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Links to Environmental Information

DEC's Website:

State Symbols Information about state symbols, including the state bird, fossil and gemstone.

Endangered Species New York's threatened and endangered species, including fact sheets on many.

New York Mining Information about New York's Geology and Mining.

Watersheds of New York Information about water issues in New York and maps showing the state's watersheds.

Air Pollution Microscopy The Division of Air has information about efforts to prevent air pollution through microscopy.

Aquatic Macroinvertebrates The Division of Water's Photographic Key to Macroinvertebrates.

NYS Hudson River has a wealth of information linked off of it to such things as the Estuary program and it's highly entertaining monthly almanac highlights.

Related Sites/Links of Interest

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Government:

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Bureau of Land Management's Learning Landscapes - showcases exciting events, education opportunities, and resources on America's Public Lands

US Environmental Protection Agency

  • Student's Center Page - Cool site to learn about air, water, ecosystems, conservation, waste and recycling, and many other environmental issues. Play environmental-themed games, use the homework resources, and learn about service learning projects or science project idea.
  • Environmental Education page - for resources specific to teachers, youth educators, and environmental education professionals.
  • EnviroFacts - integrates information from a variety of databases and includes latitude and longitude information. Each of these databases contains information about facilities that are required to report activity to a state or federal system. Using this form, you can retrieve information about hazardous waste (including the Biennial Report), toxic and air releases, Superfund sites, and water discharge permits. Facility information and a map of its location is provided.

National Interagency Fire Center's Education Initiative All about fire!

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Education Resources Teacher links as well as student links; including an animated water cycle.

US National Park Service

  • Teacher's page - distance learning opportunities, field trips, and curriculum materials in addition to accredited professional development opportunities
  • Kids' page - Explore with WebRangers, learn how to become a Junior Ranger, learn songs about the National Parks, and learn about climate change

Natural Resources Conservation Service's Tidbits for Teachers

US Fish and Wildlife Service's Let's Go Outside

US Forest Service

US Geological Survey

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

States:

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How to Find State Environmental Agencies

California Environmental Resources Evaluation System CERES Theme: California Environmental Education

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources's EEK! An electronic environmental education magazine for kids

Texas Parks and Wildlife's Education page

Wild BC Information about British Columbia's wildlife: good publications page and kids/families activity page

Climate Change:

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U.S. EPA Climate Change site includes links to detailed information on a wide range of climate change information

  • Climate Change for Kids (US EPA) includes child-friendly explanations of the terminology used in climate change reports, games, web links, plus information for teachers, including links to many web sites with lesson plans and activities

Climate Change Education on-line resource center with links to many climate change web sites for teachers, kids and families.

Union of Concerned Scientists information related to climate change

  • Impacts in the Northeast impacts of Climate Change specific for the Northeast US
  • Sea Level Rise information
  • GLOBAL WARMING: Early Warning Signs has a map indicating local warning signs of global warming. There is also a "Global Warming Basics" section and other information on global warming. This site is a joint effort of Environmental Defense, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Union of Concerned Scientists, U.S. Public Interest Research Group, World Resources Institute, World Wildlife Fund
  • Cool it! Climate Change card game

Teachers' Guide to High Quality Educational Materials on Climate Change and Global Warming provides guidance to understanding climate change materials on the web, and links to other sites

National Wildlife Federation Global Warming Site contains detailed information on many related topics

Climate Connections for information and news stories on climate change and global warming from National Public Radio

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assesses scientific, technical and socio-economic information relevant for the understanding of climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation

Understanding Climate Change: A Global Warming Primer - from the National Center for Atmospheric Research & the UCAR Office of Programs

Birds in a Changing Climate was the theme for International Migratory Bird Day 2007, Climate Challenge Game related to climate impacts on birds, and other resources

US Dept of Energy's Office of Science's Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Climate Research Facility

  • Education page with "Study Hall" for students and "Teacher Toolbox" for educators

Center for Climate and Energy Solutions strives to provide credible information, straight answers, and innovative solutions in the effort to address global climate change

Will Steger Foundation a lot of information on climate change and actions to help slow the process. Teachers can also sign in to gain access to lesson plans approved by National Geographic Xpeditions and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Non-Government - General:

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Global Change Project, a project of Paleontological Research Institution (affiliated with Cornell University), provides great information and resources on climate change and biodiversity loss

Community Learning Network Excellent web page for education resources on a wide range of topics for all grades

Discovery's School page for Teachers, Students, and Parents Phenomenal Resources for all!

eNature.com A phenomenal web page with searchable field guides, habitat guides, ask-an-expert-naturalist, and local guides!

EdHelper.com Source for lesson plans on different topics

New York Academy of Sciences

  • Science & the City, a project of the New York Academy of Sciences to provide the Tri-State Region with science, math, and technology enrichment programs and resources

National Geographic Lesson plans, a kid page, and tons of info about research that National Geographic has a hand in

National Wildlife Federation's Kids Zone

North American Association for Environmental Education

Resources for Teaching Middle School Science - On right side of screen, use "Read Online" button to explore the book's field trip ideas, curriculum materials, reference materials for free

Sea Grant-NYS

Teacherplanet.com Teacher's resource page including links to purchase teaching supplies

Adirondacks:

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Adirondack Ecological Center A unit of SUNY Environmental Sciences and Forestry

Adirondack Mountain Club

The Adirondack Museum

Adirondack Park Agency

The Wild Center

Birds:

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New York State Young Birders Club - for young birders between the ages of 10 and 19

Cornell Lab of Ornithology Bird identification, Bird songs & calls on the web, etc.

Wildbirds.com

Farmlands:

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New York Farm Bureau

Farmland information - to find specific NYS information, search on New York State

Forestry:

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Treetures.com Treetures represent an environmental education effort with a direct focus on trees. They are a community of whimsical characters that are dedicated to carrying the message of tree planting and care.

North East Foresters Association

Fish:

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New York State Inland (Freshwater) Fishes Color prints, geographic distribution and life history information.

Rivers:

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American Rivers

Center for Watershed Protection

Earth Force's Resources page

Natural and Social History of the Bronx River Visit Bronx River Alliance's social and natural history of the only freshwater stream in New York City - complete with species list from a 24-hour BioBlitz to catalog species found on the river!

Water and Wetlands:

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American Water Resources Association

Duck's Unlimited's Greenwings's Puddler Activity guides, puzzles and games for kids

National Institute for Water Resources

Society of Wetland Scientists's Wetland-related Educational Resources page information more for high school students, but excellent links to pictures of wetlands

T.E.A.C.H. Great Lakes Environmental education focused on the Great Lakes

Water on the Web Great resource for high school and first year college students and the educators who teach them on hands-on science activities with lesson plans

Water Resources Institute at Cornell