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Business

  • earthSmart Consumer
    The EarthSmart consumer will help you take those first steps toward healthy solutions for you and your family. There are simple first steps that anyone and everyone can take that will make a difference in your home and in our world.
  • Envirobiz
    International Environmental Information Network
  • Minnesota Waste Wise
    Helps businesses reduce waste, recycle and save money in the process. Guarantees you'll save at least the cost of membership or your money back.
  • MnTAP (Minnesota Technical Assistance Program)
    Helps businesses prevent pollution and better manage waste while helping them save time and money.
  • PicoTurbine International
    PicoTurbine International provides high quality and affordable energy education science kits such as wind turbine, solar, hydropower, fuel cell, electricity and other renewable energy education kits.

EE Resources Online

  • 101 Top Web Resource on Climate Change
    From general climate change news to specific scientific information and even social advocacy surrounding humanity's influence on climate change, these sites cover many important aspects of the study of climate change.
  • A Basic Guide to Tree Identification
    A comprehensive list of web resources to assist you in identifying various types of trees.
  • Best Practices for Field Days
    U of M Extension has an extensive guidebook, customized workshops, and other tools to assist you in designing your field day using best practices.
  • Biosphere 2
    Under the University of Arizona's management, Biosphere 2 is continuing as a major regional attraction and also serves as a laboratory for controlled scientific studies, an arena for scientific discovery and discussion, and a far-reaching provider of public education.
  • Bird Education Network (BEN)
    The Bird Education Network (BEN) provides educators working in the field of bird conservation with a variety of new tools and strategies they can employ to be more effective.
  • Digital Nature Guide
    The Digital Nature Guide has free software to allow you to make and to view natural history guides. Make a field guide for any type of animal or plant.
  • Earthguide
    The Earthguide website features science and nature of the Earth, its oceans, and the environment. The site is kept current and covers resources for teachers, activities, and lesson plans.
  • Electronic Naturalist
    The Electronic Naturalist is a free on-line education program providing a weekly environmental education unit.
  • Environment-Based Education: Creating High Performance Schools and Students
    This report consists of a collection of case studies of schools in Texas, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Kentucky, and Florida that are using the environment to motivate students to learn, and bring new life and meaning into their school experience.
  • Environmental Education & Communication for a Sustainable World
    How-to manual with fundamentals, case studies, information, and models of working in education and communication in national and international programs.
  • Environmental Education in Wisconsin
    A guide to Wisconsin's environmental education organizations, programs, materials, and professionals.
  • Environmental Education Information Providers Directory
    Directory of clearinghouses that have many resources for environmental educators in pdf format
  • Environmental Education Materials: Guidelines for Excellence
    Provides a set of recommendations for developing and selecting environmental education materials.
  • Environmental Education Station
    This newly updated site provides an abundance of teaching materials geared toward environmental and resource economics, a photo library, and links to hot environmental topics.
  • Excellence in Environmental Education Guidelines for Learning (K-12)
    Provides students, parents, educators, home schoolers, policy makers, and the public a set of common, voluntary guidelines for environmental education.
  • Explore Minnesota's List of MN Nature Centers
    Minnesota's nature centers offer opportunities to enjoy and learn about our natural environment. Many have trails, interpretive programs and expert staff, wildlife exhibits, and more. Some of the best known centers focus on particular wildlife species common in Minnesota such as wolves, bears, and eagles.
  • Facts about Flowers for Kids
    Information about parts of a flower, edible flowers, how flowers eat and grow, facts about flowers, activities to do with flowers and more.
  • GeoLibrary.org
    Geolibrary.org is an electronic library of occupational and environmental health training materials. It is designed to house an array of free educational materials and is searchable in six languages.
  • Guidelines for the Initial Preparation of Environmental Educators
    A set of recommendations about the basic knowledge and abilities educators need to provide high-quality environmental education.
  • If Trees Could Talk Environmental History Curriculum
    This 8-module, middle school curriculum gives teachers the opportunity to download social studies activities that are based upon archival materials. The centerpiece of each module is a compilation of primary resources--documents, maps, newspaper articles, oral histories or photographs--from which students will be asked to gather, examine, and analyze information, and synthesize insights.
  • Introduction to Environmental Science course resources
    Created by James Dauray, this web page includes a course Syllabus, Unit Descriptions, Research Project ideas, and recommended Textbooks for teaching environmental science.
  • Learning for a Sustainable Environment
    Ten extenisive learning modules originally developed for the Asia Pacific area but applicable for any learning situation.
  • Lessons Learned about Educator Training
    "Lessons Learned about Educator Training - A Synthesis of Grants Provided by Project Learning Tree, Project WET, and Project WILD under the Environmental Education and Training Partnership, 1995-2000"
  • Lets Move Outside!
    Let's Move Outside! gives parents the tools they need to get their families moving outdoors. By linking parents to nearby parks, trails and waters - and providing tips and ideas - Let's Move Outside! will help families become healthier and develop a more active lifestyle.
  • Minnesota Water - Let's Keep It Clean
    Welcome to an educational outreach of Metro WaterShed Partners. We are a group of more than forty public, private and nonprofit organizations engaged in educating Twin Cities residents about how to care for Minnesota's precious water resources.
  • Monarch Butterfly Thematic Resource Unit
    A thematic or interdisciplinary unit has been designed to assist teachers who are developing their own lessons to integrate technology and the power of the Web within their classrooms. This Web site is directed at the topic of migration and butterflies.
  • Nature-Deficit Disorder: Getting Kids Outdoors
    We've depended on it since the beginning of human history, but have taken it for granted since. So we find ourselves at a point in our culture when we have to study the very question: What is nature? Don Shelby reports. (4:40).
  • NatureFind
    NatureFind helps people find nature nearby by providing easy to understand information about local places and events where visitors can have a great experience of nature.
  • Painted Lady Butterfly
    This website offers everything you want to know about the Painted Lady Butterfly. Learn about butterfly behavior, view beautiful photos, check out migration maps and even watch a time-lapse video of the butterfly's metamorphosis process.
  • Power Technology - Videos
    The latest videos within the power and energy industries, from Power-Technology.com, a portal dedicated to the power industry.
  • Ranger Rick's Green Zone
    Students can help the Greenway family green up their house, complete a green Mad Lib, take a quiz to find out their "green I.Q.," take the Ranger Rick Pledge and watch the new Ranger Rick Adventure cartoon.
  • RethinkRecycling.com
    RethinkRecycling.com is your go-to guide for waste and recycling in the Twin Cities. We strive to help citizens understand the urgent need to make environmentally responsible purchasing and disposal decisions in their daily lives.
  • The Artful Rain Garden Project
    The mission of Artful Rain Garden Project is to inform, inspire, and encourage people to install rain gardens in the St. Croix watershed.
  • The Environmental Education Collection: A Review of Resources for Educators
    3 volumes of curriculum guides and other educational materials evaluated by teams of classrooms teachers, content experts, and environmental educators.
  • The Great Green Web Game
    This game tests your knowledge of how consumer choices affect the environment. As you answer questions and 'shop green' the Envirometer gauges the cumulative impact of your choices.
  • Using ENVIRONMENT-BASED Education...
    Using ENVIRONMENT-BASED Education to Advance Learning Skills and Character Development (October 2001) This report looks at effects of environment-based education on our young people such as improved motivation, skills for life-long learning, career preparation, and attitudes of respect and responsibility.
  • Water Calculator - National Wildlife Federation
    Because people and wildlife depend on water to live, we need to make efforts to conserve and protect this valuable resource. Visit this site to calculate your water usage.
  • WISE: The Web-based Inquiry Science Environment
    WISE is a simple yet powerful learning environment where students examine real-world evidence and analyze current scientific controversies. Our curriculum projects are designed to meet standards and complement your current science curriculum, and your grade 5-12 students will find them exciting and engaging.

