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+ - American Geological Institute

The American Geological Institute sponsors a number of initiatives for K-12 students and educators, including: the Earth Comm curriculum for high school, the Investigating Earth Systems curriculum for middle school students, the Earth World web site (with ImageBank, and the Geotimes magazine).

+ - California Climate Change & Energy

The California Climate Change & Energy site provides k-12 teachers with links to climate change and energy lesson plans, curricula and other instructional resources; teacher training and workshops, field trip sites; science fairs; statewide and regional programs; and internship and community service opportunities for high school students. In addition, there is linkage to schools that have actual programs concerned with climate change and energy.

+ - Center for Ecoliteracy

The Center for Ecoliteracy is dedicated to fostering a profound understanding of the natural world, grounded in direct experience, which leads to sustainable patterns of living. A major initiative is the Food Systems Project that fosters an ecological curriculum, brings an integrated approach to child nutrition services, improves the quality of school meals, creates a garden in every school and supports the economic viability of local sustainable family farms. The center produces a newsletter and a number of other publications.

+ - Center for Environmental Education, Murray State University

The Center for Environmental Education offers professional development programs and curriculum materials to the University faculty, students and the educational community in the University’s service area. In so doing, it has become a national model for university environmental education centers.

+ - Conservation International

Conservation International's (CI) mission is to conserve the Earth’s living natural heritage, our global biodiversity and to demonstrate that human societies are able to live harmoniously with nature. CI produces a newsletter, books and papers, videos, fact sheets and an annual report that focus on global conservation issues. Most publications are available in PDF format at its website.

+ - The Digital Library for Earth System Education

The Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE) is a distributed community effort involving educators, students and scientists working together to improve the quality, quantity, and efficiency of teaching and learning about the Earth system at all levels. DLESE resources include electronic materials for both teachers and learners, such as lesson plans, maps, images, data sets, visualizations, assessment activities, curriculum, online courses and much more. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, DLESE is designed, built, and governed by community members from around the country. A core philosophy of DLESE is users-as-contributors. A newer feature of the data base is the ability to search by educational standards, including the National Science Education Content Standards and the National Geography Standards.

+ - Earthwatch Institute

The Earthwatch Institute engages people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment. K-12 educational materials available to teachers and students include: sample lesson plans inspired by volunteer field experiences; thematic reading units and online activities as well as daily journals, photos, video-conferencing, interactions with students, and interviews with scientists all posted online by participating teachers; the Earthbound Team Around the World wherein teachers, students and others accompany and participate with scientists involved in summer environmental research projects. To this end, the Earthwatch Institute offers competitive Student Challenge Awards (scholarships) to interested students.

+ - Ecoversity

Ecoversity is established in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a bio-regional academy for promoting sustainable living solutions through land-based learning. Ecoversity is licensed through the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education, which allows the organization to run an Earth-Based Vocations Certificate program. Ecoversity is open to people of all walks of life, all age groups. The campus is being developed as a demonstration site of applied principles of sustainability.

+ - The EnviroLink Network

EnviroLink maintains a database of thousands of environmental resources and provides internet services to non-profit organizations, including schools. The web site has links to various resources by topic (e.g., air quality, ecosystems, energy, environmental ethics, conservation, oceans, sciences, urban issues) and categories, including educational resources.

+ - Environmental Defense

Environmental Defense is dedicated to protecting the environmental rights of all people, including future generations. Among these rights are clean air, clean water, healthy food and flourishing ecosystems. It produces a number of publications that can be used in the classroom. Its Pollution Prevention program provides tools such as “Tailpipe Tally,” which allows users to compare the environmental and economic costs of different vehicles. The EDF Scorecard lets students enter their zip code and find out what pollutants are being released into their community.

+ - The Environmental Directory

The Environmental Directory claims to be “Earth’s Biggest Environment Search Engine.” It covers many categories, including such things as animal rights, energy, land conservation, pollution, recycling, oceanography, water resources and endangered species. It has a special section on K-12 school-based projects in Canada and the United States. It truly is a rich source of information for teachers.

+ - Environmental Initiative, Lehigh University

The Environmental Initiative coordinates research and education efforts related to the environment across a multidisciplinary group of departments, including the ongoing development of new programs and outreach activities. The K-12 outreach programs include Geographic Information Systems (GIS) courses for educators, fundamentals of environmental education, and a series of one-three day short courses that include: hands-on environmental science for elementary, middle and secondary teachers and web-based inquiry for environmental science.

