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The Butterfly Farmer: Educational Resources
The Educational Resources section of The Butterfly Farmer website contains a variety of materials for students interested in learning about butterfly farming. An article titled "All About Butterfly Farming" looks at the benefits of butterfly... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: The Butterfly Farmer
The Butterfly Lab
Includes information about breeding, feeding, and maintaining caterpillars and butterflies as well as a field guide, audio clips, and butterfly activities that can be used in the classroom. (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: Chicago Academy of Sciences
c.o.o.l. classroom
Students will predict a plankton bloom, determine the displacement of a boat adrift at sea, predict good fishing days, and more while improving basic skills training, problem solving, and critical thinking skills. Find video, printable teaching guides, and... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Rutgers University
Camp Silos
Provides educational material related to the natural prairie, pioneer farm life, early agricultural technology, and the story of corn from its early Indian origins to the present using virtual field trips, primary sources, and a variety of other multimedia... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area
Carolina Coastal Science
An innovative, inquiry-based science resource that utilizes the interactive technologies of the World Wide Web to explore science in coastal Carolina. Find interactive maps of coastal North Carolina, video clips, discussion questions, and more -- all centered... (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: North Carolina State University
Celebrating Wildflowers
Enjoy wildflowers in your region and learn about the values of these native plants. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: USDA Forest Service
The Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education
A New Jersey-based organization whose mission is to provide "real world" resources for classroom education in engineering and science. Professional Development opportunities in New Jersey available. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Stevens Institute of Technology
Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence Networked Ocean World
Information about programs, workshops, and other professional development opportunities for ocean science educators. Learn about new observing system technology and find curricula that use this technology to study the ocean...for both you and your students.... (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence
Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary is a 1,252-square-nautical-mile portion of the Santa Barbara Channel. Its website contains a variety of multimedia resources, classroom activities, and maritime cultural heritage features (including a shipwreck... (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands
The Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands is an excellent site for teachers and curious students who want to delve deeper into the fascinating history and science of these special islands. This website contains hundreds of articles... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: The Charles Darwin Foundation
Chesapeake and Coastal Bay Life
Provides information on Phytoplankton, Fish, Bay Grasses, Bottom Dwellers, Aquatic Insects, and Zooplankton that dwell in the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding waters. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Clean Sweep U.S.A.
This site provides information for kids about important environmental topics related to waste disposal, in a fun and attractive package. It also includes a section of accompanying lesson plans for educators. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Keep America Beautiful
Climate Change
Informational site with access to information on Global Warming from the government agency. Resources include a look at what has brought about global warming as well as what can be done to fight the effects of global warming. (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: Environmental Protection Agency
Climate Kids
Want to play the Hurricane Name Game or learn how to make a barometer? The site includes activities, games, and educational resources on climate, hurricanes, tornadoes, weather trivia and more. (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: South East Regional Climate Center
Congo Trek: A Journey Through the Heart of Central Africa
Take an online adventure into the wild, wild Congo in Africa with interactive maps, virtual journeys, and dispatches from a real life biologist trekking through the thick forest. (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: National Geographic Society
Cool Planet for Teachers
This site from OxFam helps teachers bring global issues into the classroom. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: OxFam
Cool Science for Curious Kids
An interactive website for youngsters to learn about caterpillars, plant parts, air, and more through activities both on and offline. (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Crittercam
Take an interactive journey into the deep sea, the Antarctic, and the Arctic. Or try your hand at fitting sea creatures with a research tool called the Crittercam. Learn about all kinds of animals and get a close look at their private lives. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: National Geographic
Discovering Antarctica
Antarctica is described as the “world's last great wilderness” and this site from the Royal Geographic Society takes visitors on a journey of discovery of this frozen continent. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Royal Geographical Society
Division of Air Quality: Ozone Forecast
Daily air quality forecasts of ground-level ozone for regions in North Carolina during the months of May through September. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: NC Dept of Environmental and Natural Resources