ERIC Identifier: ED402158
Publication Date: 1996-09-00
Author: Milbourne, Linda A. - Haury, David L.
Clearinghouse for Science Mathematics and Environmental Education Columbus OH.
Environmental Education Resources on the World Wide Web. ERIC Digest.
"The best aspect of the Internet has nothing to do with technology. It's us."
If 1995 was The "Year of the Internet" (Newsweek, Jan. 1, 1996), for
educators it is quickly becoming the era of information-on-demand and
collaboration-at-a-distance. Among the Internet's many resources is the World
Wide Web, a global network of information "servers" provided by individuals,
organizations, businesses, and federal agencies who are offering documents,
data, images, and interactive sessions. For teachers, students, and parents,
this means access to information not in textbooks or the local library,
fast-breaking news, ideas for lessons and activities, and, best of all,
collaboration with others on projects of mutual interest.
Here we provide an annotated listing of Web resources relating to
environmental education. Though not an exhaustive list of what is available,
these sites represent the range of resources, and they are excellent places to
begin your own journey through the web of interconnected sites.
-Internet Directory for Environmental
Sponsored by the National Consortium for Environmental Education and Training
(NCEET), this site provides access to many environmental education-related
organizations and resources, including NCEET's own materials, the EE Toolbox for
inservice providers, and activities on many topics, including Agriculture and
Sustainable Development, Air Quality and Climate Change, Water Quality,
Ecosystems and Conservation, Energy, Ecology and Wildlife, and Toxics and Waste
Management. The site also offers contacts, references, regional information, and
a directory. Useful to students, teachers, and others in K-12 environmental
-The Environmental Education Network
The Environmental Education Network (EEN) offers the world's largest on-line
environmental information clearinghouse with a search mechanism that allows
users to browse EE-Link to find instructional materials, articles, funding
sources, networking opportunities, publications, conference proceedings, and
more. A useful tool for environmentalists, educators, parents, and students.
Sponsored by The National Consortium for Environmental Education and Training.
SPECIAL INTEREST SITES
-Rainforest Action Network
The Rainforest Action Network (RAN) works to protect Earth's rainforests and
support the rights of inhabitants through education, grassroots efforts, and
non-violent direct action. Its outreach program encourages young people (from
first graders to college students) to become involved in saving rainforests. The
Website includes an abundance of materials for young people, educational
resources for teachers, and information about people indigenous to rainforests.
RAN is currently producing a Kids' Action Guide and a Tree-Free Action Packet to
be distributed free to teachers and children nationwide.
-World Wildlife Fund
One of the world's widest-ranging environmental organizations established
this site to provide information about global issues, from climate changes and
polluted seas to endangered forests and animals. Resources include news updates
and action advisories, ideas on teaching earth stewardship, and lots of images
and sound clips, such as ocean waves and bird sounds. Track down pertinent
publications, links, research findings and reports, and sources to help the
planet. A detailed map shows where the various WWF offices, campaigns, and
programs are headquartered around the world. A new section, the Kids and
Teachers area, provides educational and fun materials for all ages. Valuable to
educators, students, environmentalists, and naturalists.
Sea World is famous for its dolphins and whales, but you can also learn about
vampire bats, polar bears, gorillas, and manatees at this home page. Read weird
and interesting facts about creatures in the sea and on land for your next
science project. If you like sea life, you can research a career in marine
mammal science. There are also fun games to play, pictures to color, and
photographs of your favorite beasts. There are lots of great pictures at this
site, along with movies and sound clips, too. This site will appeal to students,
teachers, scientists, and animal lovers.
-Hawaii Sea Grant Global Change Education Home Page
How do you teach kids about greenhouse gases or ozone depletion? What is
sustainable development and how will it affect your students' lives in years to
come? Teachers can make environmental science accessible and understandable to
young people with a few strategic tools, all available here. This site links
users to hundreds of curriculum topics, online graphing and manipulation, and
downloadable data sets for use in class. The Calendar of Events lists upcoming
workshops, conferences, talks, and field trips for teachers and students on
subjects such as global change, sustainable development, and marine science.
Join the Global Change Education Information List to chat with like-minded
educators across the USA. This site is of particular value to educators,
ecologists, environmental scientists, and students.
-National Wildlife Federation
Find action! Adventure! Entertainment! Excitement! Stuff for kids! All while
promoting conservation. That's the promise of this peppy site. Create a nature
paradise in your backyard. Learn about joint ventures with businesses, current
conservation campaigns, NWF sponsored outings, TV shows, merchandise, and
publications. Resources include: Animal Tracks On-Line, a collection of
environmental education lessons and activities for classrooms or youth groups;
the NatureQuest training program for environmental educators; Schoolyard
Habitats (invite wildlife to school grounds); NWF For Kids with a Cool Tour of
the Environment; a quiz; games; and more. Environmentalists, policy makers,
educators, students, business professionals, and journalists will find this site
A place to study river resources, with connections to facts, books, and
others studying rivers. Resources of the site can be searched using keywords,
and there are links to classrooms with information to share about specific
-National Energy Foundation
A nonprofit provider of educational materials and programs related to energy,
natural resources, and the environment, the NEF is supported by businesses,
government agencies, associations, and the education community. This site offers
a catalog of materials, free natural gas education materials, and links to
FOR PARENTS AND KIDS
-Kids Web-Environmental Science
Part of The Living Textbook Project, this site provides links to government
environmental agencies from the United States, Canada, and Australia, as well as
an online oceanography exhibit from the Smithsonian. Some linked sites focus on
government policies, scientific research, activism, or conservation. Special
topics include wetlands research and school projects. Students,
conservationists, ecologists, environmental scientists, and teachers will find
this site useful.