Environmental Databases

  • AirData : Access to Air Pollution Data
    The AirData website gives you access to air pollution data for the entire United States. AirData produces reports and maps of air pollution data based on criteria that you specify.
  • Consortium for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN)
    CIESIN provides access to information worldwide, advancing understanding of human interactions in the environment and serving the needs of science and public and private decision making.
  • EarthTrends
    EarthTrends environmental information website is a comprehensive online database maintained by the World Resources Institute that focuses on the environmental, social, and economic trends that shape our world. There are links to research topics, news, and recent updates.
  • Edutopia ~ Green Teacher's Resources
    A directory of resources that integrate knowledge and awareness of Earth's fragility into classwork and community service, carefully blending concern with action to help kids feel engaged and hopeful.
  • Encyclopedia of Life
    The Encyclopedia of Life is a global effort to document all 1.8 million named species of animals, plants, and other forms of life on Earth. The encyclopedia will be a multimedia Wikipedia-style Web site, providing downloadable information on each species.
  • Environmental Resources Spatial Analysis Center (ERSAC)
    ERSAC is a unified computing environment for research on spatial analysis and modeling of natural resources and environment. The ERSAC website provides data and information on GIS in Minnesota and the Midwest.
  • Google Scholar
    Google Scholar is a free resource that searches only journal articles, theses, books, preprints, and technical reports across any area of research.
  • GreenFacts.org
    GreenFacts is an independent, non-advocacy, multi-stakeholder non-profit organization based in Brussels. Its mission is to provide non-specialists with unbiased scientific information on environment and health matters.
  • Index of Watershed Indicators (EPA)
    Compilation of information provided by the EPA on the the definition of a watershed, where they are located and the "health conditions" of major watersheds across the U.S.
  • lakelubbers.com: Great Lakes
    This website provides an overview of the Great Lakes, listing lake facts, figures, and other data, information about major cities, industries, and tourism surrounding the lakes, and includes a kids page.
  • MapMachine
    The National Geographic online atlas allows customizable searches for nearly any place on Earth to view by population, climate, and much more. View antique maps, find country facts, or plan an outdoor adventure with a trail map.
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources ForNet
    DNR Resource Assessment Unit's ForNet web site brings a variety of innovative geospatial data delivery applications together in one location.
  • Minnesota Electronic Curriculum Repository (MECR)
    MECR is a quality-controlled database of curriculum materials that support the implementation of the Minnesota Graduation Standards.
  • Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium
    A forum for communicating information to, and improving cooperation among, those interested in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Land Information Systems (LIS) in Minnesota.
  • Minnesota Water Quality Data - MPCA
    The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has made water quality data for lakes, rivers and streams available through its Environmental Data Access (EDA) so you can find, view and retrieve water quality data and information easily.
  • National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC)
    One of three NOAA environmental data centers, and serves as a national repository and dissemination facility for global ocean data which acquires and preserves a historical record of the Earth's changing environment to be used for ocean climate research.
  • Outdoor Youth Provider Database
    The Outdoor Youth Provider Database is a tool designed to help connect youth providers to one another. It is a place that houses outdoor youth provider information, including addresses, program descriptions, characteristics, ages of youth served, to help connect youth to our great outdoors.
  • SEEK (Sharing Environmental Education Knowledge)
    Minnesota's home of environmental education resources for formal and nonformal educators. Includes a large database of EE resources, a calendar, region-specific tools, employment opportunities, and an active partnership with EE providers.
  • The Great Lakes Directory
    This online resource highlights environmental issues around the Great Lakes basin. The Directory contains a network of environmental groups, funding and nonprofit management resources, and an up-to-date online library of Great Lakes environmental information.
  • The Twin Cities Green Guide
    This printed guidebook and website was created to educate Twin Cities Metro area residents about environmental issues, serve as a quick environmental reference tool and promote a self-sustaining and community-oriented lifestyle.

