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Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, this website enables users to explore one of the United States thirteen beautiful marine sanctuaries located in the Monterey Bay region of California. Users can learn about the amazing creatures... (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Mount St. Helens
Sponsored by the United States Geologic Service this website provides comprehensive scientific and historic information about the Mt. Saint Helens volcano and past eruption. The site includes abundant images of the volcano area. User friendly and easy to navigate (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: U.S. Geoglogical Survey
Museum of Life and Science
Packed with highly interactive exhibits, the Museum of Life and Science showcases aerospace, weather, geology, Carolina wildlife, farmyard, train rides, traveling exhibits, gift shops, café and more culminating with the tropical Magic Wings Butterfly House... (Learn more)
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Museum of Science and Industry
"Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, one of the largest science museums in the world, is home to more than 35,000 artifacts and nearly 14 acres of hands-on exhibits designed to spark scientific inquiry and creativity." (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Museum of Science and Industry
NASA Earth Observatory
This website sponsored by NASA from NASA. features current and evolvong information and resources about the condition and state of land, oceans, atmosphere, energy, and life on planet Earth. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: NASA
NASA Global Change Master Directory
The data set resources on this site are very rich. There are multiple data sets for Earth and natural science categories listed. Subjects include: Agriculture, Oceans, and Climate Changes. Each topic is divided into sub-topics followed by links to data... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: NASA
NASA Multimedia Gallery
Experience NASA through their great selection of images, video, and interactive features. (Learn more)
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Provided by: NASA
NASA's Solar System Exploration
Sponsored by NASA, this site contains abundant resources about the solar system. Teachers resources and student activities are included with the content. QuickTime, MPEG or RealVideo is needed for the video selections. User friendly and easy to navigate. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: NASA
NASA's Space Place
Sponsored by NASA, this clever website features information about earth, space and technology through games, activities, and animation. The friendly, attractive interface will easily engage elementary and middle school children in the fantastic world of science.... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: NASA
National 4-H Council
This is the official website of the National 4-H Council. The site has information about youth grants, camps, educational programs for youth, (including the Environmental Stewardship Program), volunteering opportunities, workforce development, and links... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: National 4-H Council
National Aquarium of Baltimore
Sponsored by the National Aquarium, this website features information about animals, premier exhibits, and conservation. There are resources for teachers and students to prepare to visit the aquarium and to use following their visit. (Learn more)
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Provided by: National Aquarium - Baltimore
The National Arbor Day Foundation
Play "Treevial Pursuit" and "Who Wants to be a Treellionaire?" Several other games help students learn about many different kinds of trees and their life cycles. Teachers will find guides to help them teach about chlorophyll, how a bill becomes a law, tree... (Learn more)
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Provided by: Committee for National Arbor Day
National Estuary Program
Sponsored by the Environmnetal Protection Agency, this content rich website about esturies of the United States enables the user to learn about what they are and their importance, where they are located, estuary habitats, and estuary pollution. Users can view... (Learn more)
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Provided by: EPA
National Forests in North Carolina
The official website of the National Forests in North Carolina, including the Nantahala, Pisgah, Croatan, and Uwharrie National Forests includes information on outdoor recreation, forest facts and figures, forest planning and more.In the Recreation section,... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: National Forests in North Carolina
National Geographic GeoSpy
This website is an interactive adventure for children through activities, games, videos and more. Children will never be bored exploring this well crafted learning through fun site. (Learn more)
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Provided by: National Geographic
National Geographic Xpeditions
A comprehensive site for the study of geography and its relation to history, archaeology, world cultures, and economics. Teachers can access lesson plans, activities, interactive museums and exhibitions, and maps. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: National Geographic
National Geographic's Maps & Geography
This site is part of National Geographic's educational tools, and includes a variety of map types to help students visualize geographic locations, locations of geological formations, and connection among peoples of neighboring lands. (Learn more)
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National Geographic's Strange Days on Planet Earth
Brief excerpts from the PBS four-part television documentary series that looks at invasive species, climate change, the lack of predators, and water pollution and the short and long term effect they have on the planet are contained in this site. There are... (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: National Geographic and PBS
National Geophysical Data Center
"NOAA's National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) provides scientific stewardship, products, and services for geophysical data, from the Sun to the Earth and Earth's sea floor and solid earth environment, including Earth observation from space." This is a comprehensive... (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: NOAA
National Hurricane Center Tropical Prediction Center
This website features comprehensive information and resources about hurricanes and associated weather phenomenon. Realtime satellite imagery, tropical analysis and forecasting hurricane history and hurricane safety information is included in this website.... (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: NOAA