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Favorite Links

        – Chesapeake Bay Resources – Student Action Projects
  – Environmental Education Resources – Virtual Environmental Field Trips
  – Grants Citizen Science Resources
  – Nature Cams – Links for teachers
  – Online Field Guides – Links for students

Chesapeake Bay Resources 

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation. This site shares information regarding research and the latest in politics regarding the Bay. http://www.cbf.org

Chesapeake Bay Program. Great resource for finding Bay facts, data and publications. http://www.chesapeakebay.net/discover

Chesapeake Bay Ecological Foundation, Inc. This site contains many links for finding more information about the Chesapeake Bay. http://www.chesbay.org/links/

Bay Backpack. Learn some creative ways to integrate the Chesapeake Bay and environmental issues into your classroom lessons. http://www.baybackpack.com

USFWS Chesapeake Bay Office. Information on wildlife and habitats in our region. There is also information on Bayscapes, School yard habitat projects, and other restoration efforts. http://www.fws.gov/chesapeakebay/


Environmental Education Resources

Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Educators. Find out what’s happening in Maryland’s environmental community. Learn about Green Schools, projects and conferences. http://www.maeoe.org



Chesapeake Bay Trust. This is the organization that is responsible for those Bay License plates. The money from those plates supports grants that you and/or your students can write for projects working to improve the watershed. http://www.chesapeakebaytrust.org/

Donors Choose. Disney has collaborated with DonorsChoose.org an online charity that connects individual donors with public school classrooms in need to fund 50% of your environmental projects. http://www.donorschoose.org/teachers

Target Field Trip Grants.  Each year, Target store grants help K-12 schools and nonprofit organizations bring arts and cultural experiences to students, provide support for educational field trips and fund early childhood reading programs.  https://corporate.target.com/corporate-responsibility/grants

Chesapeake Bay Trust K-12 Environmental Education Mini Grant.  The Chesapeake Bay Trust Mini Grant Program supports field experiences, fieldwork and student-led action projects as well as teacher professional development and programs to advance environmental literacy in the Chesapeake Bay area. http://www.cbtrust.org/site/c.miJPKXPCJnH/b.5457547/k.D6AC/K12_Environmental_Education_Mini_Grant.htm

Aquatic Resources Education Grant Program.  Maryland’s Aquatic Resources Education (ARE) Grants Program assists public and private schools (pre-K -12) and environmental education centers that are part of the public school system by providing funding for aquatic based projects.  http://dnr.maryland.gov/ccs/Pages/aregrants.aspx

Lowes Toolbox for Education.   Lowe’s will donate up to $5 million to public schools and public school parent teacher groups.  Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation (LCEF) knows how hard teachers work for their kids and community and they’re dedicated to helping  parent-teacher groups achieve even more for their schools.   http://www.toolboxforeducation.com/

Captain Planet Foundation Grants.  The mission of the Captain Planet Foundation is to give the next generation of environmental stewards an active understanding and love for the natural world in which they live. Their unique program of funding and supporting hands-on environmental projects is designed to encourage innovative initiatives that inspire and empower children and youth around the world as they work individually and collectively creating environmental solutions in their homes, schools and communities.  http://captainplanetfoundation.org/apply-for-grants/


Nature Cams

Barn Owlcam. Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife. http://wdfw.wa.gov/wildwatch/owlcam/video_barnowl.html

Osprey Cam.  Wetlands Institute Osprey Cam  http://wetlandsinstitute.org/education/osprey-camera/  Chesapeake Conservancy Osprey Cam  http://www.chesapeakeconservancy.org/osprey-cam

Eagle Cams.  Washington, DC Arboretum Eagle Cam.   http://dceaglecam.org,  Outdoor Channel.   http://www.outdoorchannel.com/eaglecam.aspx,  Blackwater Wildlife refuge.    http://www.friendsofblackwater.org/camhtm2.html


Online Field Guides

Discover Life.  Provides free on-line tools to identify species, share ways to teach and study nature’s wonders, report findings, build maps, process images, and contribute to and learn from a growing, interactive encyclopedia of life that now has 1,148,881 species pages http://www.discoverlife.org

Cornell Lab of Ornithology.   A guide to birds and birdwatching.  Information on 585 species are in this online bird guide.  http://www.allaboutbirds.org/


Student Action Projects

The Chesapeake Bay FieldScope Project. A “citizen science” initiative in which students investigate water quality issues on local and regional scales and collaborate with students across the Bay to analyze data and take action.  http://chesapeake.fieldscope.org/


Virtual Environmental Field Trips

Views of National Parks. A multimedia education program that presents the natural, historical and cultural wonders associated with national parks. Includes ready-to-use lesson plans.  http://www.nature.nps.gov/views/layouts/main.html#/Views/



Citizen Science Resources 

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Links for teachers

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. For formal and non-formal educators, this website includes curriculum resources and activities, community service projects, professional development opportunities, background information, and contacts and other links. Topics include: birds, fish plants, endangered species and habitat.  http://www.fws.gov/letsgooutside/educators.html