Federal Government Sites

  • Energy Kid's Page - US Dept. of Energy
    The Energy Kid's Page was created to share information about the energy industry. The site includes energy facts, fun & games, energy history, classroom activities, links, and a glossary.
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Office of Environmental Education
    Extensive environmental education database of resources and information for all ages. Some of these resources include: the EE Grants Program, the Educator Training Program various publications and a large list of partnerships with the EPA.
  • Federal WWW Locator
    The Federal Court Locator is a service provided by the Villanova University School of Law. It is intended to give net citizens a means to access information related to the federal judiciary, including slip opinions. This information can be viewed on-line or it can be downloaded.
  • Habitattitude
    Habitattitude is about consumer awareness and responsible behaviors. This campaign, headed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, seeks to eliminate the transfer of any species outside of your enclosed, artificial system, which has the potential to cause the loss or decline of native plants and animals.
  • Library of Congress: Nature and the Environment
    The Library of Congress has compiled a collection of resources supporting education on nature and the environment. The multimedia resources include presentations, exhibitions, Webcasts, news, and classroom materials.
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    NASA's homepage for any information about the United States' space program. This website provides various links for different sectors including: the public, educators, students, media and policymakers.
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Education Resources
    Designed to help students, teachers, librarians and the general public access the many educational activities, publications, and booklets that NOAA has produced.
  • National Park Service
    The National Park Service webpage is a useful site that provides access to the history and culture behind our nation's parks. Other resources include helpful highlights of featured parks, tools for educators and students, and search tools for finding a park you wish to visit.
  • National Science Foundation
    The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense."
  • U.S. EPA's Waste Education Resources
    This site provides a wealth of materials for teachers, kids, students, and researchers to develop an increased knowledge of solid waste issues. These resources are intended to increase environmental awareness and inspire participation in environmental activities.
  • United States Fish and Wildlife Service
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service helps Americans learn about fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats because a public that's educated about natural resource issues is an informed public.
  • United States Geological Survey (USGS) - Education
    The U.S. Geological Survey provides scientific information intended to help educate the public about natural resources, natural hazards, and issues that affect our quality of life. Discover selected online resources, including lessons, data, maps, and more to support teaching and education of (K-12) and beyond.
  • USDA Forest Service - Conservation Education
    The mission of the Forest Service is to connect people to the land by providing them with the tools they need to take informed actions related to sustaining natural and cultural resources.
  • USFWS National Conservation Training Center Library
    An on-line library catalog including journals/newspapers/newsletter subscriptions, books and curriculum, videos, audiotapes, maps, posters, and pamphlets. There are also special collections for education and outreach as well as the USFWS publications archives.
  • USFWS Web Resources for Environmental Education
    A compilation of resources presented in a PDF file entitled: "Resources for Environmental Educators." This list of resources about EE was put together by the National Conservation Training Center's (NCTC) Division of Education Outreach.

Government

International Environmental Education

  • ARKive Education
    ARKive is the world's centralized library of films and photographs of the world's endangered species and habitats - freely accessible to all online for private research and internal educational purposes.
  • Border-wide Environmental Education Coalition Bulletin
    An electronic newsletter of border environmental educators from Mexico and the United States, quarterly.
  • Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM)
    The EECOM is Canadaŭs national, bilingual, network for environmental education and communication. We support and develop competency in educators, communicators, learners and consumers, and build capacity for environmental learning and sustainability.
  • Center of Environmental Education in Argentina
    Offers school, public, and family programs. This Web site is mostly in Spanish, however they do have program offerings in English.
  • Conservation International Education and Awareness
    Site highlights conservation education resources and programs.
  • Earth Education International: Costa Rica
    New international experiential learning organization that offers interdisciplinary short-courses and semester study abroad programs focusing on sustainable global stewardship in Costa Rica.
  • Environmental Education Ontario (EEON)
    A coalition of educators and citizens from across Ontario's wide diversity of public sectors, EEON is proud to have facilitated the collaborative creation of Canada's first province-wide plan for environmental literacy. We're offering a plan for all Ontarians from all walks of life to work together to create a healthy, sustainable future through education.
  • European Environmental Education Newsletter
    See what is going in Europe in regards to environmental education
  • Green Street Canada
    Green Street endeavours to provide opportunities to actively engage students and teachers in environmental learning and sustainability education. We aim to deliver credible, accessible and affordable programs that are relevant to students concerns, curriculum-linked, encourage a sense of personal responsibility for the environment, foster a commitment to sustainable living, and promote an enduring dedication to environmental stewardship.
  • GreenCom
    GreenCOM promotes the practice of environmental education and communication (EE&C) worldwide. It's approach is to integrate social disciplines that deal with how humans act towards their environment to foster environmentally sustainable behaviors and practices.
  • La Lucena Environmental Learning Center
    Argentina's only residential learning center.
  • Nakuru Environmental and Conservation Trust (NECT)
    We aim to improve the quality of the environment and its sustainable development through environmental education, reducing our footprint, and enhancing biodiversity.
  • Peace Corps' World Wise Schools
    An innovative education program that seeks to engage learners in an inquiry about the world, themselves and others.
  • The World Bank's Environmental Issues Area
    A Web site for students and teachers looking at issues such as development, population, and country profiles.
  • The World Bank's Sustainable Development Web Area
    Discusses what sustainable development is and also includes discussion areas, learning modules, and other sustainable development resources. Available in Spanish, English, and French
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization
    Information on UNESCO's education programs, conferences, workshops, educational publications, project sites and the like around the world.
  • Universe Awareness for Young Children (UNAWE)
    UNAWE is an international outreach activity that uses the beauty and grandeur of the universe to inspire very young disadvantaged children. Goals are to: broaden children's minds, awaken their curiosity in science, and stimulate global citizenship and tolerance. Site offers a wide variety of educational materials such as online activities, games, animations, films, and teachers' materials.
  • World Resources Institute Education Center
    WRI provides information, ideas, and solutions to global environmental problems.

