world.  Search their vast archive of program websites.  Special Teachers section offers time-saving summaries of website, searchable index, lesson ideas, online activities and learning games in "Hot Science,"  teacher resources, and a teacher's exchange.  Teacher's Guides by Program Title.

OCEANOGRAPHY ACTIVITY SHEETS (Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center)
Related to mangroves, fish, Everglades, estuaries, plankton, loggerhead sea turtle, shells, etc.
Provided in pdf format.  For larger pdfs:  To view, if you have regular dialup, w-a-i-t for the download even when your status bar says "done" and nothing appears, it will eventually show up.  To Save As, follow instructions.

ON-LINE BIOLOGY BOOK - Modified lecture outlines for Freshman level biology (M.J. Farabee, Ph.D.)
Learning objectives, diagrams, images, glossary, links to online resources 

PBS TEACHER SOURCE - PBS TeacherSource offers educational resources for K-12 classrooms, schedules for PBS programs with extended taping rights, content-rich Web sites, noncommercial activities for students, lesson plans, teacher professional development services, details on local outreach activities and more.
Activity Guide and Resources from PBS 2002 Series on "The Shape of Life" 

PHYSICS 2000 - Animated and interactive journey through modern physics brought to you by a University of Colorado Professor.  Click on What is it? to find out how to use the site.  Click on Applets for some amazing demonstrations.  Cartoon Characters representing a physicist, a professor of engineering, a physics professor, and two teen-aged students explain physics in very understandable ways.  Special sections:  Einstein's Legacy, CAT Scans Overview, Microwave Ovens, Lasers, TV Screens, Laptop Screens, The Atomic Lab, Science Trek (electromagnetic waves and particles, quantum atom, polarization, elements as atoms, the Periodic Table, isotopes and radioactivity.  Also provides site in Deutsche and Español versions.

PHYSICS APPLETS VIRTUAL LABORATORY - University of Oregon Dept. of Physics brings you a large collection of interesting interactive JAVA applet simulations for use in Physics, Astronomy, or Environmental Science courses.  Mouse over the categories and view the summary, then click on a subject.  You will be in control and the environment will be in your hands according to the choices you make!  Virtually speaking, of course.

PROJECT LEARNING TREE - The Colorado State Forest Service Project Learning Tree is an award-winning environmental education program designed for Pre-K through 12th grade students.
PLT is administered nationally by the American Forest Foundation and co-sponsored by the Council for Environmental Education.

"We are to nature as our leg is to our body"

PROJECT WET - Water Education for Teachers.  Teaching tools for educators teaching students ages 5-18.  Instructional materials, teacher guides, classroom activities, publications.   Site provides information in English, Español and Français.

PROJECT WILD - "Just for Educators" section contains information on how to integrate Project WILD activities into specific content areas to align with national and state standards. Core curricular materials (Project WILD K-12 Curriculum and Actiivty Guide, Project WILD Aquatic K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide, and Science and Civics: Sustaining Wildlife) may be obtained by attending certified instructional workshops.  Other supplemental materials are available for purchase. 

PROQUEST INFORMATION AND LEARNING - Products and subscription-based services for K-12 education.  Comprehensive resources to enhance the core curricula of Language Arts, Social Sciences, the Sciences, and Mathematics; and secondary curricula including the Arts, Multicultural Studies, and Technology and Vocational Education.  Library support materials, funding guides, free online training.  Free trials of some products available.

PubSCIENCE - Physical Sciences and energy-related journal literature database.  The focus of PubSCIENCE is on researchers reports on scientific discoveries.  "This represents a major milestone in the goal of Bringing Science to the Desktop."

SAN DIEGO SUPERCOMPUTER CENTER - Education Connecting Science to Students and Teachers
Downloadable activities, lessons, interactive functions, printable materials.
Online Hands-on Activities:  Earth Science, Life Science, Computer Science, Physical Science.
Online Computer Activities:  Earth Science, Computational Science, Molecular Science, Technology.

SCHOLASTIC - Professional Resources for educators, Lesson Plans, Online Activities, Instructor Idea Exchange, Software, Book Clubs, Reading Programs, Funding Sources, News, Articles, Parents section, Resource Finder, links to resources.  Resources for kids, families, teachers, administrators, and librarians.

