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North Carolina's Waterfalls
An interactive map that allows students to explore pictures and information about the many waterfalls in North Carolina. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
Northern Prairie Wildlife Center: Biological Resources
Contains research and informative essays on the many birds, waterfowl, mammals, plants, and other species as well as endangered species that inhabit our country's prairie lands. More than just descriptions of species, this site offers insightful articles that... (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: U.S. Geological Survey
Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve
Explore the many fascinating areas in this protected coral reef ecosystem, watch underwater movie slideshows, learn how coral reefs are formed, and download a beautiful coral reef wall mural with identification guide. This is a comprehensive website focusing... (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NOVA scienceNOW
The timeliest developments and most intriguing personalities in science and technology are featured in this science magazine televised in five issues a year and published on this companion website. (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: NOVA
NSF Just for Kids
Sponsored by the National Sanitation Foundation, this website provides information about food, water, "green" living, home and fire safety. Find tons of information, activities, games, and quizzes about water, fire, and food safety. Visit the Scrub Club website... (Learn more)
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Provided by: NSF International
Nutritions Explorations
Sponsored by the National Dairy Council, this website offers nutrition information for professionals, educators, parents, and children. Interactive, educational games about nutrition and health are available for younger children promote health and wellness. (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: National Dairy Council
Nutty Birdwatcher
This website features comprehensive information about backyard birdwatching. It focuses on bird species of the Eastern United States with images, habitat information and behavior facts. There is also an archive of articles from 1897 to 1907 from Birds... (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: birdnature.com
Ocean Oasis
Sponsored by the San Diego Natural History Museum and PRONATURA, this website features comprehensive information about Mexico's Sea of Cortez and the Baja California Desert in english and spanish. The stunning content of this website focuses on how oasis's... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: San Diego Natural History Museum
OceanLink
OceanLink, an interactive marine science website, is a partnership between Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre and several marine organizations, all committed to marine education. These pages contain information about many marine science topics,... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: Bamfield Marine Station
OceanWorld
Illustrated information about fisheries, weather, waves, icebergs, currents, coral reefs, and other oceanography topics with real time data and interactive quizzes. Includes a variety of tools for teachers and an online textbook for high school students. (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: Texas A&M University
The Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds
Students can learn about watersheds and how to protect the nation's water resources. (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: EPA
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary
Learn about ocean processes, the underwater landscape, marine wildlife, marine habitats, traditional cultures, and maritime history on the Olympic Coast. Find maps, informative texts, and images that highlight the watery and historical perspectives of this... (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
On the Prairie
Sponsored by the University of Minnesota, this website explores the North American prairies to provide a better understanding of the important ecosystem and the animals and plants that live there. (Learn more)
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Provided by: Bell Museum
One World Journeys: Where People and the Planet Connect
This unique website, sponsored by Fusionspark Media, enables visitors to experience exquisite photo-documentary expeditions around the world. Travel to the remote mountain forests of the former Soviet Georgia, track jaguars in Mexico, dive on pristine coral... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: One World Journeys
A Paleo Perspective on Global Warming
Find out just what global warming is, how scientists study it, and how it affects weather and climate. This website will lead you through thousands of years of fascinating data and contains images of nature's climate documents: tree rings, polar ice cores,... (Learn more)
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Provided by: NOAA
Paper University
Learn about the history of paper, how paper is made, and everything you ever wanted to know about paper towels! Other topics include careers, recycling, and the environment. Also find science experiments, art projects, and puzzles. (Learn more)
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Provided by: The Technical Association for the Worldwide Paper, Pulp and Converting Agency
Polar Bears International
Everything under the sun about polar bears! This site will appeal to all age groups with polar bear webcams and photos, a polar bear encyclopedia, and scientific reports that investigate the preservation of this amazing creature. A bibliography is available... (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Polar Bear International
Pulse of the Planet
A popular radio series with 2 minute nature spotlights, its website contains the recordings as well as transcripts of all the shows back to 1996. Listen to features about the ancient sounds of the Gobi Desert, slime molds, mountain gorillas, the Day of the... (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: National Science Foundation
Rainforest Action Network
This site includes information and activities related to rainforest preservation and the impact of its destruction on human rights, energy, global warming and sustainable resources. (Learn more)
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Provided by: Rainforest Action Network
RECYCLED, RE-SEEN: Folk Art from the Global Scrap Heap
Come in and take a global tour of creativity at work in the arts of recycling. It may not look like recycling, but these folk artists create from trash, seeing potential where others see only useless junk. From the Museum of International Folk Art. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: The Museum of International Folk Art