Educational Resources

Climate Change Presentations for High Schools

The Alliance for Climate Education offers 45-60 minute interactive assembly presentations for high school students (in specific regions) to deliver science-based multimedia presentations on climate education.  The organization also offers grant and scholarship opportunities to empower students to take action.

Climate Literacy Handbook

The Climate Literacy Handbook presents the basic scientific concepts of climate science for non-technical audiences.  It is an elaboration of Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Sciences, a set of seven principles and their underlying fundamental concepts that developed by scientists and educators.  Commentary and online resources follow each principle, allowing further exploration of key climate literacy concepts.

Deep Sea Research Blog

Michelle Kay is a 6th grade science and marine biology teacher in Honolulu, Hawai’i.  She is currently on a deep-sea fish research cruise as the teacher-at-sea in Monterey Bay, California.  Read her blogs from this and previous cruises.

Earth System Science Education Alliance

The Earth System Science Education Alliance delivers a student-centered teaching model for geoscience education to university faculty, as well as pre-service and in-service middle-high school teachers.  Their website hosts a listing of participating institutions along with upcoming courses and contact information.  In addition, the resources section hosts links to lessons on climate, oceans, polar regions, and more.  This website is well organized and easy to navigate.

EBM Tools Network Updates

The Ecosystem-Basted Management (EBM) Tools Network offers a myriad of EBM tools and other resources on their website.  Sign up for network updates, including news of upcoming demonstrations, professional development, and tools.  The listserve also offers timely information for EBM and geospatial analysis professionals.

Environmental Posters

The Loxahatchee River District offers a series of environmental poster series, Seagrasses, Eastern Oyster, Bonefish, Tarpon, and Land Crab.  The posters focus on the importance of habitat preservation and fisheries management.  The posters can be downloaded from the website.

Florida Keys Tortugas 2009

Scientists and crew on the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster continued the long-term study (2001 to present) of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Tortugas North Ecological Reserve, from September 22-30, 2009.  The team conducted diver and sonar surveys of benthic habitats and fishes as part of an evaluation of the impact of this no- take reserve on marine communities.   Read their daily logs as they conducted research to examine habitat utilization of fishes by sampling both on and off the reef, focusing on the deep edge of the reef where it transitions into sand.

GIS 2 GPS Portal

This website, GIS 2 GPS Portal Resources For Educators & Students, was developed by educators in Illinois to help educators and students understand geospatial technologies.  Resources include links to courses, collaborators, software, and more.

Growing Up WILD

Growing Up WILD is an early childhood education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them.  Through a wide range of activities and experiences, Growing Up WILD provides an early foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world and lifelong social and academic skills.  The activity guide, Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children is written especially for early childhood educators of children ages 3-7.   Guides are distributed to participants at professional development workshops, offered by Project WILD state coordinators.  Workshops are free or have a minimal workshop fee.  As an example, the website offers the downloadable activity, Fishing Fun!


The National Park Service offers an updated interpretive resource, Handles: Helping Visitors to Grasp Resource Meanings, a Survey of Interpretive Techniques.  The downloadable booklet offers a listing and definition of techniques which provide the audience with opportunities to make their own intellectual and emotional connections to resource meanings.

Institute for Global Environmental Strategies Climate Change Resources

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies works with educators and scientists to develop educational resources for the classroom.  Partnering with agencies such as NASA and the EPA, they offer scientifically accurate products that are geared toward students of varying grade levels.  The Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change is a series of learning modules for grades 1-12.  The activities focus on the impact of climate change on everything from agriculture to coastal areas to human health.

Living in the Weather

NOAA’s Ocean Service Education website offers new Living in the Weather resources for teachers.  These materials explain how meteorologists observe and predict the weather. To understand weather and climate, one needs to understand the atmospheric and oceanic conditions and the interrelatedness of weather and climate. The resources will help teacher engage their students in the exploration and prediction of atmospheric conditions responsible for weather patterns and climatic conditions, and investigate how extreme weather impacts people and the environment.

Making Waves

Making Waves is a multimedia outreach project designed to help bring science and math to life in your middle school classroom by unlocking the mysteries of the oceans.  Partners for the website include the College of Marine Science at the University of South Florida, USGS, and InterActive Teacher Magazine.  Resource topics include Sea Level Rise, Red Tides, Oceans from Space, Real Time Data, and much more.  Check out the background information, activities, and links on this website.

Marine Geospatial Ecology Tools

Marine Geospatial Ecology Tools (MGET) is a free, open-source geoprocessing toolbox designed for coastal and marine researchers and GIS analysts who work with spatially-explicit ecological and oceanographic data in science and management.  MGET includes over 180 tools useful for a variety of tasks.

Marine Life Blog

The Marine Life Blog follows the travels and marine life discoveries of Ned and Anna DeLoach and Paul Humann, the authors/photographers of the Reef Set marine life identification book series.  The blog offers reports, photos, and video from dive locations around the globe on their marine life encounters.  Check out these fantastic visuals.

National Water Management Center

The National Resources Conservation Service offers the National Water Management Center website to provide leadership, assistance, information, and technology on water-related issues for natural resources conservation.  Learn about water resource planning, watershed assessments, water policy implementations, and more.

Neighborhood Explorers

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offers an online video game aimed to encourage kids to go outside and learn about the environment.  Designed for children ages 8-11, the website is geared to reach those children not currently participating in outdoor programs and activities.  Read about it on the Let’s Go Outside website.


The National Wildlife Federation offers Ranger Rick’s PhotoZone to help young photographers learn to take and share photos of wildlife and wild places.  There are photo tips, tricks, contests, and more.

RAMP Cruise 2009

The Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program cruise to the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument has begun aboard the NOAA ship Hi’ialakai.  Scientists will revisit numerous sites around the remote islands and atolls to gather data on reef ecosystem health.  Follow the mission through cruise logs, check out the crew biographies, and more.

Sheltered Sea

The Baum Foundation and Coyote Films offer the public service film, A Sheltered Sea -The Southern Passage, about the Marine Life Protection Act Initiative along the California coast.  The film highlights the activities taking place in the south coast region from Point Conception to Mexico.  The Southern Passage features the collective benefits and challenges of creating a network of MPAs.  The website offers a 3-minute trailer along with the downloadable 25-minute film.

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Ship-2-Shore Education

Join Oceanographic Research Vessel Algalita in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in its 10th year of studying human impacts on marine ecosystems.  The website includes daily updates and images from the research vessel; the opportunity to interact with the ship’s research team; lessons and activities; and more.

South Florida Sponge Guide

Researchers at the National Coral Reef Institute along with an international team of experts, offer the South Florida Sponge Guide website.  The website offers an interactive identification guide to the shallow-water marine sponges of South Florida, including illustrated keys and descriptions of organisms, their diagnostic components, habitat, and biological data.

Ten Top Tips for Teaching with New Media

Eductopia offers Ten Top Tips for Teaching with New Media. It offers succinct and practical advice, covering everything from iChat and Twitter to lesser-known tools like VoiceThread and Wordle.  The downloadable document is available for free.

Virtual Barrier Island

The Bureau of Economic Geology along with the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, has developed a 3-D virtual model of the Gulf of Mexico and Texas coastal environments.  The model can be used in the classroom and by the general public to explore how relative sea level change rise, caused by climate change and other causes, may impact the coastal zone.  The website offers the downloadable 3-D model, a lesson plan, teacher’s introduction, and a virtual reality video which explains how to navigate and manipulate the data within the model.


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