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DOE's Fossil Energy-Related Education Material
Information for kids about coal, oil, and natural gas. Find out how coal is formed, about coal mining and transportation, ways of producing oil, getting gas from the ground, and more. The Kids' Zone introduces cute characters that will help students learn... (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: Department of Energy Office of Fossil Energy
Drinking Water & Ground Water Kids' Stuff
Drinking Water & Ground Water Kids' Stuff is an United States Environmental Protection Agency website that provides students with activities, games, and experiments about drinking water and the water cycle.The games are divided into K-6... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: Environmental Protection Agency
Earth & Sky
Not only does this website provide daily, radio podcasts about a variety of science topics, but it also updates its “Science News Headlines” section to keep viewers alert to the most recent scientific developments. A daily skywatching guide gives tips... (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: Earth & Sky
Earth from Space: Astronauts' Views of the Home Planet
Step into the shoes of the astronauts and see Earth from their perspective! This site is an image database of amazing NASA photography of earth as seen from space. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: NASA
Ecological Footprint Calculator
“Ever wondered how much "nature" your lifestyle requires? You're about to find out.The Ecological Footprint Calculator estimates how much productive land and water you need to support what you use and what you discard. After answering 15... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: Earth Day Network
Educational in Nature
A series of environmental education curriculum supplements designed to foster understanding and environmental awareness in the classroom. These activities, games, lesson plans, and information cover such topics as forests, animals, recycling, and energy. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Georgia-Pacific
EEK! Environmental Education for Kids
An electronic magazine for kids in grades 4-8 and that features constantly changing information, games, and activities about nature and the environment. (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Encyclopedia of the Earth
Online reference about the Earth, its environments and their interactions with society. The articles, written by experts in their field are both non-partisan and non-sectarian. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: National Council for Science and the Environment
Environmental Inquiry
A curriculum series and supporting website designed to provide students with develop research skills specifically in the area of environmental science. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Cornell University
Environmental Kids Club
Uses multimedia games, sourcebooks, and many other resources to teach students and teachers about conservation, ecosystems, recycling, air pollution, water pollution, human health, plants, and animals. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA Educational Resources: Waste
From classroom activities, to starting a school electronics recycling program, these materials will help you and your students learn what we can do to reduce and better manage waste in the world around us. (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA Global Warming
This Environmental Protection Agency site provides extensive information on the problem of global warming. It discusses how greenhouse gas causes global warming, affects the climate, and impacts health, agriculture, animal life, water resources, and forests.... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA High School Environmental Center
A resource page that provides a great deal of useful information for high school students studying or wishing to learn more about the environment and what they can do to help protect it. Major topics include air, waste and recycling, conservation, water, ecosystems,... (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA Polluted Runoff (Nonpoint Source Pollution) Kids Page
Students can learn all about nonpoint source pollution, one of the leading causes of water contamination, through a variety of games and activities. (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA Student Center
Uses multimedia games, sourcebooks, and many other resources to teach students and teachers about conservation, ecosystems, recycling, air pollution, water pollution, human health, plants, and animals. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Environmental Protection Agency
Estuary Educaton
This is the educational site for the NOAA's National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) and was created as a tool for educators and students. It provides "cutting edge content" on estuarine principles and concepts. Mouse over the tabs and find topics... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: National Estuarine Research Reserve System
The Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920
A multimedia collection that documents the movement to conserve and protect America's natural heritage. It includes complete works of authors such as John Burroughs, George Perkins Marsh, John Muir, and Henry David Thoreau; prints lithographs, and engravings... (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Library of Congress
Exploring the Environment
Promotes science-literate and reflective students who are knowledgeable of the earth's processes and their responsibilities for stewardship using these instructional resources. Find activities and learning modules for coral reefs, global climate change, the... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: NASA
Eye in the Sky
An investigation into the state of the planet from the point of view of satellites with text, video, and imagery exploring such topics as natural disasters, pollution, ozone, overpopulation, and war. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: National Geographic Society
Facing the Future: People and the Planet
Committed to providing educational resources for the promotion of the understanding necessary for sustainable resources and living. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Facing the Future