The World Wildlife Fund Canada shows what you can do to help make a
difference at school, at home, and in the community. Find project ideas and
resources such as a complete list of Canada's Endangered Species and other
Wildlife at Risk, fact sheets for many Canadian species (and some international
ones), and updates on wildlife issues. Useful to students and teachers.
-Kid's Stuff: Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water
Activities at this site include: Children's Project: Build your own Water
Cycle! Teach Kids About the Water Treatment Process; Word Scramble; Word Search
(English and Spanish); Bloopers: Embarrassing Moments in the Life of a Water
Drinker; and The Water Cycle at Work (Animated!). Sponsored by the Environmental
Protection Agency, the site offers practical eco-information and ideas for kids
This site is the Web version of a cable-TV show. The educational
magazine-style site strives to include information and articles from as many
sources as possible so as to be unbiased. Features include Captain Seaweed and
Crew, who keep kids informed about the ocean; op-ed articles from environmental
activists; an image gallery of satellite photos taken from around the globe; and
updates on endangered species rescue efforts. Links are provided to Greenpeace
and the Nature Conservancy, among others. Of special interest to
environmentalists, ecologists, conservationists, educators, parents, and kids.
FOR TEACHERS AND CLASSROOMS
-Education Resources for
This "virtual nature center" contains a growing archive of natural history
materials that support environmental education. You will find several free mini
poster lessons-often supported by an "in hands" activity that kids can do-free
natural history clip art samples, fund raising items, and desktop publishing
tutorials. Of particular value to educators and interpreters.
-Classroom Connect on the Net
Site visitors can use an extensive meta-index of educational resources or
they can get information about products Wentworth Worldwide Media has for
educators. The site provides numerous connections to other resources, primary
and secondary schools on the Internet, and links to primary and secondary
education newsgroups. Also described here are newsletters, videotapes,
prepackaged lesson plans, and more. K-12 teachers and students will find this
site very useful.
-Busy Teacher's Website: Ecology/Environment
This site provides K-12 teachers with rapid access to quality source
materials which are organized in a familiar way. Materials include lesson plans
and classroom activities which require a minimum of site-to-site linking.
-The GLOBE Project
The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE)
project offers a worldwide network of students, teachers, and scientists working
together to study and understand the global environment. GLOBE students make a
core set of environmental observations at or near their schools and report their
data via the Internet. Scientists use GLOBE data in their research and provide
feedback to the students to enrich their science education. Each day, images
created from the GLOBE student data sets are posted on the World Wide Web,
allowing students and visitors to the Website "visualize" the observations. By
participating in GLOBE, teachers guide their students through daily, weekly, and
seasonal environmental observations, measuring variables such as air temperature
and precipitation. This is an excellent opportunity for K-12 teachers to
integrate computers and the World Wide Web into classroom activities.
-Voyage--Bringing the World To Your Classroom
Reprinted articles and lively images from a variety of sources are offered
for downloading through this online magazine. Well-organized into categories
such as biodiversity and wildlife conservation, alternative energy and fuels,
health, population, agriculture, clean air and water, marine ecology, waste
management, and climate, the articles are useful to ecologists, scientists,
students, and teachers. Students can use the articles for science projects and
teachers may use articles in lesson plans. There are links directly to sources
referenced in the articles.
-ERIC Clearinghouse for Science, Mathematics, and Environmental Education
Supported by the U.S. Department of Education, this site offers ERIC Digests
online, publications for sale, links to other sites in the ERIC system, and
access to the world's largest database of education-related materials. Useful to
anyone interested in education topics.
-Environment and Society Index-An Internet
Find information on environmental subjects, organizations, regional issues,
or research. The Index covers subjects such as biodiversity, education,
environmental justice, indigenous cultures, natural resources, recycling,
wetlands, and wildlife. There are links to environmental journals, treaties,
discussion groups and resource guides. This site provides unique resources of
value to environmental scientists, ecologists, educators, students, researchers,
and activists, but is of limited appeal to the general public.
-Environmental Sites on the Internet
Provides an extensive collection of links, searchable alphabetically by
subject or by region, organization, etc. A good starting point for anyone
seeking environmental information or resources.
-Yahoo! Environment and Nature
Links to many sites related to topics such as: conservation, ecology, energy,
environmental studies, ozone depletion, pollution, sustainable development, and
more. Useful to all.
-World Wide Web Virtual Library: Environment
Large collection of links searchable by topic, including biodiversity,
energy, forestry, oceanography, sustainable development, and more.
-Galaxy Jewels: Environment
Hotlist of environmental sites, including several online library collections.
-Earth and Environmental Science
This site provided by the U.S. Geological Survey offers an extensive
collection of Internet resources that can be viewed by topic or searched by
keyword. Useful reference site.