+ - Give Water A Hand

Give Water A Hand is a national watershed education program designed to involve young people in local environmental service projects. Following steps in the Give Water A Hand Action Guide (download it for free) a youth group or class plans and completes a community service project to protect and improve water resources.

+ - Global Environmental and Outdoor Education Council

Global, Environmental, & Outdoor Education Council (GEOC) is one of 23 specialist Councils of the Alberta, Canada Teachers’ Association. Its mission is to promote quality professional development for teachers in the area of global, environmental and outdoor education. If you choose to join the organization, you’ll receive a quarterly newsletter, Connections, as well as information about its workshop series. The site has numerous free lesson plans, links to useful related sites, information for affiliated groups and information about the organization’s Global Education Initiative.

+ - Global Studies at UW-Madison

Global Studies at the University of Wisconsin has developed World Ecosystems Beyond Borders (WEBB). This free web-based curriculum seeks to help teachers bring global environmental issues to their science and social studies classrooms. Through engaging students in a dynamic study of local and global issues, the WEBB curriculum prepares them for citizenship in an increasingly interconnected world.

+ - The GLOBE Program

GLOBE is a worldwide, hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science education program. Hundreds of thousands of students around the world are working in partnership with scientists to collect data for research about the Earth’s environment. More than 24,000 teachers in over 14,000 schools have received GLOBE training. More than 100 countries participate in the program. GLOBE students measure and report a variety of global environmental data that, in turn, is available via this web site to scientists and to students who can use them for classroom studies, research, student-scientist partnerships and worldwide school-to-school collaborations. GLOBE is a joint program of the U.S. State Department, NASA, the National Science Foundation, the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and Colorado State University.

+ - Green Teacher

Green Teacher is a magazine by and for educators to enhance environmental and global education across the curriculum at all grade levels. Each issue contains: (1) perspective articles—ideas for rethinking education in light of environmental and global problems, (2) practical articles—reports of what successful teachers, parents and other youth educators are doing, (3) ready-to-use activities—cross-curricular activities for various grade levels, (4) resource listings and reviews—evaluations of dozens of new books, kits, games and others resources and (5) announcements of important new developments. Back issues are available.

+ - H2O for Life

H2O for Life provides unique and valuable experiences through service learning opportunities focused on the global water crisis. Students partner with schools in developing countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. They raise money for their partner schools and join in active learning about water resources. The project provides lesson plans and curriculum materials.

+ - The Jason Project

The JASON Project is an internet-based, multidisciplinary program designed to stimulate students’ analytical skills. International in scope, the program allows students to work with scientists who are dispatched to locations throughout the world to examine the earth’s biological, geographical, and historical development.

+ - NASA Earth Science Enterprise

NASA's Earth Science Enterprise (ESE) is engaged in teacher training and development of curriculum and support materials to expose students of all ages to the Earth Sciences. Curriculum materials are reviewed by educators to assure that they meet national education standards. Topics include such things as global warming, tropical deforestation and the water cycle.

+ - NASA Earth Observatory

The NASA Earth Observatory site contains a wealth of information organized under topics such as: atmosphere, oceans, land, energy and life. It also has an extensive glossary of scientific terms, references, a section on data & images, and references to other sources.

+ - National Climate Data Center

The National Climate Data Center site contains much information about weather in the U.S. and the world, including such topics as global climate change, El Niño/La Niña, historical global weather extremes, worldwide weather and climate events, temperature extremes and droughts, general climatic data and satellite images. It is an important site for students interested in meteorology.

+ - National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Education Resources

The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) many educational activities are distributed across the agency. This site is designed to help students, teachers, librarians and the general public access these many educational activities, publications and booklets that have been produced. NOAA’s Ocean Discovery Center has produced a series of products that have been developed for educators and students at the high school level. There also are materials developed for elementary and middle school students. There are teacher training opportunities and links to other organizations featured on the site.

