Activities, articles, videos and more, for educators, families, students, and anyone interested in teaching or learning about science.
“Project Learning Tree is an award-winning environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth from preschool through grade 12.”
“i-Tree Design allows anyone to make a simple estimation of the benefits provided by individual trees. With inputs of location, species, tree size, and condition, users will receive an understanding of tree benefits related to greenhouse gas mitigation, air quality improvements, and stormwater interception. With the additional step of drawing a building footprint – and virtually “planting” or placing a tree – tree effects on building energy use can be evaluated.”
“This educator resources and youth publication site provides educational curricula in sustainable forestry, natural resources, water, earth sciences, and wildlife.”
URI through Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies provides a variety of additional resources and community action for going green in urban communities. You can even request a free tree! Below are there “Open Spaces as Learning Places” curriculum units.
“The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary is a nonprofit dedicated to connecting people, science, and nature for a healthy Delaware River and Bay. The Delaware Estuary is the region’s most important cultural, economic, and recreational resource. Animals and people need a healthy Estuary for drinking water, industry, food and fun. You can sign up to receive our newsletter and be the first to know about fun events and volunteer opportunities!”
Author Suzanne Tate has a series of nature stories, written for preschool to 4th grade. She also offers educational teacher guides to go along with her story. The guides were written by educators. The cost of these series is VERY reasonable!
“The Center oversees the implementation of the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for Delaware’s Inland Bays (CCMP) and 2012 Addendum and promotes the wise use and enhancement of the Inland Bays watershed by conducting public outreach and education, developing and implementing restoration projects, encouraging scientific inquiry, sponsoring needed research, and establishing a long-term process for the protection and preservation of the watershed.” You can find a link to all their publications here.
“Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge protects one of the largest remaining expanses of tidal salt marsh in the mid-Atlantic region. The refuge, located along the coast of Delaware, is mostly marsh, but also includes freshwater impoundments and upland habitats that are managed for other wildlife.” Educators can find more information on their environmental education programs here.
“Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge is a 10,144 acre refuge officially established in 1963 under the authority of the Migratory Bird Conservation Act “for use as an inviolate sanctuary, or for any other management purpose, for migratory birds.” It is located on the west shore of the Delaware Bay, approximately 22 miles southeast of Dover, the State capital, and 64 miles southeast of Wilmington, Delaware.”
“Hummingbirds are amazing little creatures, which is explains why we are all so infatuated with them! They can flap their wings 80 times per second, creating a “humming” noise which gave them their name. They can also rotate their wings in a figure-8 pattern, allowing them to hover like a helicopter. In fact, hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly both forwards and backwards! Their long, slender bills help them reach nectar from tubular flowers.”…
“Discover Life in America is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Our goal is to learn all we can about the estimated 60,000-80,000 species of life in the National Park, and share that information with scientists and the public.”
“The State of Delaware includes a portion of three major estuaries, or tidal watersheds, where freshwater rivers drain from the land into the Atlantic Oc…”
“The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, host of the Delaware Estuary Program, leads science-based and collaborative efforts to improve the tidal Delaware River and Bay, which spans Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.”
“To inspire and educate the people of the Delaware Valley in learning about Science, Space, Technology, Engineering, Earth’s environment and Mathematics through the use of our academies, presentations, symposiums, professional development, events and activities and the resources of the Environmental Outpost.”