EcoLibrary. EcoLibrary allows students and teachers to freely use materials that support learning about ecology, conservation biology, and the environment. http://www.ecolibrary.org

LiveScience. An original content site focusing on the innovative and intriguing in Science and Technology. It covers news, views and scientific inquiry with articles by respected science journalists and contributors, LiveScience looks at new discoveries, intellectual adventures and the idiosyncrasies of the world that surrounds us. www.livescience.com/environment

Nature Works Everywhere.  The Nature Conservancy and its 550 scientists have created a new initiative – Nature Works Everywhere.   Nature Works Everywhere gives teachers, middle school students and families everything they need to start exploring and understanding nature’s fantastic factory — videos, interactive games, and interactive lesson plans that align to standards. http://www.natureworkseverywhere.org

Teach with Technology. Great site for all subject areas. Check out the Tracks for web quests that other teachers have developed and you can access by keyword, such as WATERSHED or WETLANDS. This site helps teachers locate and create ready-to-use Web lessons, quizzes, rubrics and classroom calendars. There are also tools for student use.  http://www.4teachers.org

Project Learning Tree®.  PLT is a program of the American Forest Foundation that uses the forest as a window on the world.  PLT provides educators with peer-reviewed, award-winning environmental education curriculum resources that can be integrated into lesson plans for all grades and subject areas.  https://www.plt.org/environmental-curriculum-resources-for-teachers

United States Environmental Protection Agency.  The EPA provides K-12 students and educators access to quality homework resources, lesson plans and project ideas to learn and teach about the environment.   http://www2.epa.gov/students

National Environmental Education Foundation.  NEEF is an independent non-profit organization working with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  NEEF’s mission is not to tear down the walls separating us from nature, but to open a doorway to it – to show Americans how much we need nature: how it sustains our lives, benefits our health, and enriches our souls.  http://www.neefusa.org/

National Education Association.  The NEA is committed to advancing the cause of public education.  They provides environmental education activities & resources, lesson plans, activities, professional development, and more.  http://www.nea.org/tools/EnvironmentalEducationActivitiesAndResources.html  

Environmental Literacy Council. For students and teachers looking for information about environmental science. The site provides labs, activities, teaching tips, assessment tools and textbook reviews as well as a search by topic feature. There are also links to online resources such as state and federal governmental agencies and websites for kids and teachers. http://www.enviroliteracy.org

Catch the Bug. K-4. This site aims to increase science literacy, raise environmental awareness and introduce science careers.  http://www.sciencebug.org

University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Information about the Maryland Bay-Wise Program. This site focuses on homeowner education to help reduce pollutants in the local waterways and the Chesapeake Bay by providing information on how to keep a healthy landscape. http://extension.umd.edu/baywise

BirdSleuth. Module for investigating evidence Gr 4-8 helps build inquiry skills while teaching about birds. http://www.birds.cornell.edu/birdsleuth/about/inquiry-resources

Immersion Learning. Resources for teaching about oceans Gr 4-8. http://immersionlearning.org

Pulse of the Planet. National Science Foundation offers audio programs, stories, and blogs from scientists and educator resources including lesson plans on climate, water, energy and conservation. http://www.pulseplanet.com/

Climate Change, Wildlife, and Wildlands Toolkit. This toolkit is designed for classroom teachers and informal educators and is aimed at the middle school grade level.The kit was developed to aid educators in teaching how climate change is affecting our nation’s wildlife and public lands, and how everyone can become “climate stewards.” http://www.globalchange.gov/browse/educators/wildlife-wildlands-toolkit

Climate Science Resources, NOAA.  This NOAA website is an amazing resource linking teachers to climate science student activities, labs, interactive tools and lesson plans, all reviewed by NOAA specialists.  Find multimedia tools to enhance your lessons and support student understanding.  Professional development opportunities can also be found on this site.  http://www.climate.gov/#education

Sourcemap.  Find out where things come from.  Sourcemap is a directory of product supply chains and carbon footprints.  http://sourcemap.com


Links for students

Kids for A Clean Environment. Their mission is to provide information on environmental issues to children, to encourage and facilitate youth’s involvement with effective environmental action and to recognize those efforts which result in the improvement of nature. http://www.kidsface.org/

Eekoworld. This site from PBS shows videos of topics such as the environment (biomes), recycling, air and water, and the future. http://pbskids.org/eekoworld

The Imagination Factory. Teaches children creative ways to recycle by making art. The lessons and activities include drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, papier-mache, marbling, and crafts.   http://www.kid-at-art.com/

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. For students of all ages. Explore and learn about fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats and how you can help conserve, protect, and enhance them.  http://www.fws.gov/letsgooutside/kids.html

Environmental Literacy Council. For students who are looking for information about the environment. The site provides information about the earth and the ways that man affects it. Systems covered include air, water, land, energy, food, etc. There are links to other websites that provide more in depth information about each topic. http://www.enviroliteracy.org/students-index.php