+ - National Wildlife Federation

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) offers an array of resources and programs for K-12 educators. One of note is the Animal Track online that offers lessons and activities on air, water, wildlife, habitat, and people. A second one is the Schoolyard Habitats certification program, which includes professional development workshops and results in turning school grounds into NWF certified Schoolyard Habitat sites that provide hands-on, outdoor learning opportunities. The NWF site also has background information and planning materials for integrating conservation lessons into science, math, language arts, and art classes, as well as after school programs.

+ - North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences has created Educators of Excellence Institutes to enable outstanding educators to (1) experience the natural world in selected outstanding environments, (2) increase the use of reflection and direct environmental experience in teaching, (3) become inspired and recommitted to the teaching profession and (4) become part of a statewide network of exceptional educators for continued support and learning. One such institute is the Dinosaur Ecology Institute which included a pre- and post- session and a week in which participants experienced one of the world’s best known dinosaur fossil fields in Alberta, Canada as well as other environmental sites in the area.

+ - Project Learning Tree

Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an environmental education program for Pre-K-12 grades that is a part of the American Forest Foundation. It offers multi-disciplinary curricula aligned to state and national standards. Teacher guides are designed for specific grade levels. PLT resources are obtained by attendance at one of PLT’s Educator Workshops. The workshop schedule can be found at the site.

+ - Roots & Shoots – The Jane Goodall Institute

Founded by Dr. Jane Goodall, the Roots & Shoots program inspires youth of all ages to make a difference by becoming involved in their communities. Each Roots & Shoots group plans and implements service-learning projects that promote care and concern for animals, the environment and the human community. Schools are encouraged to become part of the Roots & Shoots program.

+ - Sally Ride Science Camps for Girls

Sally Ride Science Camps encourage girls’ interests in science by giving them hands-on science learning and activities in an environment that is designed to be supportive, enriching and fun!  The programs are for girls entering grades 6 though 9. The overnight camps provide girls an opportunity to explore science, technology and engineering while doing fun science experiments.

+ - Sierra Club

The Sierra Club produces a newsletter and many publications on such topics as urban sprawl, clean water, logging, wildlands, and environmental law. In addition, it produces and disseminates a free John Muir Study Guide which helps teachers teach about John Muir as an environmental role model. The club also has launched the John Muir Youth Award Program in order to help children to learn about wild places and take action to protect them. It sponsors an Inner City Outings Program that provides low-income, inner city youth with trips to wilderness areas.

+ - University of Wisconsin Environmental Resource Center

University of Wisconsin's Environmental Resource Center (ERC) faculty and staff conduct and coordinate research and education efforts on a broad variety of natural resource management issues, including such things as: environmental education, watershed management, soil and water conservation, forestry management, ecosystem restoration, water quality, solid and hazardous wastes. Outreach programs include the development and dissemination of educational programs related to areas of interest. Programs emphasize ecosystem management principles and practices. Educational materials include fact sheets, guidance documents, and grade-appropriate curricula.

+ - Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) contributes to local, state, and national efforts for K-12 science and mathematics education. In collaboration with the Turnstone Publishing Group, eight sets of supplementary materials for grades 4 through 8 have been produced. The books and kits bring ocean science directly to young students. The Woods Hole Science and Technology Education Partnership is a partnership of schools, scientific institutions, businesses and community resources that has as its goal the expanding of science and technology education in the participating communities of Falmouth, Mashpee, and Bourne, Massachusetts.

+ - World Resource Institute

World Resource Institute (WRI) provides materials for high school teachers, including the Earth Trends database, PowerPoint slide shows, and color graphs and maps.  Topics include such things as climate change and energy; coastal and marine ecosystems; forest, grasslands, and dry lands; population, health and human well-being, and water resources and freshwater ecosystems.

+ - 21st Century Schoolhouse

Primary goals of the 21st Century Schoolhouse for K-12 of most interest to K-12 educators are: (1) to develop thematic interactive curricula based on subject integration, contextual learning, global collaboration and the application of technology; (2) to develop local action, community education and global collaboration projects and activities based upon selected environmental themes; (3) to apply the 21st Century Schoolhouse framework to school-wide improvement plans; (4) to provide training sessions to educational institutions worldwide on the application of the 21st Century Schoolhouse framework; and (5) to serve as a central body that provides guidance, in-kind support and general curriculum materials to schools participating in the 21st Century Schoolhouse program. The site contains a global library and a set of links to other environmental organizations and programs.
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