National Sites

  • About.Com: Environment
    Contains over 1500 links to articles and sites dealing with various environmental topics covering 40 different categories.
  • Air & Waste Management Association Environmental Education and Public Outreach Resources
    A&WMA publishes the Environmental Education Resource Guide (EERG) curriculum for grades K-12, the Understanding Air Quality outreach products, Information Booklets, Fact Sheets, and other materials.
  • Butterflies of Minnesota
    Photos and textual species information
  • Campaign for Environmental Literacy
    The Campaign aims to help organize and mobilize the collective tools and assets of the EE community in order to secure federal support and encouragement for vibrant, integrated EE programs across the nation.
  • Center for Environmental Education
    CEE's mission is to create greener K-12 schools and communities. Antioch New England Institute
  • EcoNet
    World's first computer network dedicated to environmental preservation and sustainability
  • EdGateway
    Offers educators and their organizations the ability to find, organize, and share events, discussions, organizational information, and documents
  • Educational REALMS (Resources for Engaging Active Learners in Mathematics and Science)
    This is a new organization created in 2004 after the discontinuation of the federally funded ERIC Clearinghouse for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education (ERIC/CSMEE). Educational REALMS hopes to pick up where ERIC/CSMEE left off by providing many of the same services and offering a variety of resources to anyone interested in science, mathematics, technology, and environmental education at all levels.
  • Educator's Directory of Government & Foundation Resources
    Created for classroom teachers and environmental educators. The directory includes a guide to educational resources and grant funding at state and federal EE agencies, resources for the integration of EE into interdisciplinary classroom instruction, links to all sites featured, and identifies government agency affiliations.
  • EE Link
    Environmental education resources on the Internet
  • Eisenhower Center for Mathematics and Science
    The information source for K-12 math and science teachers.
  • Eisenhower National Clearinghouse Funding Opportunities
    Resources to help you locate and apply for educational funds from corporations, agencies, and foundations.
  • EnviroEducation .com: The Environmental Education Directory
    Extensive site offering access to educational opportunities and institutions in the field of environmental education.
  • Environmental Education and Training Partnership (EETAP)
    EETAP is a national project designed to increase the number of education professionals trained in EE.
  • Environmental Literacy Website
    This web site is intended to help students and teachers study environmental issues by guiding them to the best resources available on the Internet.
  • Environmental News Network
    This is an environmental news network with daily e-mail service of the latest environmental news both in the US and World.
  • Environmental Organization WebDirectory
    An environmental organization directory on the Web and includes sites from over 100 countries.
  • EnvironMentors
    The EnvironMentors Project matches urban teenagers with environmental and science professionals.
  • Global Network of Environment & Technology
    GNET seeks to promote sustainable development and environmental remediation through technological innovation.
  • GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment)
    A world-wide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program
  • Great Lakes Information Network (GLIN)
    Provides one place online for people to find information relating to the binational Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region of North America
  • Higher Education Directory (NAAEE)
    North American Association for Environmental Education's (NAAEE) Higher Education Directory is a comprehensive directory to undergraduate and graduate environmental programs at higher education institutions in North America. Look to the directory for details about institutions, programs, departments, and faculty.
  • Insititute for Conservation Leadership
    The Institute for Conservation Leadership empowers leaders with training and builds volunteer institutions that protect and conserve the Earth's environment.
  • K-12 Academics: Minnesota Museums Directory
    A National based Education & Disability Resource website with a community based approach. We cover every county, city or town in the U.S. If you are looking for a web site or information on a school, organization, museum, library, camp or support in your area you can find it here.
  • Marine Advanced Technology Education Web
    A national consortium of educational institutions and organizations seeking to improve marine technology education and to prepare our marine technicians for the complex, technologically advanced, workplace of today and tomorrow .
  • Mayaquest
  • National Association for Interpretation
    This is a national professional association for informal education/interpretation in historical, cultural, and natural history settings.
  • National Environmental Education Advancement Project (NEEAP)
    Aids state and local EE leaders in promoting their efforts, and develops informational items on building state capacity for EE
  • National Environmental Education and Training Foundation (NEETF)
    Develop and support environmental learning programs to meet social goals, such as improved health, better education, and "greener," more profitable business // National Report Card
  • National Environmental Education Foundation
    We provide trusted knowledge, resources and opportunities to improve our lives and the health of the planet.
  • National Geographic Xpeditions
    National Geographic Xpeditions Web site provides links to maps, activities, and related lesson plans all teacher-tested and sorted by grade level.
  • National Institute for Science and the Environment
    The National Council for Science and the Environment conducts programs to increase the number and quality of people capable of bringing science to bear on today's critical environmental challenges. We aim to support and build the capacity of: * Scientists capable of addressing environmental problems in a comprehensive and interdisciplinary manner * Environmental professionals who bring a holistic approach to environmental challenges * Individuals who can communicate technical knowledge in a manner that non-specialists can understand * Citizens and policy makers who appreciate the value of science and are prepared to be guided by it to the extent that it is relevant * Traditionally under-represented groups in environmental fields, and so tapping the latent talent of people in every community.
  • National Recycling Coalition's Recycle Library
    The Recycle Library consists of hundreds of reports, fact sheets, and studies from organizations around the country. The Recycle Library also has a wealth of information on composting materials processing, and a wide range of other topics.
  • National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
    The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), founded in 1944 is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all.
  • National Wildlife Federation (NWF)
    Education and Kids Zone sections provide school and community programs, Ranger and other publications
  • Nature Rocks
    Nature Rocks is a national program to inspire and empower families to play and explore in nature. This site will help you find all sorts of nature activities, plus tools to help guide and plan your adventures.
  • North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)
    NAAEE is the membership association for all those who help others learn about the environment. Join us if your passion is showing people how to be more environmentally conscious and to leave the planet a better place for future generations.
  • Population Connection
    Population Connection is the national grassroots population organization that educates young people and advocates progressive action to stabilize world population at a level that can be sustained by Earth's resources. Visit the website to download lesson plans, obtain resource materials and find a workshop near you.
  • Rainforest Alliance Learning Site
    The site provides complete and FREE lesson plans which adhere to national standards for K-6th grades and many supplemental materials. All of the curriculum is based on the on-the-ground conservation work of our partners groups in Latin America.
  • Stan Slaughter, The Eco-Troubador
    An environmental education consultant providing assemblies and workshops on the environment
  • State Education and Environmental Roundtable
    The Roundtable is working to improve learning by using the environment as an integrating context (EIC) in K-12 education
  • Teach With Databases:Toxics Release Inventory
    The Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics and National Science Teachers Association have produced this Web site which promotes environmental education using the EPA's Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) database.
  • Telling River Stories
    Telling River Stories is a multi-disciplinary project that aims to recover a "people's history" of the urban river. This history will be disseminated to the public in a series of creative, educational, interpretive installations constructed along the river itself, and through an array of ancillary materials that reinforce the stories told through those installations.
  • The Bear Den
    Information on bears
  • Treetures
    Cooperative site designed to teach young audiences about trees and the environment
  • U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Water Science for Schools
    This web site offers information on many aspects of water, along with pictures, data, maps, and an interactive center where you can give opinions and test your water knowledge. It also features a comprehensive section about the water cycle, with a diagram available in over 50 languages.
  • Underwater Adventures
    Information on their various programs
  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
    WHOI is dedicated to research and higher education at the frontiers of ocean science. Its primary mission is to develop and effectively communicate a fundamental understanding of the processes and characteristics governing how the oceans function and how they interact with Earth as a whole.
  • World Resources Institute's Education Center
    World Resources Institute is an environmental research and policy organization that creates solutions to protect the planet and improve peoples lives.