SCHOOLYARD HABITATS - Develop your school grounds into a wildlife habitat, which will not only help wildlife, but also offer opportunities for teaching in science, math, language arts/English and art, as well.  Project information and Schoolyard Habitats Kit available from the National Wildlife Federation.

SCIENCE FAIR IDEAS - Resources to lead you to information regarding:  The Scientific Method, Basics of a Science Fair Project, Science Fairs in Depth, and Science Fair Project Ideas.

SCIENCE IN YOUR WATERSHED - Information, projects, glossary, and databases about watersheds.  Locator to find your watershed.  Learn how to use scientific data to understand and maintain the health of your watershed.  Sections are:  Science in Your Watershed, Surf Your Watershed, and Know Your Watershed.  Column on the left provides a site index.

SEARCHEDU.COM - Internet search engine devoted to university and education related web sites.
Over 20 million university and education pages indexed and ranked in order of popularity.  As this search engine is limited to educational materials, it is a safe environment for online research.  Search in specific categories:  Education, Online Books, Government, Military, Merriam-Webster Dictionary or Thesaurus, encyclopedias Encarta or Britannica, InfoPlease encyclopedia and almanacs, and A&E Biographies.

SeaWiFS TEACHERS RESOURCES - Teachers Guide, activities, discussion questions
Monitoring the Earth from Space with SeaWiFS
The Living Ocean - (Life in the Oceans, The Ocean Isn't Just Blue, Phytoplankton-A Little Link in a Big Chain, The Earth-A Giant Greenhouse, Carbon-Where Does It All Go?).
Ocean Biology, Land Processes, Atmospheric Processes, and how SeaWiFS data can be incorporated into the curriculum.

SEA WORLD'S "JUST FOR TEACHERS" - Downloadable teacher's guides, classroom activities, E-newsletters for your classroom, and other resources pertaining to animals, biodiversity and ecosystems.

SIERRA CLUB - Educational resources from the Sierra Club, and links to other environmental education websites.

SMART COMMUNITIES NETWORK  - Educational materials from the U.S. Dept of Energy related to Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.



STATE CONTENT STANDARDS - Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) - Links provided to State Content Standards of State Department of Education websites.

STATE STANDARDS - "The definitive source for State Curriculum Standards" (website in development and coming soon)

TEACH FOR AMERICA - National corps of outstanding and diverse recent college graduates, of all academic majors, who commit two years to teach in under-resourced urban and rural public schools.  Their mission is to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting some of our nation's most promising future leaders in the effort.  Learn more about this program and how to apply.

TEACH SPACE - Easy-to-teach space science lessons for upper-elementary and middle-school grades.
Each month, the site centers on a different theme with a monthly module,  hands-on lessons, a fun Believe it or Not quiz and a poll that links to a graphing activity.

THE FOUNDATION CENTER - Information and resources for grantseekers and grantmakers.  Philanthropic news, learning lab, database search to find funders.

THE FRANKLIN INSTITUTE ONLINE - Online study units, educational hotlists, K-8 science activity kits, and learning resources.  "Community Science Action Guides" for teachers.  Teachers who are working within the framework of the U.S. National Science Education Standards will find the educational resources in "Community Science Action Guides" useful. 
 Teacher Tips

Body Worlds - The anatomical exhibition of real human bodies.  The Franklin Institute Science Museum is hosting "Body Worlds" from October 7, 2005 through April 23, 2006 (Philadelphia, PA)
The exhibition features more than 200 authentic human specimens, including entire bodies, individual organs and transparent body slices that have been preserved through the process of "Plastination," a technique that replaces bodily fluids and fat.  Information provided on body facts and the plastination process.  (also see Body Worlds link above in alpha order)

THE GROUNDWATER FOUNDATION - Educating and motivating people to care for and about groundwater.
Groundwater basics, activities, games, puzzles, and coloring sheets for kids.  Teacher offerings include activities, publications, kits and models, educational games and tools, and workshops and seminars.