Organizations

  • A Thousand Friends of Frogs
    CGEE's program connecting children, parents, educators, and scientists to study and celebrate frogs and their habitats.
  • Action For Nature
    Action For Nature (AFN) is a USA-based nonprofit organization that inspires young people to take action for the environment and protect the natural world in their own neighborhood and around the world.
  • America Recycles Day (ARD)
    America Recycles Day is a national all-volunteer organization. Our mission is to hold an annual national awareness event to promote the social, environmental, and economic benefits of buying recycled and recycling.
  • American Bear Association and Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary
    Promotes the well-being of black bears, other wildlife, and all natural resources through a better understanding and provides opportunities for observation
  • ArtStrart
    ArtStart is an award-winning, non-profit arts organization dedicated to providing quality arts education for children and adults. Since its inception ArtStart has initiated a number of innovative programs and projects that focus on the link between the arts and the environment.
  • Association of Professional Humane Educators (APHE)
    The Association of Professional Humane Educators (APHE) is a professional organization for people interested and supportive of humane and environmental education. APHE provides professional development opportunities and networking for educators who promote humane attitudes toward people, animals and the environment.
  • Bell Museum of Natural History
    Exhibits and programs of science and the natural world.
  • Center for Global Environmental Education (CGEE)
    Part of Hamline University's Graduate School of Education fostering environmental literacy and stewardship.
  • Community Earth Councils
    Community Earth Councils are groups of elders (50+) and youth (16-28) working together to address global environmental and social challenges at the local level.
  • Como Zoo and Conservatory
    A City of St. Paul Parks and Recreation facility. The admission to the zoo is free.
  • Dodge Nature Center
    Just minutes from downtown St. Paul, Dodge Nature Center operates a 320 acre nature preserve and preschool. Its programs for all ages inspires commitment to the thoughtful care of our environment.
  • Earth 911
    It is the mission of Earth 911 to empower the public with community-specific resources to improve their quality of life. Through a single toll-free phone call to 1-800-CLEANUP or the use of this Web site, you can access several sections of community-specific environmental information.
  • EcoEducation
    Programs focusing on making EE relevant to urban learners and helping them address their unique environmental concerns
  • Environmental Resources Spatial Analysis Center (ERSAC)
    ERSAC was established to develop a unified computing environment for research on spatial analysis and modeling of natural resources and environment.
  • Global Greenhouse Warming
    The Global Greenhouse Warming web site contains over 100 informative pages on climate change.
  • Headwaters Science Center
    Located near the headwaters of the Mississippi River, HSC is dedicated to science education and environmental awareness
  • Healthy Child Healthy World
    We are dedicated to protecting the health and well being of children from harmful environmental exposures by educating parents, supporting protective policies, and engaging communities to make responsible decisions that create healthy environments where children and families can flourish.
  • Hemker Wildlife Park
    Just 90 minutes from the Twin Cities, Hemker Wildlife Park offers a clean and natural environment for observing more than 45 different species of waterfowl and many of the most interesting animals.
  • ibuydifferent.org
    World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Center for a New American Dream (New Dream) are helping young people explore the connections between their shopping choices and the environment with the Be, Live, Buy DifferentMake a Difference campaign. As part of the program, weve developed a variety of tools and materials to help youth learn about the connections and take actions that make a difference.
  • Informns
    Internet for Minnesota schools
  • International Wolf Center
    Supports the survival of the wolf around the world by teaching about its life, its association with other species and its dynamic relationship to humans
  • Journey North
    Free online educational service, where students track a dozen migratory species and share their own field observations with classrooms across the Hemisphere
  • Kids For Saving Earth
    The mission of KSE is to educate, inspire, and empower children to protect the Earth's environment.
  • Minnesota Association for Environmental Education (MAEE)
    A professional association for the Minnesota EE community, with the mission of supporting and advancing environmental education throughout the state
  • Minnesota Conservation Federation
    Dedicated to preserving Minnesota's natural resources through education and grassroots legislative action.
  • Minnesota Environmental Partnership
    MEP is a network of over 70 non-profit environmental and conservation groups working together to protect, restore and enjoy Minnesota's precious natural resources.
  • Minnesota Groundwater Association
    The MGWA Ground Water Education Committee is dedicated to educating people about ground water. We promote partnerships with those that provide education about ground water, provide educators with tools for teaching students about ground water, and provide information to citizens, legislators, and resource managers to help them understand how they can protect ground water.
  • Minnesota Herpetological Society
    The Society works to promote the study and conservation of reptiles and amphibians.
  • Minnesota Ideals: Bell Museum of Natural History's Distance Learning
    An informative site with 3 distance learning opportunities, Minnesota Performance Packages, an interactive Watershed Game, and a comparative water quality database.
  • Minnesota Lakes Association
    Organization of lakeshore property owners, lake associations, coalitions of lake associations, businesses and citizens who are dedicated to protecting and improving Minnesota's lakes
  • Minnesota Master Naturalist Program
    The Minnesota Master Naturalist Program is a volunteer program that trains adults about Minnesota's natural resources, teaches how to educate others, and provides opportunities to do conservation projects.
  • Minnesota Mycological Society (MMS)
    MMS is an educational organization for the study of mushrooms and other fungi. The purpose of the website is to provide program information and web resources relating to mushrooms and other fungi.
  • Minnesota Naturalists' Association
    This is a state professional association for informal education/interpretation in historical, cultural, and natural history settings. MNA is a community of individuals dedicated to natural history and environmental education.
  • Minnesota Science Teacher's Association
    It is the mission of Minnesota Science Teacher's Association to stimulate, coordinate, and improve science teaching and learning for all.
  • Minnesota Sea Grant
    Coastal and aquatic resources
  • Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
    One of only four urban wildlife refuges in the nation comprises 14,000 acres, stretching for 34 miles from Fort Snelling State Park to Jordan, Minnesota
  • Minnesota Zoo
    Information about the zoo and its programs
  • Mississippi Headwaters Board
    Works to protect and preserve the first 400 miles of the Mississippi River in Minnesota and includes the River Watch program
  • Multicultural Educational Services
    These interactive exercises explain what happens to the garbage that we throw away. They give examples of how to reduce, reuse and recycle. The explanations are in English, Hmong, Arabic and Somali, and can be heard online or printed from pdf files.
  • National Arbor Day Foundation
    A good resource for tress and the site that has an interactive section for kids (and adults) as well as downloadable activities for teachers.
  • National Association for Interpretation
    The National Association for Interpretation (NAI) is a professional organization dedicated to advancing the profession of heritage interpretation, currently serving about 5000 members in the United States, Canada, and over thirty other nations. Individual members include those who work at parks, museums, nature centers, zoos, botanical gardens, aquariums, commercial tour companies, and theme parks.
  • National Center for Appropriate Technology
    Championing sustainable technologies and community-based approaches that protect natural resources and assist people, especially the economically disadvantaged, in becoming more self-reliant.
  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Science Education
    The Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) Science Education Program comprises an EHP Student Edition of news articles published in EHP and environmental health science lessons based on selected articles. Lessons are aligned with National Science Education Standards in biology, chemistry, environmental science, geology, and physical science, and are targeted at students in grades 9-12. The EHP Student Edition and corresponding lessons (as well as individual news articles) can be downloaded for FREE from this website. We invite all educators to use this resource and provide us with your feedback.
  • National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service
    ATTRA provides information and other technical assistance to educators, farmers, ranchers, extension agents, and others involved in sustainable agriculture in the United States.
  • NatureReconnect.org
    NatureReconnect.org is a Minnesota-based resource for adults which simplifies and inspires a reconnection to the natural world - and encourages us to share that connection with the children in our lives. When we connect, we care and when we care we are inspired to steward our connection.
  • New Horizons for Learning
    We serve as a leading-edge resource for educational change by identifying, communicating, and helping to implement successful educational strategies. Our role has always been to give visibility to effective teaching and learning practices and ideas that have not yet reached the mainstream, and to work in coordination with other reputable networks and learning communities.
  • North American Bear Center
    By Dr. Lynn Rogers - the Bear Man
  • Oregon Environmental Council - Tiny Footprints
    This website provides information on green products and services, fun activities you can do with your child, and more ways to raise your children in a way that is good for your family's health and the environment.
  • Pine To Prairie Birding Trail
    Minnesota's first birding trail with 43 birding apots and a free trail guide.
  • Project Get Outdoors Clubs
    After school programs that help kids experience and explore the natural world through outdoor recreation.
  • Recycle More Minnesota
    Recycle More Minnesota provides information on how and why to recycle. They offer a recycling education toolkit, Kids Page, and more.
  • Rivers Council of Minnesota
    A nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Minnesotans protect, restore and and enjoy our 92,000 miles of streams and rivers.
  • Rivers of Life
    CGEE's program is a flood of projects, adventures, and resources to help K-12 teachers and students learn about, and from, their watershed.
  • Riverwatch
    This interactive, year-round web site is a partnership between Prairie Public Broadcasting, the International Flood Mitigation Initiative and people like you, who care about issues surrounding the Red River Basin.
  • ScholarshipHelp.org
    The goal of this website is to educate students about scholarship access and the necessary requirements for achieving maximum financial aid.
  • Science Museum of Minnesota
    Located in St. Paul, interactive exhibits, live theater presentations, science demonstrations, Omnitheater films, and in-depth educational opportunities abound
  • SnowCrystals.com
    Your online guide to snowflakes, snow crystals, and other ice phenomena
  • Sweetwater Alliance
    Sweetwater Alliance was created in 2002 as a fusion between ecological restoration and art and as a vehicle to creatively restore aquatic habitats.
  • The Children & Nature Network
    The vision and mission of the Children & Nature Network is to give every child in every community a wide range of opportunities to experience nature directly, reconnecting our children with nature's joys and lessons, its profound physical and mental bounty.
  • The Environment and Energy Resource Center
    Located on more than 10-acres on the east edge of the University of North Dakota (UND) campus, the EERC is a research, development, demonstration, and commercialization facility recognized as one of the world's leading developers of cleaner, more efficient energy technologies as well as environmental technologies to protect and clean our air, water, and soil.
  • The Global Education Project
    EARTH: A Graphic Look at the State of the World summarizes the conditions of the world's natural ecology and human cultures, their interactions and impact on each other.
  • The Raptor Center
    The Raptor Center's mission is the insure the health of raptors and the world we share through teaching, research and service. We offer programs, tours and other learning opportunities to the scientific community as well as the public. We also provide the full services of an avian hospital.
  • Underwater Adventures
    Underwater Adventures at the Mall of America.
  • Waters to the Sea Program
    CGEE's CD ROM-based program uses explorations to reveal how humans have changed the rivers of the Upper Mississippi watershed.
  • Watershed Action
    A coalition of over 40 organizations in the Metro area that, through collaborative educational outreach, teaches residents how to prevent water pollution in your watershed.