THE JOURNEY INSIDE:  THE COMPUTER - "Engaging Technology to Explain Technology"
A collection of 35 interactive, online lessons for students to complete. The curriculum is divided into six sections: Introduction to Computers, Circuits and Switches, Digital Information, Microprocessors, The Internet, and Technology and Society.  (Intel and the International Society for Technology in Education)

THE LEARNING SITE - Reading, Language Arts, English, English as a Second Language, Spelling, Math, Social Studies, Science, Health, Art, Interactive Activities, Glossaries, Teacher Resources (Harcourt School Publishers)

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES - Advisers to the Nation on Science, Engineering, and Medicine
The National Academies consists of 4 organizations: the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council.  Other sections include:

The Center for Education
National Science Resources Center
National Academy Press (over 3,000 books/reports online free)

THE NATIONAL TEACHING AND LEARNING FORUM - Look into having campus-wide availability and participation in the Forum through a Site License.

TIME SCALE - Interactive Geological Time Scale (American Geological Institute)
Choose from a list of time periods to display a geological time scale (remember to clear form before making another choice for display).

TRIBOLUMINESCENCE EXPERIMENTS - From a Professor of Chemistry at Towson University, MD.  If you can find a room with no windows or set up a dark room, your students can experiment and discover light emissions from various sources, leading to lots of discussion about light energy, atoms, chemical properties, electrical charges, energy absorption and emission, etc.  And they can have a nice treat while doing it.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION - Promoting educational excellence for all Americans.

U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE DIVISION OF ENDANGERED SPECIES - Resources to learn more about endangered species - and other resources not specifically related to endangered species.  Downloadable brochures, links to lists of links regarding Materials for teachers, Where Can I Find It?,  Federal Government Internet Education Resources, Federal Government Cross-Site Indexing Project, the National Library of Education, and other sources of information.

U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY LEARNING WEB - Educational materials:  teaching packets, booklets, posters, fact sheets, and CD-ROM's designed for K-12 teachers.  Links to educational resource sites.

WATER EDUCATION FOUNDATION - School Programs (elementary grades through college level)

WATER ENVIRONMENT FEDERATION - Educational pages, elementary through college, curriculum, lesson plans, Spanish curriculum, glossary, hands-on activities, complimentary materials.

WATER FOR KIDS - Resources to help you teach about water in class. 
Available onsite in English, Français, Español, and Portuguêse.

WATER RESOURCES OF THE UNITED STATES - U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) informational site containing color-coded maps for streamflow readings, maps of acid rainfall, water quality, resources about groundwater and surface water, pesticides and toxics, publications, water atlas of the U.S.  See Water Science for School feature.  Links upon links of resources about water - a great pool of information.

WEATHER - see link on our Great Links page (near bottom of page - do a Find to locate it quickly)
The JetStream Weather School has great educational resources - includes pictures, explanatory graphics, review lessons.  Click on Topic Matrix and browse through.

WEBTEACHER and WEBTEACHER ESPAÑOL- Your source for basic and in-depth web knowledge
Web primers and self-paced tutorials.  Use as your own private tutor or as the basis for group instruction.
Includes info on internet safety, funding opportunities, educational resources and information.  
Sponsored by the National Cable Television Association and Tech Corps.

WEBQUESTS - Web-based problem solving activity formats for PreK-Higher Education students, to help them develop solutions to real-life problems.  (also click into links provided at bottom of page for more resources).

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP THE ENVIRONMENT - Are you looking for suggestions on ways for young people to get involved in helping the environment?  We have come up with lots of ideas and online resources for you and your students. 

XPEDITIONS - Home to the U.S. National Geography Standards.  Lesson plans, activities, atlas maps, interactive adventures, homework help, and links to resources.



Many wonderful educational programs and online educational Websites are in jeopardy because of lack of funding to keep them in operation.  Please take action on a variety of levels to help provide financial support for environmental education and environmental protection - for our children and the future.


"The test of environmental literacy is the capacity of an individual to act successfully in daily life on a broad understanding of how people and societies relate to each other and to natural systems, and how they might do so sustainably."
- Campaign for Environmental Literacy

The goal of the Campaign is to organize and mobilize the EE (environmental education) community in order to secure federal funding support and encouragement for EE programs throughout the nation.

The online resources on this page are in addition to sites and reference material we have listed on our other pages.  There you will find many websites (with information, lesson plans, and links within those sites) which will also be of great assistance to you.  And don't miss our Mega Resource Directories page for comprehensive linked lists of websites (many with searchable indexes, photos, and detailed subject lists).


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