Residential Environmental Learning Centers

  • Audubon Center of the North Woods
    A residential environmental learning center in East Central Minnesota, 90 minutes north of the Twin Cities and five miles west of Interstate 35
  • Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement
    The 2,700-acre Baker Park Reserve is the home of the Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement, only 20 miles from downtown Minneapolis
  • Camp Courage
    Camp Courage lies on 305 acres of beautiful lakeshore, woods and fields near Maple Lake (about 50 miles west of the Twin Cities), and is a modern, accessible setting. It is available for conferences, camping groups, retreat groups, meetings and family reunions.
  • Deep Portage Learning Center
    Deep Portage Learning Center and Conservation Reserve occupies 6,100 acres of northern Minnesota lakes, streams, bogs and mixed transitional forest near Hackensack, Minnesota
  • Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center
    The center is nestled among the limestone bluffs and hardwood forests of southeastern Minnesota
  • Laurentian Environmental Center
    The Center, near the town of Britt in northern Minnesota, combines environmental education, leadership training and recreation into an exciting outdoor program in a residential setting.
  • Long Lake Conservation Center
    The center is located near Palisade, Minnesota, on 760 acres of rich forest, lake, and bog ecosystems.
  • Luther Crest
    Located 7.5 miles north of Alexandria on the shore of Lake Carlos, habitats found on the 96 acres include Maple-Basswood Forest, restored prairie, wetland, and lake shore
  • Prairie Wetlands Learning Center
    The center, located in Fergus Falls, Minnesota provides both day and residential environmental education and interpretation of the Prairie Pothole Region for learners of all ages.
  • Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center
    The center began in 1971 with an Earth Day dream and a vacant job corps camp located near Isabella in northern Minnesota

Schools

  • Air Quality and School Bus Idling Curriculum
    The Sierra Club North Star Student Group's curriculum designed for 3rd - 8th graders on air quality and school bus idling.
  • Blackduck Schools
    Studies of the water quality of three streams which flow into Blackduck Lake
  • Blue Sky Guide Fundraiser
    The Blue Sky Guide fundraiser program provides an environmentally friendly option for school or community groups. Blue Sky Guide promotes healthy living, sustainable local businesses, and environmental stewardship.
  • Classroom Earth
    This site has a collection of environmental education programs and resources for K-12 teachers, parents, and students.
  • Concordia University's (OR) Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction: Environmental Education
    Concordia University in Portland, OR offers a M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Environmental Education. It is fully online and is designed to prepare K-12 educators as specialists in the study of the earth's environment.
  • Conserve School (Land O' Lakes, WI)
    A semester-long immersion for high school students in environmental studies and outdoor activities that deepens their love of nature, reinforces their commitment to conservation, and equips them to take meaningful action as environmental stewards. The Lowenstine Honors Scholarship program fully covers tuition, room, and board for all students.
  • Coon Rapids High School Great River Project
    Project for high school students to study rivers using many different skills
  • Creative Cardboard: Environmentally Friendly and Recycled Art Projects For Kids
    This website offers a list of resources, links, and ideas for hands-on art projects using recycled materials.
  • Discover Minnesota
    Traces Minnesota History from the Ice Age to the present.
  • EIC School - Great Expectations School
  • FREE Network
    This site is for teachers and students at all grade levels who want to learn more about forests and the management of forests.
  • From the Ground Up
    Online resources allow students and teachers to explore how imagery of the earth is used in managing our natural resources.
  • Green Building for Schools
    These resources on green building are intended to introduce school administrators, facilities staff, and teachers to the spectrum of sustainability possible within schools. The list includes general resources, teaching materials, and links to case studies.
  • Green Charter Schools Network
    The vision of the Green Charter Schools Network is for every person to be environmentally literate and to practice and promote sustainability in their community.
  • Green Schools - Illinois EPA
    Site includes mercury alternatives and a Green Schools Checklist with information about energy, solid waste, indoor air, pest management, mold, water consumption, laboratory waste, renovation and purchasing.
  • Green Schools Web Site
    Place for teachers, students, and school administrators interested in combining energy education with real energy savings
  • Healthy Schools Campaign
    The mission of the Healthy Schools Campaign is to advocate for policies and model programs that allow students and staff members to learn and work in a healthy school environment.
  • Hopkins High School Freshwater Academy
    A group of five teachers at Hopkins High School share a common group of 10th, 11th, and 12th graders for the whole school day for 9 weeks. The program has an intensive field based environmental education curriculum concentrating on freshwater resources and development.
  • Illinois Resource Guide for Healthy High Performing School Buildings
    This is a free downlaodable resource (though you need to register) containing 23 chaprters. The web page includes the links from the document.
  • Integrated Pest Management in Schools
    Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an alternative approach to controlling pests using the most appropriate and least hazardous techniques. Good resources and information for school managers, teachers, maintenance personnel and parents.
  • Investigate Biodiversity
    Online educational tool that allows students and educators to learn research methods from the pros; interact with field scientists; access real world data from endangered ecosystems; and link to articles, websites, student science fair projects, and other resources.
  • K12 Today
    A tool for creating a custom, content enriched, website for your school.
  • Kentucky Green Healthy Schools (KGHS)
    The KGHS Program is a voluntary effort to empower students and staff with the tools needed to take action and make their school operate at peak efficiency.
  • KidWind Project
    Lesson plans and hands-on kits for renewable energy science projects.
  • Kindersafe
    This website provides links to information on toy safety and to groups and resources that can be used to take action on product safety.
  • Lac qui Parle Valley Water Testing
    Lac qui Parle Valley High School's water lab Web site.
  • Living for the Wild - Student Curriculum and Essay Contest
    The Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness offers a free wilderness education curriculum and accompanying essay contest for students in grades 9-12.
  • Lynd Public Schools
    Study the impact of the flooding of the Redwood River.
  • Meet the Greens
    MeetTheGreens.org is a new kids' guide to looking after the planet. Kids can watch The Greens' cartoon adventures and discover related green games, news, downloads, a blog, action tips, links, and more.
  • Minnesota Association of Charter Schools
    MACS is a membership organization with 4.5 years of history working to assist new & existing charter schools
  • Minnesota Green Schools Coalition
    The Minnesota Green Schools Coalition brings together the state's strongest advocates for our children to create a Minnesota infrastructure of green schools healthy -- high performance schools that are conducive to learning while saving energy, resources and money.
  • Minnesota Healthy Schools Program
    The vision of the Minnesota Healthy Schools program is of a public school system that embraces health and sustainability standards as a norm.
  • Minnesota K-12 Schools
    A list of schools throughout the state with links to schools that have sites available.
  • MyHealthySchool.com
    MyHealthySchool.com provides teachers, administrators and parents with action plans for creating greener, healthier, more socially responsible schools and children.
  • NASA 's Climate Kids: A kid's guide to climate change
    The Climate Kids website from NASA answers questions of climate change for students in grades 4-6 in a kid-friendly way. The site also includes a collection of Earth science-based games to illustrate weather changes, and includes educator resources.
  • NASA's Education Materials Finder
    This website helps teachers locate resources to use in the classroom. Search for resources by keywords, grade level, product type, and subject. With hundreds of publications and websites indexed, the finder is the best way to locate NASA educational resources.
  • NAUSICA - French National Sea Experience Centre
    French National Sea Experience Centre (NAUSICA)invites instructors, teachers and group leaders to discover all the educational resources that we have to offer.
  • Recycled Art Ideas for Kids
    This site offers ideas for art projects that kids can make out of recycled materials you can find around your home.
  • Scholastic's ACT GREEN!
    ACT GREEN! is a fun, educational website designed to motivate and empower kids to take action in school, at home and in their community to preserve the environment.
  • School of Environmental Studies - ISD 196
    The School of Environmental Studies at the Minnesota Zoo (SES) is an optional high school in the Rosemount/Apple Valley/Eagan School District.
  • Schools for Energy Efficiency (SEE)
    Schools for Energy Efficiency (SEE) is a comprehensive program is for K-12 schools to save energy and money by changing behavior throughout the district. SEE provides a systemized plan, training, and utility tracking for immediate and sustainable savings.
  • Shorebird Migration Science & Mystery - A Distance Learning Adventure
    Take your class on a journey and travel more than 6,500 miles with millions of shorebirds as they migrate from Panama to Alaska. For Grades 5-8.
  • Skewl Sites
    Our mission is to find The Best of Educational Web Sites. We examine hundreds of sites each month and look for quality sites to present to you.
  • St. Olaf College's
    This site is an account of St. Olaf College's environmental stewardship.
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
    STEM is a statewide campaign that is directed towards high school students, their parents and educators, promoting the importance of high school achievement, the value of rigorous courses, particularly math and science, and the need for early career and postsecondary planning.
  • Stowe Elementary
    An elementary school in Duluth with an environmental emphasis for preschool through 5th grade
  • Student Conservation Association
    SCA is Americaŭs conservation corps. Our members protect and restore national parks, marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks and community green spaces in all 50 states.
  • The Blake/Journey North Monarch Butterfly
  • The Children's Butterfly Site
    This site contains a wealth of information about butterflies and moths including coloring pages, frequently asked questions, information about life cycles, teaching and learning tools, stories and more.
  • The Teacher's Corner
    TheTeachersCorner.net features free K-12 lesson plans, science projects and activities sorted by grade, printable worksheets, and e-learning opportunities. There are also seasonal items, ideas for a bulletin board, tips for teachers, awards, and books for children, teens, and teachers.
  • The Toonies ENVIRO-Shows
    Tricia and the Toonies have been offering environmental education programs to students and community events accross the Midwest. Nominated for the Minnesota Music Award, these interactive programs with music and puppets have been an EE favorite for for more than a decade.
  • True North - Mapping Minnesota's History
    The Minnesota Historical Society created True North: Mapping Minnesota's History to provide Minnesota's teachers with the knowledge, curriculum, and tools to teach the state's new graduation standards for geography and history, using online digital resources and applications.
  • University of Minnesota - Duluth, Center for Environmental Education
    UMD's Center for Environmental Education is dedicated to facilitating leadership and educational experiences that foster environmental sustainability through outdoor and environmental education. We offer undergraduate and graduate programs.
  • Water on the Web
    Water on the Web (WOW) is a project that allows high school and college students to monitor Minnesota lakes over the Internet. WOW integrates state-of-the-art environmental monitoring with geographic information systems, data visualization, and in-depth educational materials.
  • WaterShed Action
    The site offers one-stop help in planning and organizing service-learning projects to prevent water pollution in your watershed. Within this site you can access everything from scientific background information or curricula, to local experts or stencils for painting storm drain signs.
  • Web66
    A K12 World Wide Web Project
  • Wisconsin's Green School Program
    The program encourages teachers, staff and students to work together to use the school, its grounds, and the whole community as learning tools to help teach sound environmental practices and promote environmental sustainability.
  • WolfQuest
    Designed for youth, ages 10-13, WolfQuest teaches wolf behavior and ecology through its exciting gameplay and intense social interactions.
  • Zerofootprint Youth Calculator
    Designed for American students, the calculator encourages students, classrooms, and entire schools to measure and manage their own carbon footprints while developing creative ways to curb their carbon output and slow climate change.

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